This Years Artists

Artists 2018

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

Wednesday 15 Aug 2018
Sam Watts solo piano to film 5.30pm
In association with Ilkley Jazz Festival, Ilkley cinema presents pianist Sam Watts for a talk and improvised piano solo to silent film Shooting Stars (1928).
Before the advent of sound and pictures together all cinemas had a resident pianist who would accompany the film with various sound effects. Sam has remastered this art of film improvisation and will be performing after a talk to the movie.
Bookings via Ilkley Cinema - https://www.ilkleycinema.co.uk/
http://wattsworld.co.uk/

Julie Edwards Duo 6pm
A new venue to Ilkley Jazz Festival the Gin Lounge on Brook Street plays host to Julie Edwards, jazz vocalist in duo with Kevin Drearden. Julie performed at the festival last year and will be singing standards and songs outside of the American Songbook. Julie has a great approach to jazz and we can guarantee that she will be the perfect accompaniment to a long G&T!
http://www.julieedwards.com/

James Birkett and Bradley Johnston 7pm

Our regular venue Monkmans hosts James Birkett and Bradley Johnston Guitar duo, who present a programme of music by some of the most influential players and composers of the last hundred years – taking the audience on a musical journey which moves from early jazz and blues, through swing and bebop, to cool and contemporary jazz. Tonight’s programme also includes some original compositions.
For tickets please contact Monkmans on 01943 817 485
www.jamesbirkettmusic.com

Nicki Allan Duo 7pm
We have the fabulous Nicki Allan on piano and vocals with the Roomdarkener Rod Mason on Sax, they will be playing a mix of standards and some self penned songs, this will be an entertaining evening to accompany the amazing food at Quinta, Wells Road
For Bookings please contact Quinta on 01943 602 670
https://nickiallan.com/about/

Dave Smith Blues Duo 8pm 
We head to Martinez for the welcome return of Dave Smith Blues.
Blues is the foundation of jazz and those who caught Dave last year will know that he has that real old school blues voice reminiscent of the great blues singers.
Tickets are £5 from Martinez on 01943 600 000


Thursday 16 Aug 2018,
Zoe Gilby's Panonica 6.30pm 
Jazz vocalist Zoe Gilby heads down the A1 from Newcastle with her band to sing and play at the Black Hat, Panonica, which is a creative project performing lyrical interpretations of compositions penned by the legendary pianist, Thelonious Monk. Originally inspired by the 1988 Carmen McRae album “Carmen Sings Monk” UK jazz vocalist Zoe Gilby’s new project features some of the North East’s most talented instrumentalists
http://www.zoegilby.co.uk/


Esther Bennett  7pm
Esther is a well known London based Jazz Singer who returns to the festival to play in Monkmans.
Having a voice that is a throw back to the jazz greats Esther will be singing jazz standards with the accompaniment of guitarist Jeff Hewer. Esther has been described as ‘sultry, sexy, smoky and witty’ in a recent review. Expect an intimate and entertaining evening from this dynamic jazz singer.

Kate Peters Duo 7pm
Kate is a well known Leeds based Jazz singer being accompanied by Bass player John Marley in Quinta,, where you can sample some of the best food in Ilkley.  As an active performer, Kate performs with some of the UK´s most talented jazz musicians on the jazz scene. I’m sure you’ll agree, when you hear her, that she is a performer of rare passion and flair!

Nik Svark Trio 8pm

Nik and his cutting edge, fusion led trio perform at friends of Ham with
Nik Svarc –Guitar/Loops
Steve Hanley-Drums
Martin Longhawn- Organ/Keys

‘These three push all the buttons, tick all the boxes. You want funk? you got it? You want Jazz? It’s right there. Maybe you want to go a little towards the outside? They’ll take you there and bring you back in one piece’.
Lance Liddle – Bebop Spoken Here

Directors Jam 9pm

Artistic director Beverley Beirne has invited some of the days performers to jam with the NiK Svarc Trio at the Friends of Ham, expect a varied program (as the performers choose) in a interesting setting for a jam session from professional musicians and singers.


Friday 17th
Back Chat Brass 4pm
After the chaos of last years performance around Ilkley we could help but ask Back Chat Brass back to this years festival, to play their mix of jazz and contemporary songs, starting at the Ticket Office the band may be found anywhere in Ilkley if the weather is suitable for a walk about!

Rod Mason Duo 6pm
Rod Mason is a a well known figure on the Yorkshire jazz scene sometimes referred to as ‘The Room Darkener’ not just as a reference to his height but also his ability to fill the room with beautiful melodic jazz. He will be performing at Monkmans where you will find some of the most amazing food served to accompany the jazz!

Ronnie Bottomley Trio 6.30pm
Ronnie on drums
Adrian Knowles bass
Jason Scott piano
Following his life time achievement award from Yorkshire Jazz in 2010, the octogenarian, Ronnie hasn’t rested on his laurels and has this new multi generational trio to contrast to the jazz orchestra he also runs. The trio will be playing the music of Jeff Hamilton Trio arrangements (which I think is to what you’re referring). Lesser known compositions of Dave Brubeck and Thad Jones plus favourites from the Great American Songbook

Anita Wardell quartet 8pm
Having recently moved back to Australia this will be one of the rare opportunities to hear Anita sing in the UK this year. It is a great honour to have Anita perform at Ilkley this year.

Anita Wardell received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006 and a British Jazz award for Best Vocalist in 2013. Her singing is exciting and breath taking; she is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.


‘The thing about Anita Wardell is that she makes tricky stuff sound not just easy but natural’ The Guardian





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