Saturday 20th August – Christchurch, the Grove, Ilkley
We have lined up 4 amazing acts for Saturday with varying jazz styles to give you an all-round view of the art form at its best, with a very reasonable day ticket for £30 available on http://www.ilkleyjazzfest.blogspot.co.uk/p/tickets.html and at The Grove Bookshop (music dept) now.
Or if you prefer each act is priced individually with tickets will be available one month before the festival (20 July) here or you can risk it on the day!
Garry Potter – Solo jazz guitar - 2pm - £5
Graeme Wilson 4tet –3.30pm - £5
Beverley Beirne – Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun - 6pm - £12.50
QCBA 4tet – Beauty in Quiet Places - 8pm - £15
Here is a bit more about the acts:
QCBA Quartet – Beauty in Quiet Places - 8pm
QCBA is a hard bop jazz quartet fronted by trumpeter Quentin Collins and tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen. They are joined by Jim Watson on Hammond and Enzo Zirilli on drums. “Beauty in quiet places” consists of original material written by Collins and Allen that provides a fresh take on the hard bop formula, mixing in some Latin flavours with blues, soul, swing and deep grooves along the way. The album also takes you from a samba-infused roller coaster ride all the way to a softer, more reflective side.
‘Hardbop but not retro. Music for today steeped in the recent past but also looking towards tomorrow.’ Lance Liddle Bebop Spoken Here album review
‘A Monumental Free-Form Jazz Explosion’
QCBA web site - www.qcbamusic.com
Beverley Beirne – Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun – 6pm
Beverley returns to Ilkley Jazz Festival with her London based band, Sam Watts, Flo Moore, Ben Brown and Rob Hughes for a preview performance of her forthcoming album ‘Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun’. Sometimes jazz, that great American art form that tends to take itself way too seriously, just wants to kick off its shoes and have a good time. And now, it can, thanks to Beverley Beirne singing with an honest and heartfelt, deep-soul sensuality and scatting with abandon in places that would do Ella proud, she swings both lightning fast and seductively slow on clever and stylish re-imaginings of perfectly chosen 80s standards.
‘A masterclass in singing’ Lance Liddle Bebop Spoken Here live review
Beverley’s Website - www.beverleybeirne.com
Graeme Wilson Quartet 3.30pm
Tenor Saxophonist Graeme Wilson brings Paul Edis (piano) Andy Champion (bass) and Adam Sinclair (drums) from Newcastle to play Idiosyncratic original tunes, with unusual time signatures, from a band of close-knit players with an enthusiasm for folk and rock ballads, free jazz and the dancefloor. A varied presentation from virtuosic to mellow is in store from the North East's finest.
‘two sets of the finest jazz one could wish to hear’ Lance Liddle Bebop Spoken Here live review
Graeme Wilson’s website - https://www.gigmit.com/graeme-wilson-quartet
Gary Potter – Solo – 2pm
Gary Potter is regarded as one of the greatest jazz and country guitarists in the world. His playing is melodic, lyrical and imaginative. He is influenced by players such as Django Reinhardt - The UK's finest gypsy jazz guitarist. Gary is a world class talent and award winner who enjoys enormous popularity both as a jazz and country guitarist not only here but also in Europe, the USA and Australia. His incredible technique and versatility are influenced by the great Django Reinhardt, Bireli Lagrene, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery. Gary, is sufficiently original to give him an identity that is all his own, his talent, his enthusiasm and his audible joy of playing inspires his audiences.
"A talent and name to note and mark" Humphrey Lyttleton
"He's brilliant" George Harrison
"One of the most wonderful guitarists in the world" Martin Taylor