Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 2012: Pictures special

JAZZ came to Clitheroe at the weekend when the town hosted another Ribble Valley Jazz Festival – and it proved to be the best ever.

With more than 16 events taking place across the four-day festival, plus street musicians playing in various places there was something for everyone, including entertainment for children at The Grand and in a marquee at the Castle.

A member of Pendle Jazzmen performs on Wellgate in Clitheroe as part of the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.'Photo Ben Parsons

A member of Pendle Jazzmen performs on Wellgate in Clitheroe as part of the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.'Photo Ben Parsons

This popular festival kicked off with a reception and dinner jazz with the Mark Lewis Trio at the Atrium Café Bar. One Way Street played at the Inn at The Station, while Harold Salisbury regaled diners at Piccolino.

On Saturday café jazz was played at the Old Post House Hotel by Dee and Reg while Sweet Georgia Blue and Evie Plumb played at the Antrium Café Bar, with Laurie and Carol performing at the New Inn.

Street jazz in the form of Pacific Lamppost entertained diners in Maxwell’s Café Bar and shoppers in Clitheroe Market, while at the Castle gates and Wellgate Nick Schumann and the Pendle Jazzmen were performing.

Bigger gigs took place at The Grand to packed audiences. These featured the St Christopher’s School Band and Blackburn Youth Jazz Band, two of the best young jazz bands in the region. Award winning jazz singer Clare Teal and her musicians topped the bill, thrilling everyone with a star studded performance.

Although the weather was not as warm as last year there were good crowds to appreciate the live music and all venues reported excellent trade.