Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ilkley Jazz Festival 2018

 Now that we are into 2018 we can confirm that Ilkley Jazz Festival will be running from 15th to 19th August this year. At present we have 26 events on our radar and we are looking at another 4 to round the festival up to 30 events across 12 to 14 venues in Ilkley. And as you know every event is special and different so there will be lots for you to pick and mix with!

Our Headline acts have been booked and will be announced soon, we were really concerned that we would not be able to match or better last years performances, but we may just have done that, with two Amazing headliners, one of which will be giving one of her last UK performances and the other is an international artist giving her debut Northern performance…

The other big news is that this year we are commissioning a suite of music to celebrate 5 years of Ilkley Jazz Festival and Ilkley in general. It will be based on the landscape of Ilkley, with collaborations with some Ilkley artists and the composer Jamil Sheriff. The first performance will be on the Saturday and there are some big names in Jazz getting behind this project. To let you know how this is progressing we are having monthly updates from various people involved here:

And don’t forget if you cant wait till then we have our regular monthly sessions at Monkmans! 

And here is a hint who one of those headline acts might be, let us know who it is in the comments below!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Monkmans Jazz Season 2017/18

Our 2017/18 series of Jazz events in association with Monkmans restaurant, Cunliffe Road start on 20th September, on the third Wednesday of the month through to 20 June. We have some great duo acts lined up for you from the North of England. Combined with an amazing 3 course meal you will have a great night out for £39.50.
For Bookings please call 01943 817 485

20 September Nik Svarc and Sam Dunn

Yorkshire based guitarists start the series with a two guitar special, playing a heady mix of original material and well known standards.
18 October Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden
We enjoyed Julie Edwards fantastic jazz festival performance so much we have invited her and Kevin back for a second performance, this time at Monkmans. Julie is a true jazz singer supplying us with a mix of standards and some more contemporary songs.

15 November The Inside Outside Duo
Dr Kathy Dyson and John Dyson, guitar and sax, having played many French venues, come to Monkmans for the first time!

20 December Rebecca Frodsham

First time to Monkmans for Rebecca and Canadian guitarist Jeffrey Hewer, more details to follow!

17 January Birkett and Fisk
Emma and James have been re-scheduled for later in the year, please look out for them in October!

21 February Beverley Beirne and Adrian Knowles
Beverley returns, this time with bass player Adrian Knowles, playing some classic standards and little known gems.
'Finger clicking good' - Jenny Ells BBC radio York

21 March Stuart MacDonald
Stuart MacDonald, master sax man, is accompanied by vibes, playing the music of Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, Stan Getz and Stanley Turentine.

18 April Zoe Gilby's Pannonica
Zoe returns after her fabulous performance at Ilkley Jazz Festival, this time with Paul (Monk) Edis on keys to play the music of Thelonious Monk with workds written by Zoe.

16 May Ben Lowman and Sam Dunn
The dynamic Duo of Ben Lowman (Sax) and Sam Dunn (Guitar) make a welcome return to Monkmans, playing standards from the golden age of jazz.

20 June Jazz vocalist Beverley Beirne closes the season.

In association with Ilkley Jazz Festival

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Ilkley Jazz Festival 2017

Well we had a great time with all our artists, venues and audience, here are some photos and a video. We will be at it again the weekend of 18 Aug 2018 all being well!

Zoe Gilby in Monkmans followed by Dave Smith in Martinez

Julie Edwards in Quinta followed by Trepenwitz in Friends of Ham

Backchat Brass around town!

Unfortunately I didn't get to take a photo of Richard and Paul in Monkmans
Here are a couple of Ian Shaw in the Winter Gardens

The workshop video is available here

Jamile Sheriff Trio was followed by the Jamie Brownfield Quartet followed by James Mainwaring Ikigai

In the evening we had Beverley sings Carmichael followed by John Crawford

Following on from the Jam Session and Masterclass we had Hot Club Du Nord in the Black Hat with the Dales Jam rounding off the festival at the Bandstand



If you fancy a bit more jazz through the year our monthly sessions will be starting again in Monkmans in September, full list will be out soon!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Ilkley Jazz Festival 2017 Line up

This year we are aiming to be bigger and better than previous years!!!
So we have 5 new (to us) venues, 14 amazing acts and 3 events for you to attend.

