Liverpool International Jazz Festival (LIJF) was established in 2013 by Liverpool Hope University, and in previous years has included performances from some of Jazz music’s leading lights – artists such as Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste, Roller Trio, Impossible Gentlemen, Kit Downes, Led Bib, Philip Catherine, GoGo Penguin, Troyka, Neil Cowley Trio, and Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio.
The emphasis of the Festival is on contemporary instrumental jazz in a variety of styles, taking audience members on a musical journey that traverses numerous genres and cross-genres, including Funk/Acid Jazz, IndoJazz and Jazz Rock. Along the way, there are support sets from North West artists, masterclasses, and workshops from Festival performers and after-events.
The Seventh Liverpool International Jazz Festival will take place from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th February 2019. Headline artists already announced include David Helbock's Random Control (Thurs 21st Feb), Strobes (Fri 22nd Feb), Milapfest and LIJF Afternoon Ragas (Sat 23rd Feb), Kit Downes (Solo) / Trevor Watts and Stephen Grew (Sat 23rd Feb), Darius Brubeck Quartet (Sat 23rd Feb), Triple Bill with After the Flood, Deep Cabaret and Ancient Infinity Orchestra (Sun 24th Feb), Atom String Quartet (Sun 24th Feb) and Vein featuring Andy Sheppard (Sun 24th Feb). There is also a Curly Woodwind Workshop Day featuring Andy Sheppard on Sun 24th Feb.