Plans in hand for second jazz band

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Two-and-a-half years after setting up Ribble Valley’s first jazz and swing big band, Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues is getting ready to set up a second big band following several enquiries from local musicians.

The first band, Ribble Valley Jazz Collective, directed by Paul Rigby, has been rehearsing regularly on Monday evenings at The Atrium Café Bar in Clitheroe Castle grounds.

It has more than 25 musicians who have blended into a fine band, and who have played a range of traditional and modern big band tunes at over 15 gigs since formation. Highlights have been playing for big crowds at the Clitheroe Food Festival, and more recently at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Enthusiasm shown by the Collective has motivated new enquiries, which has spurred Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues to consider setting up a second band, something which has always been on the agenda. Invitations have been sent out to existing enquiries for an initial meeting to be held at The Atrium Café Bar at 6-30 pm next Monday, November 10th, when it is hoped that at least 20 new members will commit to joining up.

Tuesday evening rehearsals could start very soon after this meeting. Other new enquiries are welcome from musicians of varying experience by email to geoff@rvjazzandblues.co.uk or by phoning 07870908159 for more information.

Band director Paul Rigby says that this second band will play to a more funky style and band members will not necessarily need to be able to read music. New members will need to attend regular rehearsals at The Atrium, and can expect to start playing regular gigs for funky jazz enthusiasts within 12 months. A performance at next year’s Clitheroe Jazz Festival on the May bank holiday weekend might well be on the cards if things go to plan.