Tickets are now on sale at the Ilkley Visitor Information Centre for our main events

Ilkley Jazz Festival is a small festival that has been growing steadily over the last 4 years and this year it is going to be even bigger with 14 acts that have just been announced at this years festival and 3 educational events.
Headlining is Ian Shaw one of the worlds best male jazz singers often compared with Kurt Ellling and Mark Murphy, he will be performing at the Winter Gardens on 18th August. Ian will be performing music from his latest album Theory of Joy.

On Saturday 19th there are 5 acts that give the full breadth of the contemporary jazz genre, the day starts at 1pm in the Winter Gardens with Jamil Sheriff’s piano trio, followed by British Jazz Award winning Jamie Brownfields trumpet led quartet, and then Mobo nominated James Mainwaring leads a new sax lead quartet. After a short break for tea, expect a masterclass in jazz singing as Beverley sings Carmichael at 6.30pm followed by John Crawford headlining Saturday with Latin influenced jazz music from his latest Album Times of Tides.

Opening the festival we have the outstanding jazz singer Zoe Gilby from Newcastle performing at Monkmans with bassist Andy Champion on Wednesday 16th. Blues guitarist Dave Smith will be playing way down in the depths of Martinez Cellar Bar. On Thursday jazz singer Julie Edwards will be captivating us at Quinta and the improvisational talents of the Matt Aplin Trio will be playing his project Treppenwitz at Freinds of Ham.
The Wweekend starts with Backchat Brass who will be surprising us with pop up performances around town. Virtuoso saxophonist Stuart MacDonald plays at Monkmans on Friday 18th. On Sunday, Hot Club du Nord, an amazing violin led gypsy band from Newcastle will be playing in the Black Hat. 

The festival closes with the fantastic community jazz band Dales Jam on the Ilkley Banstand.

There are 3 educational events where you can learn a bit more about Jazz, the Late night jazz jam is your chance to play, the long running workshop and the masterclass are all free!
There are also another 8 events around town in various venues including Monkmans, Quinta, The Band-stand, The Black Hat, Friends of Ham and Martinez.

Tickets  and seat bookings for the Winter Garden events are available at the Ilkley Visitor Information Centre, there are Friday night tickets (£15), Saturday individual priced tickets (£various) Saturday full day tickets (£30) and Weekend tickets (£40) call 01943 602319 or pop in!
For the other acts please book directly with the venues, details below.

Ilkley Jazz Festival

Schedule 16 – 20 Aug 2017

Wed 16/8            – 7pm Monkmans – Zoe Gilby   SOLD OUT
£37.50 inc 3 course meal book on 01943 817 485
Wed 16/8            – 9pm Martinez – Dave Smith    SOLD OUT
£5 book on 01943 600 000
Thur 17/8             – 7pm Quinta – Julie Edwards    SOLD OUT               
£30 inc meal book on 01943 602 670
Thur 17/8             – 9pm Friends of Ham – Treppenwitz - Free Please arrive early for a seat!
Fri 18/8 – 4pm Town Centre – Backchat Brass - Free
Fri 18/8                 – 6pm  Monkmans – Stuart MacDonald SOLD OUT
£22.50 inc 2 course meal book on 01943 817 485
Fri 18/8                 – 8pm Winter Gardens – Ian Shaw Theory of Joy
£15 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319
Sat 19/8                – 10am Winter Gardens – Jazz workshop - Free
book by email on
Sat 19/8                – 1pm Winter Gardens – Jamil Sheriff Trio - Places Like This
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319
Sat 19/8                – 2.30 pm Winter Gardens Jamie Brownfield Quartet
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319
Sat 19/8                – 4 pm Winter Gardens James Mainwarring Trio -  Ikigai
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319
Sat 19/8                – 6.30 pm Winter Gardens Beverley Sings Carmichael
£7.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319
Sat 19/8                – 8pm Winter Gardens John Crawford  Times and Tides
£12.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319
Sat 19/8                – 11pm Black Hat – Late Night Jazz Jam - Free
book by email to play on
Sun 20/8              – 10am Black Hat – Latin Rythms Masterclass with John Crawford Free
book by email to play on
Sun 20/8              – 12.30pm  Black Hat – Hot Club Du Nord Jazz Brunch – Free
Sun 20/8              – 3.30pm Bandstand– Dales Jam – Free
Artists 2017
More info for each of the artists is available here
Zoe Gilby           
First time to the festival for Zoe, coming from Newcastle Zoe will be performing an intimate set of voice and  accompanied by the bass playing husband Andy Champion
“Talent, skill and a beautiful voice.” Mod Radio, MADRID
Dave Smith        
As we all know jazz is based on the blues, Dave Smith is a traditional styled blues guitarist and singer, expect old school blues!
Julie Edwards duo                          
Nominated and shortlisted for the Yorkshire Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 2010, Derbyshire born vocalist Julie Edwards brings Kevin Dearden to Ilkley for a classic set of Jazz Standards

