It seems fitting to conclude the 10th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival programme with an ever-popular ensemble who have featured prominently down the years.
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues has been promoting the talents of young musicians from across the North in all of its festival programmes. The Northern Jazz Orchestra (or 'NJO'), led by the former Festival president (and drummer / bandleader) Paul J Rigby, aims to showcase the best of this talent at this festival finale at The Grand.
Founded in 1989, the NJO is also in celebratory mood, as it reaches the milestone of 20 years in 2019.
The Big Band - who combine the best of big band standards with swing and pop, will welcome former Clitheroe-based musician and star trumpet player Andy Greenwood as its special guest.
Andy studied with the great Bobby Shew whilst a member of the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. He later joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, during this time was asked to join the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, where he remained a member for six years.
Throughout his musical career he has worked with artists such as Al Jarreau, Chuck Findley, Wayne Bergeron, Bobby Shew, Jon Faddis, James Morrison, Steve Gadd, Bob Brookmeyer, Michael Gibbs, Bill Frisell, Eliane Elias, New York Voices, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Maceo Parker, Westlife, Michael Buble, Shirley Bassey, Georgie Fame, Barry Manilow, Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, George Michael, Robbie Williams, Jamiroquai and The Who.
He has performed with many groups including The Metropole Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Super C Big Band, Laurence Cottle Big Band, Steve Sidwell Big Band, Guy Barker Big Band, BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra. He has also appeared in West End shows including Wicked, Chicago, My One and Only, The Rat Pack, Saturday Night Fever, Guys and Dolls, Ray Charles, The Producers, Sinatra, 42nd St and Motown The Musical.