It is fitting to conclude the 10th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival programme with an ever-popular ensemble which has featured prominently down the years. Ribble Valley Jazz & 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 (drummer/bandleader) Paul J Rigby, aims to showcase the best of this talent at this festival finale at The Grand, and welcomes special guest, trombonist/composer/arranger, Mark Nightingale.
Mark is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist, a highly respected writer, & one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians. He has composed for trombone and other brass instruments, and occasionally directs the BBC Big Band. Mark began playing trombone at age nine, playing in the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra & the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in his teens. He has toured & recorded with James Morrison. He has strong musical relationships with John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, & Alan Barnes, and has worked with numerous top jazz musicians including; Louie Bellson, Scott Hamilton, Ray Brown, Cleo Laine, Claire Martin, Clark Terry & Kenny Wheeler. Outside of jazz he has appeared with Steely Dan, Kylie Minogue, Sting, Tom Jones, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, & Michel Legrand.
Founded in 1989, the NJO is also in celebratory mood, reaching the 20 years milestone of 20 years in 2019. The Big Band combines the best of big band standards with swing and pop. This festival finale will be a classy big band concert not to be missed!
RVJazz is keen to create links to other minority art forms within the Festival. P J Rigby's NJO gig at 4.30pm is preceded at 4pm by an innovation, a 30 minute poetry reading from local Stanza Group, called 'Music meets Poetry, recited by Stanza, inspired by Jazz' - This free half-hour poetry & music event is incorporated into the admission ticket for Paul J Rigby's Northern Jazz Orchestra with Mark Nightingale.