This Years Artists

Artists 2017

Here we will be giving you the lo-down on each artist, come back and see if the page has grown!

Wed 16/8  – 7pm Monkmans – Zoe Gilby  
£37.50 inc 3 course meal book on 01943 817 485

Zoe is our opening act of the festival, at one of our regular venues (monthly jazz nights) Monkmans. Zoë has teamed up with her husband, the innovative and powerful double bassist Andy Champion for a voice and double bass duo. Inspired by the legendary Sheila Jordan, this exciting project has been taking audiences by storm throughout the UK and Europe and highlights her ingenuity in interpreting a lyric.
Zoë Gilby is a jazz vocalist that has been making a real impression on the jazz scene today. A constantly expanding repertoire that starts with her superb interpretations of “The Great American Songbook” but also encompasses a wide range of more contemporary and original material. Influences include Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Sheila Jordan and Roberta Gambarini to name but a few. Zoë is well deserving of the respect that she has been receiving from many leading jazz instrumentalists and publications.

“A wide vocal range, warm timbre and clear diction which she uses skilfully to unveil her moods. It’s clear that she’s already found her own voice.” All About Jazz, USA
Wed 16/8 – 9pm Martinez – Dave Smith   
£5 book on 01943 600 000

So following Carmen's advice we have delved into the murky waters of blues and pulled out Dave Smith to appear at the Ilkley Jazz Festival!
Martinez will be hosting the Dave Smith Duo.
York-based Singer/guitarist Dave Smith and guitarist Karl Moon have an infectious fingerpicking style that is firmly rooted in the traditional blues, and together they demonstrate just how dynamic this music can be. From the haunting slow blues of Robert Johnson to rousing foot tappers in the Chicago style, Dave and Karl promise a blues experience not to be missed.

Thur 17/8 – 7pm Quinta – Julie Edwards                   
£30 inc meal book on 01943 602 670

We first saw Julie playing in Ilkley probably before the turn of the millennium! So it is our pleasure to welcome her back this time to Quinta, it is going to be a great night of jazz and Portuguese food; please book in advance as we are sure this will be one of the first to sell out.

Derbyshire-born Julie teamed up several years ago with saxophone player, now guitarist, Kevin Dearden. Theirs proved an ideal match, personally and musically.
Together they have produced three CDs which have been broadcast widely and they have appeared at many festivals including Cleethorpes, Wigan, Birmingham, Cork, Keswick and Scarborough Jazz Festivals as well as dozens of jazz venues including the award winning Wakefield Jazz, The Boxford Fleece in Suffolk, New Jazz Five in Lincoln, Ipswich Jazz, Jazz in Oxon and the Welsh Jazz Society.
‘Great sophistication and taste. Their smooth and thoughtful partnership has made for extremely enjoyable listening.’ Musician Magazine

'Good singer, isn’t she?’ Michael Parkinson, BBC Radio 2
Thur 17/8  – 9pm Friends of Ham – Treppenwitz - Free

Treppenwitz, is ‘An event or fact that seems to contradict its background or context.’ as a project it is dedicated to improvisation and the exploration of sounds within open structures with original compositions and improvisations interwoven with music from the swing and early bop era.
 Treppenwitz  was formed in January 2014 after (though not because) a Philadelphian drummer, Matthew McGraw, left the city of Leeds. The music they make can be seen as an indirect response to this, with Matthew Aplin (piano), Tom Riviere (double bass) and Steve Hanley (drums).
Matthew is a pianist, composer and arranger based in the North of England. He regularly performs around the country with a variety of projects and his own trio, in which he plays a mixture of American and European standards, as well as his own compositions.

Fri 18/8 – 4pm Town Centre – Backchat Brass - Free

Back Chat Brass are an instant favourite. With a nod to their roots in pop, funk and hip hop, their brassy twist on classic tunes combined with electrifying showmanship will ignite Ilkley on Friday afternoon! They will be wielding their horns  roaming round the town stating at the station from 4pm, if you cant see them you will hear them, just follow your ears.

The band consist of some of the best young horn players from the north who are already making an name for themselves on the festival and club scenes, they will certainly get the party started and are guaranteed to electrify with there own brass take on classic tunes.

