FESTIVAL NEWS: lkley Jazz Festival 2018

The fifth edition of the festival runs from 15th to 19th August

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This year is the 5th year of the jazz festival in Ilkley, it started from humble beginnings as a day of Jazz at the Summer festival. To celebrate the festival are commissioning a piece of music from well known jazz composer Jamil Sheriff, called the Ilkley Suite, based on Ilkley and the surrounding landscape, which will be performed for the first time on 18th August this year.

This year the festival has 30 events, 13 more than last year, across 11 venues of which 4 are new to the festival, with free events, ticketed events and events combined with meals. The headline acts this year are performing in the winter gardens and unusually both headliners are female this year, Jazz Singer Anita Wardell has recently moved back to Australia so this will be one her few performances in the UK this year and Jazz Harpist Alinia Bzhezhinska who is now based in London and has been wowing the southern jazz fans makes her first visit to Yorkshire.

The festival starts on 15th August with performances around town and ends on Sunday 19th August, here is the full listing:

Wednesday 15th
5.30 – 7 pm Ilkley Cinema, Sam Watts solo performance and film – £11
6 – 8 pm The Gin Lounge, Julie Edwards – Duo Jazz vocals – Free
7 – 9pm Monkmans, James Birkett duo – Guitar duo – Meal
7 – 9pm Quinta, Nikki Allen duo – Jazz vocals – Meal
8 – 10pm Martinez, Dave Smith duo – Blues – £5

Thursday 16th
6.30 – 8.30pm The Black Hat, Zoe Gilby quartet – Jazz vocals – Meal
7 – 9pm Monkmans, Esther Bennet duo – Jazz vocals – Meal
7 – 9pm Quinta, Kate Peters duo – Jazz vocals – Meal
8 – 9pm Friends of ham, Nik Svarc trio – Fusion – Free
9 – 10pm Friends of ham, Beverley Beirne and Nik Svarc trio – Directors jam – Free

Friday 17th
4 – 6pm Ticket office, Backchat Brass – New Orleans – Free
6 – 8pm Monkmans, Rod Mason duo – Sax duo – Meal
6.30 – 7.30pm The Winter Gardens, Ronnie Bottomley trio -Piano trio – Free
8 – 10pm The Winter Gardens, Anita Wardell quartet – Jazz Vocals – £18

Saturday 18th
10 – 12am The Winter Gardens, Jazz Workshop- Workshop Free
1 – 2pm The Winter Gardens, The Paradise Trio – Trumpet led – £6
2.30 – 3.30pm The Winter Gardens, Paul Edis octet – Instrumental -£6
4 – 5pm The Winter Gardens, Perpetual Motion Machine – Rock Fusion – £6
5.30 – 7pm Ticket Office, Bare Brass Band – New Orleans – Free
7 – 8pm The Winter Gardens, The Ilkley Suite – Instrumental with vocals – £6
8.30– 10.30pm The Winter Gardens, Alina Bzhezhinska – Instrumental – £15
Throughout The Winter Gardens, Darren Dunston Bromley – Solo Guitar – Free
11 – 1am The Black Hat, Jazz Jam – Jam – Free

Sunday 19th
10 – 11.30am The Black Hat, Jamil Sheriff – Masterclass – Free
12.30 – 2.30pm The Black Hat, Matt Holborn – Gypsy Jazz – Free
12.30 – 2.30 Broadleys,James Mainwarring – Instrumental – Meal
1 – 2pm Bandstand, Steph Atkinson 2 Rivers 4tet – Instrumental – Free
2 – 4pm Bandstand, The Dales Jam – Instrumental – Free
3 – 5pm The Black Hat, Swing Manouche – Gypsy Jazz – Free
4 – 6pm The Ticket Office, Sontuno – Latin – Free

More details at http://ilkleyjazzfest.blogspot.co.uk/

Weekend Tickets including all events in the winter Gardens are £50 and Saturday Tickets are £35. Tickets from Ilkley visitor information centre – 01943 60231