Previous Years

Wow - 2017 had so many stand out acts I just cant give you one example of what you missed, so he was the whole line up
Ilkley Jazz Festival
Schedule 16 – 20 Aug 2017
Wed 16/8            – 7pm Monkmans – Zoe Gilby   SOLD OUT
Wed 16/8            – 9pm Martinez – Dave Smith    SOLD OUT
Thur 17/8             – 7pm Quinta – Julie Edwards    SOLD OUT               
Thur 17/8             – 9pm Friends of Ham – Treppenwitz
Fri 18/8 – 4pm Town Centre – Backchat Brass - Free
Fri 18/8                 – 6pm  Monkmans – Richard Ormrod SOLD OUT
Fri 18/8                 – 8pm Winter Gardens – Ian Shaw Theory of Joy  SOLD OUT
Sat 19/8                – 10am Winter Gardens – Jazz workshop  SOLD OUT
Sat 19/8                – 1pm Winter Gardens – Jamil Sheriff Trio - Places Like This
Sat 19/8                – 2.30 pm Winter Gardens Jamie Brownfield Quartet
Sat 19/8                – 4 pm Winter Gardens James Mainwarring Trio -  Ikigai
Sat 19/8                – 6.30 pm Winter Gardens Beverley Sings Carmichael
Sat 19/8                – 8pm Winter Gardens John Crawford  Times and Tides
Sat 19/8                – 11pm Black Hat – Late Night Jazz Jam - Free
Sun 20/8              – 10am Black Hat – Latin Rythms Masterclass with John Crawford  SOLD OUT
Sun 20/8              – 12.30pm  Black Hat – Hot Club Du Nord Jazz Brunch – Free was Packed
Sun 20/8              – 3.30pm Bandstand– Dales Jam – Free

Tuesday 16th August – Nicola Farnon – Monkmans 7.30pm - £37.50 inc. meal Bookings on 01943 817485
Thursday 18th August – Firebird quartet – Craiglands 7.30pm - Free
Friday 19th August – Emma Frisk – Monkmans 6.30pm - £27.50 inc. meal Bookings on 01943 817485
Friday 19th August – Tina May – Winter Gardens 7.45pm - £18 Bookings on 01943 602 319 or in person at the VIC
Saturday 20th August  - Jazz Workshop – Christchurch 11am - Free
Saturday 20th August  - Garry Potter – Christchurch 2pm - £5 (or £30 day ticket)
Saturday 20th August  - Graeme Wilson 4tet – Christchurch 3.30pm - £5 (or £30)
Saturday 20th August  - Beverley Beirne – Christchurch 6pm  - £12.50 (or £30)
Saturday 20th August  - QCBA 4tet  – Christchurch 8pm -  £15 (or £30 day ticket)
Saturday 20th August  - Late Night Jazz Jam – Black Hat 11pm – Free
Sunday 21st August – QCBA masterclass – Black Hat 10am – Free
Sunday 21st August – Matt Holborn 4tet – Black Hat 12.15pm – Free

‘All in all a great little festival which isn’t reliant on the weather, is easy to get to, easy to find your way around and easy to park, all of which makes for a stress-free weekend. Oh, and some fantastic music too.’


Last August was the inaugural jazz festival in Ilkley following the previous years jazz day, as part of the Ilkley Summer festival.
It all started on Friday the 21st with Jacqui Dankworth and her husband Charlie Woods, in an intimate duet setting at the Kings Hall, hard to pull off intimate with 300 people but Jacquis gentle warmth combined with Charlie's jovial vibrancy managed it. They presented us with a mix of tunes from Memphis, to standards  and some pleasant surprises like a great flamenco version of Windmills of my mind by Michel Legrand.

On Saturday the festival moved to The Wildman Studio at Ilkley Playhouse, where the Saxophonist, Composer, Songwriter gave a well attended master-class in song-writing. Duncan shared his experiences and knowledge and a tale or two, demonstrating songs with the aid of John Crawford on piano, Esther Bennett voice and Beverley Beirne voice, and who knew that 'What a wonderful world' is based on  'Baa Baa Black-sheep'!

Directly afterwards, the Jazz Workshop was held where musicians on a variety of different instruments; Ukuleles, Guitar, Violin, Voice, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and a mixture of Saxophones, were coached by Adrian Knowles and Ben Lowman which culminated in a wonderful end of class performance, now available on You Tube!

Later that evening, Duncan Lamont graced the stage at the Wildman Studio with singers Esther Bennett and Beverley Beirne backed by the excellent rhythm section of John Crawford - piano, Simon Read - bass and Matt Parkinson - drums, to perform songs that were all written by Duncan. The 84 year old nimbly accompanied the singers on tenor sax and chatted to the audience about the songs and how they came about. Both Esther and Beverley were in great voice, singing these complex songs with ease.  The encore involved audience participation with two audience members trying their hand at scat singing.

The festival then moved again, this time to The Grove Restaurant for the Late Night Jam session led by Beverley Beirne where some of the attendees of the workshop got to perform with a professional trio, Matt Aplin on piano with Simon Read bass and Matt Parkinson drums.  However it wasn't long before Esther Bennett and Duncan Lamont, from the previous concert were also jamming until 1 am.

The festival remained at the Grove on Sunday for the closing act Djangologie from Newcastle who played up tempo swing and haunting ballads in the gypsy jazz style, giving the Grove a Parisian feel with members of the audience spilling out onto the sunlit terrace.

Ilkley Jazz Festival would like to thank all those that attended the events and the performers and tutors who made this a great weekend and also the Ilkley Summer Festival for supporting the first Ilkley Jazz Festival. Congratulations to the 3 winners of the email prize draw!
See you again next year!


Ilkley Jazz Festival started as a day of jazz as part of the month long Ilkley Summer Festival in 2014, studio on the Grove.

The day started with a workshop, Adrian Knowles and Ben Lowman where the tutors who talked through the importance of Blues in Jazz to an enthusiastic crowd (30 or so musicians) ranging in ages from 5 upwards, with a variety of instruments, saxes, trumpets, trombones, bass and guitars.
Using C jam blues the workshop progressed this performance:

After a short break/sound check the first band of the day were Ben Lowman’s Django project, with a unique twist of 4 saxophones playing gypsy style jazz.
The next band was the New York Brass Band, who coming all the way from York, Yorkshire brought their riotous street style jazz to the studio on the grove

The day finalised with Beverley Beirne’s Stripey animals

All in all, a great day of Jazz was had for the 100 or so guests.

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