Friday 18 August 2017

Everyone to Ilkley!

Just in case you haven't already heard, the Ilkley Jazz Festival is in full flow and there's a whole host of concerts to attend throughout this weekend. Now in its 4th year, the festival has been growing steadily thanks to the hard work of Beverley Beirne and Mark Beirne Smith. So, what catches your eye for this weekend?

Friday 18th - Back Chat Brass will delight the crowds in the town centre from 4pm, before saxophonist Stuart MacDonald performs at Monkmans at 6pm (2 course meal included in the £22 ticket price). Rounding the night off is headliner Ian Shaw, bringing his Theory of Joy project to Ilkley. One of the world's finest singers, this is certain to be a packed house!

Saturday 19th - Early risers can get involved in the jazz workshop running in the Winter Gardens at 10am and first to perform a gig slot is the Jamil Sheriff Trio at 1pm. Following them is trumpeter Jamie Brownfield and his quartet at 2.30pm. James Mainwaring brings his newest band, Ikigai, to the festival at 4pm and then the woman of the hour, Beverley Beirne, sings Carmichael at 6.30pm. Finishing off the day's festivities at the Winter Gardens at 8pm is John Crawford's Times and Tides and for all of those still raring to go, head across to the Black Hat for the late night jam session.

Sunday 20th - Closing the festival are two great ensembles - first off the Hot Club Du Nord Jazz Brunch at 12.30pm at the Black Hat and then over to the bandstand for the Dales Jam ensemble at 3.30pm.

Something for everyone! Check out the Ilkley Jazz Festival website for more info and well done to the team for another great festival.

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