Fri 18/8 – 6pm  Monkmans – Stuart MacDonald - The In/Out Duo
£22.50 inc 2 course meal book on 01943 817 485

The In/Out Duo featuring fiery saxophonist Stuart MacDonald and Double Bassist Paul Baxter (7 Pieces of Silver, eyeshutight) perform all your favourite standards in a fluid an fully intuitive way. Improvising a path through many memorable classics from the American song book and Jazz tradition they will take you on a journey with this performance.

"Thanks for such a memorable evening" - Jazz @ Dempseys, Cardiff.

Fri 18/8  – 8pm Winter Gardens – Ian Shaw Theory of Joy
£15 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319 
Ilkley Jazz Festival welcomes Ian Shaw - jazz singer, songwriter (plus stand-up comedian, radio presenter and producer!) who has returned to working with that classic jazz ensemble, the piano trio. A frequent and accomplished solo performer, for this new recording Ian craved a bit of company, and what company he found… the outstanding pianist, Barry Green, legendary bassist, Mick Hutton and ace drummer, Dave Ohm, three of the UK’s very finest players.

The group has been performing an exciting set of brand new arrangements at festivals and club dates in the UK and Europe, including four recent sell-out shows at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Club. These finely honed new songs were then captured for this new release, The Theory Of Joy. The Theory Of Joy is exactly that: a collection of inspirational pop-structured songs, including extraordinary new takes on David Bowie, Lionel Bart, Jacques Brel, Joni Mitchell, Mel Tormé and even the seminal Traffic. The mood is hopeful, questioning, politicised, and honest.

A natural collaborator (Ian has worked, over the years, with countless varied artists including Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor, Georgie Fame, The BBC Big Band, the NDR and HR Big Bands in Germany, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Eddi Reader, Claire Martin, Guy Barker, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Van Morrison, Jon Hendricks, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano, Iain Ballamy, Sarah Jane Morris, Liane Carroll, Jamie Cullum, Madeline Bell, Eric Alexander, Arturo O’Farrill, Charlotte Church) this new album puts Shaw right back where he belongs –

"Simply, our finest jazz singer” (Time Out).

“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.

Ian Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and was described as “the voice of the decade”.

Shaw has toured extensively in the UK - regular venues include the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, The Vortex, the Jazz Café and The Barbican. Ian has played at all of the major jazz festivals in the UK including Brecon, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh (where he was nominated for a Perrier Award), Grimsby, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Scarborough, Swanage and St. Ives.
And now he is coming to Ilkley!
Sat 19/8  – 10am Winter Gardens – Jazz workshop - Free
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Bring your instruments and have a play, under the guidance of this years returning tutors, who are Bass player Adrian Knowles and Sax player Ben Lowman. Both tutors have years of professional jazz playing experience alongside teaching both workshops and in schools.
This years theme is learning by ear and improvising over the tune.
Here is a clip from last years workshop:


Sat 19/8  – 1pm Winter Gardens – Jamil Sheriff Trio - Places Like This
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

An exhilarating and dynamic piano trio that perform original, improvised music will be performing music from their new album, 'Places Like This.' Composition remains at the heart of Jamil’s artistic output, and the Trio (formed in 2013) provides him with the space to explore freer elements. The ensemble toured China in 2014 for two weeks before recording 'Places Like This'. Carefully developed through-composed elements are interwoven with freer improvisations and swinging solos, showing Sheriff to be an artist with a unique identity. His approach brings together a mixture of styles as he endeavours to find common and genuine ground between wide ranges of influences.
Composer, educator and pianist Jamil Sheriff has a back catalogue both as a sideman and bandleader but this is his first album fronting a trio. Recorded in July 2014 this album has been a long time coming. Jamil is known throughout the UK Jazz scene for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music, and this latest project is no exception. Carefully developed through-composed elements are interwoven with freer improvisations and swinging solos, showing Sheriff to be an artist with a unique identity. His approach brings together a mixture of influences as he endeavors to find common and genuine ground between a wide ranges of styles.

