Preview: Ilkley Jazz Festival

This year's Ilkley Jazz Festival brings an array of acts from Britain's contemporary jazz scene to West Yorkshire, with Ian Shaw leading the programme

The 2017 Ilkley Jazz Festival runs from 16 to 20 August. Though as yet small, the festival - organised by Yorkshire jazz activist Mark Beirne-Smith - has been growing steadily and this year's programme is its most extensive so far, with 14 acts, jam sessions and educational workshops.

The headline concert from Ian Shaw (pictured right by Tim Francis), featuring songs from his latest album The Theory Of Joy, takes place on Friday 18 August at the Winter Gardens.

A further five concerts, all at the Winter Gardens on Saturday 19, showcase a range of jazz styles. Pianist Jamil Sheriff's trio opens proceedings at 1.00pm. Trumpeter and British Jazz Awards Rising Star James Brownfield brings his quartet to the stage at 2.30pm. Roller Trio saxophonist James Mainwaring's trio follows at 4.00pm. In the evening the Beverley Beirne Quartet presents the songs of Hoagy Carmichael in Beverley Sings Carmichael and pianist John Crawford and his quartet bring the day to a close with Latin-influenced jazz.

Vocalist Zoe Gilby plays the festival's opening dinner concert at Monkman's on Wednesday evening. There are further dinner concerts from singer Julie Edwards, at Quinta on Thursday and from saxophonist Stuart MacDonald at Monkman's on Friday. Free concerts at venues across Ilkley feature acts including Treppenwitz, Backchat Brass and the Hot Club Du Nord and there's also a late-night jazz jam on Saturday and a second jam session on Sunday afternoon. There are also two free jazz workshops, including a Latin rhythms masterclass from John Crawford.

For further details, information about booking the workshops and jam sessions, and ticket bookings please visit the Ilkley Jazz Festival website.

Bruce Lindsay

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