Original compositions and improvisations interwoven with music from the swing and early bop era, from some of Leeds finest young musicians: Matt Aplin piano; Tom Riviere double bass; Steve Hanley drums.

Backchat Brass
This 6 piece band are going to be out and about in Ilkley town centre, they play a mix of  contemporary and jazz standards

Stuart MacDonald
One of Yorkshires premier saxophonists, will be playing the music whilst you dine in Monkmans
Ian Shaw - Theory of Joy
It is a great pleasure for us to have Ian Shaw and his trio headline at Ilkley Jazz Festival this year, featuring songs from his recent album Theory of Joy. Ian is joined by his powerhouse trio, Barry Green piano; Mick Hutton bass and Dave Ohm drums.
“Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the JazzFM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.
‘Shaw and his trio leave most of their peers at the starting gate.’ Telegraph.
Jamil Sheriff Trio – Places Like This
Jamil’s latest project is a powerful combination of three of the UK’s finest jazz musicians (Dave Walsh, Drums and Pete Turner, Bass) Jamil is known throughout the UK Jazz scene for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music, and this latest project is no exception.
Jamie Brownfield Quartet
JBQ consists of British Jazz Awards rising star 2016, Jamie on Trumpet. Tom Kincaid Piano, Ken Marley Bass, and Jack Cotterill Drums. This fresh and exciting quartet play a vast range of different styles; their own mix of  New Orleans street beat, swing & reggae.
James Mainwarring Trio - Ikigai
The trio of Bass Drums and Sax is a new line up for James who is an award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his saxophone playing in the Mercury Prize Nominated Roller Trio. ‘edgy. earthy, bellicose tenor sax’ JazzMann

Beverley Beirne Quartet - Beverley Sings Carmichael
Beverley returns with contemporary renditions of her favourite Hoagy Carmichael songs. Not many singers dare take on Carmichael songs that span the golden age of jazz from 1920s – 1950s, expect ‘a masterclass in jazz singing’ Be Bop Spoken Here,  from one of the UK’s finest jazz singers.

John Crawford  - Times and Tides
Pianist and composer John Crawford returns to Ilkley Jazz Festival  to present his second album Times and Tides, leading a Quintet featuring superb instrumentalists. A musical journey through originals, and arrangements of songs by Jobim, Pat Metheny, Paco de Lucia,  Salif Keita among others, the show, is influenced by Latin American and flamenco sounds.
"Latin flavoured Jazz from Master of the Genre"  Jazz Journal

Hot Club Du Nord
Bring to life the classic repertoire of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club de France. This band has a wealth of experience, knowledge and love of the hot club/ gypsy jazz style.
The music is free (and easy) but drinks and food have to be paid for!

Dales Jam
Community Jazz from Skipton under the guidance of Richard Ormrod on the Bandstand.
More Free Events
For these events please contact to book your place
Jazz workshop – Back by popular demand, Ben Lowman and Adrian Knowles are the tutors this year. Learning a tune by ear and improvising.
Late Night Jazz Jam – Its your chance to play at the festival!
Latin Rhythms Master class with John Crawford takes us through the latin side of jazz