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Preston Jam 2017

Preston Jam is a brand new music festival curated by the University of Central Lancashire in partnership with the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. The festival will be delving into jazz, exploring all its diverse forms from rap to hip-hop to electronica. Whether you are part of a band or just passionate about music, come along and experience the feeling of freedom music can create by exploring the different styles and genres that the 21st century has to offer.

The festival will run from Saturday 25 March to Saturday 1 April, with a variety of musical and academic events including community events, seminars and gigs with an opportunity to get involved in some experimental music.

For enquiries contact Rosie on 01772 894106 or

Soweto Kinch, Saturday 1 April, 6.30pm – 12.00am at 53

Soweto Kinch headlines this final Preston Jam event, a pre-Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Fringe event, partnered by UCLan and Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues festival, in a three band production with Soweto, the multi award winning UK king of jazz and hip-hop, teaming up with all-women rising-star London septet, Nérija. Atomic Brass, a brassy jazz five piece Lancaster band make an early start for a fantastic finale.

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25-Hour Day
Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 March, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Join us for this non-stop musical improvisation. There will be a variety of musicians and a range of music styles dropping in throughout the event to jam with each other and create a unique musical narrative. Drop in at any time during the performance to open your mind and ears.

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25 Hour Jam

Avant Garden
Thursday 30 March, 7.30pm – 11.00pm

An excellent evening of varied music-making, featuring the jazz-fusion guitar legend and ex-Isotope band leader Gary Boyle. Supporting Gary Boyle is Cold Bath Street, a raging 4/5/6/7 piece band that builds grand music from small phrases, moving effortlessly between genres. The evening will also feature original music by students from the University of Central Lancashire BA (Hons) Music course, a course that covers non-standard approaches to music-making.

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Gary Boyle

Music and Freedom Symposium
Friday 31 March, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

This event brings together distinguished international academics and dynamic Northern artistic and musical performers for a truly unique event. Leading Civil Rights scholar and author of the landmark text, Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations, Professor Brian Ward from Northumbria University will give the keynote address on “Freedom Sounds: Music and the Civil Rights Movement”. The other academic speaker will be Dr. María Rocío Cobo Piñero from the University of Cadiz whose paper will look at 1920s Jazz and Spanish flappers. Our performance element will showcase the links cotton establishes in the nineteenth century between enslaved Africans and the Lancashire working class using song and dance. This will be delivered by the ballad singer and clog dancer, Manchester-based Jennifer Reid and the black British performance artist Jade Montserrat from Scarborough.

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Music and Freedom

Danny Saul / Kinder Meccano / Third City
Friday 31 March, 7.30pm – 11.30pm

Preston Jam presents an evening of mind-bending electroacoustic music with Danny Saul, Kinder Meccano and Third City. A great opportunity to get in early with the fresh bands that are to come.

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Danny Saul

Django Performance Seminar
Saturday 1 April, 12.00pm – 2.30pm

An illustrated performance of Django’s music by a quartet specialising in Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. Django Reinhardt, one of the great improvisers of the swing era, was arguably the first major non-American jazz artist and guitar hero.

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Rhythm Alley Jammin / Worldwide Samba Drummers / Preston Samba Dancers
Saturday 1 April, 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Preston Jam brings the Flag Market to life with a Saturday afternoon of live music. First up are the Worldwise Samba Drummers and Preston Samba Dancers, community groups based at UCLan as part of the Something for Everyone project. Their infectious high-energy performances combine traditional rhythms and dance moves with original material. From 1.30pm, Rhythm Alley Jammin will create a circle to share and explore sound. Either grab an instrument or bring your own and jam along with the group. This event will give you the chance to call and respond to the rhythm in a way you never have.

Book here for Rhythm Alley Jammin / Worldwise Samba Drummers / Preston Samba Dancers

Samba Drummers