"Jamil Sheriff has made a real difference to the vitality of the jazz scene in the North." The Guardian

"Excellent Northern pianist who brings together a range of classic, contemporary and urban approaches." The Times
Sat 19/8  – 2.30 pm Winter Gardens Jamie Brownfield Quartet
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JBQ is British Jazz Awards rising star 2016, Jamie on Trumpet. Tom Kincaid on Piano, Ken Marley on Double Bass, and Jack Cotterill on Drums. This fresh and exciting quartet have a vast  range of experience in different styles of music and have come together to play their own mix of  New Orleans street beat, swing & reggae.

The band are heavily influenced by the likes of Harry Connick Jr, Leroy Jones, Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson & Christian McBride, to name only a few. From the original New Orleans Street Beat tunes such as “The Happy Feet Blues” through to our own compositions you can hear the roots of the music we listen to.
The band members have played with such notables as Bruce Adams, Shakin’ Stevens, Scott Hamilton, Alan Barnes, Digby Fairweather… Playing all over the world from Europe, to Scandinavia, and as far as the US!

“Beautiful … What a lovely track!” Jamie Cullum
This band are part funded by Jazz North

Sat 19/8  – 4 pm Winter Gardens James Mainwarring Trio -  Ikigai
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Mercury Prize, MOBO and Jazz FM nominated saxophonist and composer James Mainwaring brings his new, acoustic quartet Ikigai to Ilkley. Ikigai is an expedition of James’s tunes into long solos that push the compositions to the limits with telepathic interaction straight from the Leeds’s fertile scene. The name is a Japanese concept which translates as ‘a reason for being’.
Featuring fellow Leeds College of Music graduates Steve Hanley on drums, Sam Jackson on bass and Johnny Richards on piano, the quartet explores James’s compositions of contemporary jazz, hip hop grooves and moments of Coltrane-esque swing.

James Mainwaring is an award winning saxophonist and composer based in Leeds, UK. With a distinctive sound, he explores everything between soft and spacious to aggressive and intense; augmented by extended-techniques and the use of effects pedals. As a composer and improviser, James forms a unique musical language, integrating contemporary and traditional influences from all over the world. Becoming increasingly known for writing rhythmically complex melodies over jazz harmony and odd time signatures whilst keeping them singable, engaging and memorable, James is also known for his individual approach to the saxophone, applying extended techniques such as double, flutter and slap tonguing, multiphonics and using circular breathing. James has released 3 albums and 2 live albums with Peter Whittingham Jazz award winners Roller Trio and his project Tipping Point which was funded by an Emerging Excellence Award.
He has also toured and recorded as a side-man with Morten Schantz Godspeed, Nduduzo Makathini, John Law, Dave Kane, Sean Foran, Space Fight, indie-rock band Django Django and many more. 

Original material and wonderfully deconstructed jazz standards…. re-affirmed Mainwaring as a major new voice in British jazz.’ Lance (Bebop Spoken Here)

 ‘edgy. earthy, bellicose tenor sax’ JazzMann
Sat 19/8 – 6.30 pm Winter Gardens Beverley Sings Carmichael
£7.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Beverley re-imagines the songs of Hoagy Carmichael. Some of these songs were written before swing was popularised and certainly before jazz fusion. Not many singers dare take on Carmichael songs that span the golden age of jazz from 1920s – 1950s, due to the melodic complexity and definitive versions from the great singers of the time. 
Beverley's fearlessness and flare for creative interpretations shines forth in this exceptionally well chosen set of Carmichael songs, from popular to less well known tunes. Expect the band to swing like a demons, with Beverley scatting with abandon in ‘a masterclass in jazz singing’ (Be Bop Spoken Here) from one of the UK’s finest jazz singers.
Yorkshire based Beverley has also sung at London venues (606, Pizza Express Jazz Club) and Festivals across the country. She is currently due to release her next album, produced by Grammy Award winning Jason Miles (Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Sting).
She will be supported by a top line up of the UK's leading young musicians, Matt Aplin (piano), Simon Read (bass), Matt Parkinson (drums), and Richard Iles (Trumpet)

