Thank you LondonJazz for spotting that Yorkshire's Dales Jam have been awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Community Music Grant. Dales Jam was formed in 2003 by a group of people of all ages and musical abilities, who wanted a time and a place to meet up and play music. Since then, under the guidance of music director Richard Ormrod (Jazz Yorkshire Educator of the Year 2012), the band has grown and now meets at the Auction Mart in Skipton on Monday nights.
Dales Jam are taking part in a 'Transpennine Triple Jam' in Lancaster which will feature three top community based large jazz ensembles on 10 November with 'Jam Factory' (Darwen) and Youth Orbit (Lancaster).
Transpennine Triple Jam
For some years, Jam Factory and Dales Jam, who share both Musical Director Richard Ormrod and an approach to jazz, have wanted to meet up to play together, but the size of the two groups has prevented this, until the Great Hall at Lancaster University was suggested.