The serious business of jazz!

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With just two weeks to go before the 6th Annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues trustees celebrate the organisation’s 7th Annual General Meeting at The Atrium Café Bar next Wednesday (April 15th) with another exceptional event!

Susan Lightbown, chairwoman of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, said that the AGM will be no ordinary affair. Formal business is to be concentrated into a half-hour session surrounded by two jazz band performances, a quiz designed to test members’ depth of knowledge of jazz, and supper provided by The Atrium Café Bar.

Members of the club’s Splinter Band Quintet will welcome members to the meeting at 7 pm, playing some well-known jazz standards for club members and guests. Formal AGM business could be quite an entertaining part of the evening when trustees are expected to report on activities from the previous 12 months before asking members and friends to comment on, and add to, the organisation’s plans for the next 12 months.

Eddie Lomax’s jazzy quiz and supper will follow formal business before the exceptional highlight of the evening takes place when five pianists, all with close connections with Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, take to the stage and entertain what is expected to be a full audience.

Five musicians will assemble around four keyboards and over the next hour will play some delightful arrangements as duets, trios, and quartets, and quite possibly even as a quintet. Eddie Lomax, the arranger of this potentially extraordinary musical extravaganza, says he is not aware that such a performance by five pianist on keyboards has ever been attempted before!

Rehearsals involving Eddie Lomax, Eric Ainsworth, Frank Flynn, Tommy Taylor, and Trish Ferrarin have been taking place in earnest over the past few weeks, and the message is for members and guests to be prepared to enjoy some high quality performances, but also to expect the unexpected!

Annual General Meetings are normally an affair for a club’s membership, but this AGM will not be an exclusive event. The club’s secretary, Alfred Cerezo, has declared the meeting is open to anyone with an interest in promoting and supporting the playing of live jazz music.

Anyone wanting any more information about this exceptional AGM, or about the impending jazz festival which takes place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, can email to info@rvjazzandblues.co.uk or phone 07870 908159.