A bit about Carmichael:
Just like the laconic, drawling pianist he played in the 1945 Humphrey Bogart film ‘To Have and to Have Not’, Hoagy Carmichael was himself the caricature of a jive talking ’jazznick’ and possibly the original ‘singer songwriter’. It is clear, that Carmichael was a phenomenal songwriter with an ability to write romantically about things other than romance. His biggest hits as a composer have tended to be songs that are really carefully crafted hymns to states of mind, to ways of being and thinking, rather than love songs in the normal sense. His best-known piece, the enduring "Stardust", although it sounds like a love song, is really a song about thinking about a love song, which is a whole different thing altogether, and "Georgia on My Mind," another Carmichael classic, is nothing less than a statement of devotion to a place, and past, a place in mind. Carmichael was a writing talent who found a way to make music that was pure Americana decades before anyone even began to grasp what such a thing was.
Sat 19/8 – 8pm Winter Gardens John Crawford  Times and Tides
£12.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

"Latin flavoured Jazz from Master of the Genre" Jazz Journal

Pianist and composer John Crawford returns to Ilkley Jazz Festival (last time was with Duncan Lamont) to present his second album Times and Tides, leading a Quintet featuring superb instrumentalists:  Uruguayan Guillermo Hill (guitar), Richard Sadler (bass), Simon Pearson (drums), and Spanish Andres Ticino (percussion).  A musical journey through originals, and arrangements of songs by Tom Jobim, Pat Metheny, Paco de Lucia, and Salif Keita among others, the show, influenced by Latin American and flamenco sounds, there may also be tunes from Crawford's first album, Independent Music Awards-nominated Ulia River of Time.

John is London based and regularly performs at Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 606 club, and Royal Albert Hall amongst others in and around London and various festivals including Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival and of course Ilkley Jazz Festival!  He includes work with the likes of Latin legends Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Frankie Morales (Tito Puente’s last singer), Jesus Alemany’s Cubanismo, and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists such as Snowboy, Guida da Palma’s Jazzinho, Negrocan, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo on a glittering cv. In addition to all that his non-Latin work includes gigs with the likes of Bjork, Tanita Tikaram, Andy Williams and Kirsty McColl. And just to prove his versatility he is also one of this country’s leading exponents of Spanish music.

 We expect is set will include his remarkable arrangements for piano of some classic Flamenco pieces. It’s a reflection of the respect with which John’s music is held that his quite brilliant CD “Ulia River of Time” was nominated for ‘Best Jazz Recording’ in the 2013 Independent Music Awards. John may be performing material from that album, as well as his new CD released in summer of 2016, “Times and Tides” which garnered four stars in All About Jazz.

“Glorious…a skilful and imaginative soloist” Jazzwise;

 “With pianist John Crawford on hand, there is so much style and imagination” Jazz Review

Sat 19/8 – 11pm Black Hat – Late Night Jazz Jam - Free
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After the main events on Saturday we head over to the late night jazz jam, which is a great place to meet some of the musicians performing that day and having a go yourself. This year it will be hosted by Ben Lowman (Sax) with Tom Riviere (Bass) and Steve Hanley (Drums) and Piano tba
If you fancy playing or singing places are limited please email, if you are not sure about charts just ask either by email or at the workshop earlier in the day!
Sun 20/8 – 10am Black Hat – Latin Rhythms Masterclass with John Crawford Free
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This years masterclass is presented by John Crawford, you will no doubt have heard him play the night before. He will be chatting about latin rhythms and how they are included in jazz. 

"Latin flavoured Jazz from Master of the Genre" Jazz Journal
Sun 20/8 – 12.30pm  Black Hat – Hot Club Du Nord Jazz Brunch – Free

Join us for brunch and a fresh look at the classic Hot Club repertoire of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and food and drink from the Black Hat. Last year we saw half of Hot Club Du Nord in Monkmans:

Venuti & Lang @ Ilkley Jazz Festival, August 19th 2016: Review by Steve Tulip:
‘We spent the early part of the evening in French restaurant Monkmans listening to one Emma Fisk introducing a selection of Joe Venuti/ Eddie Lang music accompanied, as ever, by the mythical gypsy guitar of James Birkett. Sparks never fail to fly when you put these two giants of north east music together and tonight was no exception.... with Someone to Watch Over Me the highpoint for me, Emma wringing every last ounce of emotion from her violin.’

