I'm excited to be introducing myself here as part of Lancaster Jazz Festival 2015. My name is Rob and I'm a sixth form student at Cardinal Newman College in Preston. Outside college I'm also involved in the North Lancashire Young Green Party and the Dukes Theatre. It's great to be part of the festival team this year having attended and played at the festival in previous years. Although my musical tastes extend far beyond jazz, I consider it as a cornerstone of my musical education and development as a guitarist. In terms of jazz, I have recently been listening to Snarky Puppy, trumpeter Christian Scott and the more pop-influenced Laura Mvula. My role in the festival will be trying to capture the festival as it happens, documenting it online in photography and film. I will also play a part in artist interviews and Q&A sessions.
- Rob Herissone-Kelly, festival reporter