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord bring to life the classic 1930s and 40s repertoire of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club de France. Featuring Emma Fisk on violin, James Birkett and David Harris on guitars and Bruce Rollo on double bass, the band encompasses a wealth of experience, knowledge and love of the hot club/ gypsy jazz style.

At a Hot Club du Nord performance you can expect to hear a selection of the popular songs, jazz standards and  Reinhardt/ Grappelli originals as performed by the Hot Club de France during the 1930s and 40s. You will hear fresh, inspired interpretations of the material as well as recreations of some of the delightful arrangements from the original recordings. A treat for connoisseurs of swinging string jazz and lovers of all things vintage

‘The haunting violin melody, once played by Grappelli, is interpreted superbly by Fisk, creating a tranquil moment for punters across the lawn and the guitar solos verify that Birkett and Strong are masters of their instruments and this style of playing.’

Sun 20/8  – 3.30pm Bandstand– Dales Jam – Free

Our final performance of the festival is the Dales Jam community band from Skipton, on the bandstand.
The Dales Jam was formed in 2003 in Skipton 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 jazz saxman Richard Ormrod the band has grown in numbers. They play world music based including African, Klezmer, Cuban, Asian together with Stevie Wonder, John Mclaughlin and John Coltrane.

This year we understand that there will also be arrangements from Steph Atkinson.

Quite often I am asked 'Why did you book xyz artist?' well here are the answers to that question! Tucked away at the bottom of the page!

Firstly all of the artists we book have recorded as well as being known as great live artists, they have online profiles with their own websites and social media and we have usually seen them live.

Zoe Gilby – I have known of Zoe for 5 years or so, she is an interesting singer mixing her own songs with the standards which is a bit different. This is going to be my first chance to see her perform!

Dave Smith – I first encountered Dave at Ilkley Blues Festival a couple of years ago and I thought yep that’s the type of blues I like! This year one of our new venues is more blues orientated and as we all know jazz is based on the blues, so we are trying it out!

Julie Edwards – I first saw Julie sing in Ilkley back in the last millennium! Julie has been on the northern jazz scene for a while, knows what jazz is, has a great voice and imaginative arrangements.

Matt Aplin – Matt has been on the Leeds scene honing his craft as a pianist and a writer since his graduation from LCM, I really enjoyed his album and I think it is going to be an exciting addition to bring something more improvisation based to the festival.

Backchat Brass – The first year we ran the festival we had a similar act, it is great to see these New Orleans styled brass bands playing contemporary music and they are really fun, they will really get the festival going!

Stuart MacDonald – Stuart was recommended to us after a Wildman Jazz event about 4 years ago, having checked his music out, he is an amazing musician.

Ian Shaw – Ian is considered to be one of the worlds best male vocalists, why wouldn’t you book him as your headline act?

Jamil Sheriff – I have known of Jamil’s work for years, always enjoyed his compositions for larger ensembles and  this year was the first year the festival has been able to have a good enough piano for a trio performance. The last time I saw this trio perform was in Ilkley at the Manor House 4 or 5 years ago, since then they have gone on to record and tour as a trio.

Jamie Brownfield – I have known of Jamies work for a few years now, however this year his band are part of the Jazz North scheme so we could book him.

James Mainwarring – James has always been on the raw, edgy side of jazz and this year we thought we would include something energetic, and when we heard he had a new project out we jumped at the chance!

Beverley Beirne – Beverley is the artistic director of the festival, but first and foremost she is a Jazz singer. Whether it be contemporary songs or jazz standards she always brings something new to them and has an amazing voice.

John Crawford – There are some great pianists playing the London scene and John is amongst the best of them, John was here 2 years ago with the Duncan Lamont project, which is where we first met John. I caught a preview of this album at the 606 and was taken aback at the energy his music has.

Hot Club Du Nord – Emma Fisk is becoming a bit of a regular at our festival this will be her third year running! This is a new band from the North East with some great hard swinging musicians.

Dales Jam – When looking at local community bands, this band has its roots steeped in jazz even though there is a cross over into other genres, also I have known Richard for a few years and always enjoy his playing and music.

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