Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Posted by to The Blog on May 8th

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is the oldest Jazz Festival in the UK, whose strength lies in its refreshed programme and uniquely presents jazz and blues of all styles with equal weight. They bring the traditional sounds of New Orleans jazz and Mississippi Blues; and also the cutting edge from the New York and European jazz scenes and more than anything else, we want to promote the best of the Scottish jazz and blues scene.

The 2015 edition follows all these passions and is expected to attract even more people to hear a programme of more than 150 concerts over the ten days from 17-26 July across a range of Edinburgh venues.

For the first time, they will run a daily programme in the Spiegeltent at St Andrew Square, as well as the Spiegeltent at George Square. There will be a non-stop programme at the Tron Kirk and many featured concerts at The Festival Theatre and Queen’s Hall. The Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket; and Edinburgh Festival Carnival in Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens are major free admission events for the people of Edinburgh.

Today, they announce the BBC Big Band’s Sinatra Centenary Concert; a host of major blues names including Lil Ed and The Blues Imperials, Moreland and Arbuckle, Grainne Duffy and Royal Southern Brotherhood and a Willie Dixon Centenary Concert featuring Maggie Bell and Tim Elliott.

They have some great contemporary jazz, including Antonio Sanchez Migration, Ambrose Akinmusire, Enrico Zanisi, Trio Red, Jim Mullen with Tommy Smith, Kim Macari, Colin Steele Quintet, Stefano Bollani, Zoe Rahman Trio and Troker.

They also have a host of swinging jazz concerts, with Brian Kellock’s dream band featuring Scott Hamilton and Warren Vache; Enrico Tomasso and Ian Bateman playing Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer; John Burgess remembering Alex Welsh; Tom Gordon’s Basie 7; and Ryan Quigley and Paul Towndrow recreating the Clifford Brown and Charlie Parker “with Strings” recordings.

Crossing over to soul, alongside the feature George Benson concert, there’s a recreation of Average White Band’s classic album “Soul Searching” with a new band, Person To Person, with three original AWB members; and Brooklyn soul star, Naomi Shelton and gospel superstars, The McCrary Sisters. There is beatboxer, Butterscotch; Songhoy Blues crossing traditional Malian music with blues; and “circus swing” from Gabby Young.

Singer, Iain Hunter, was one of the big successes of the Festival in 2014 and he’s back with a new show, “Me And My Girl”, with guest, Georgina Jackson. Another hit was “Kaiser Bill Invented Jazz” and writer/producer, Dave Batchelor takes the same music theatre documentary approach to “Sinatra: The Man and His Music”.

Traditional New Orleans band, The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, bring their authentic Crescent City sound and we welcome other young groups bringing new life to the oldest jazz styles – Alligator Gumbo, Oriental Jazz Band and Shreveport Rhythm. A mini-Australian invasion includes contemporary jazz stars, The Vampires: two great singers, Briana Cowlishaw and Anita Wardell; the top saxophonist, Sandy Evans; and the young swing/roots hybrid, Bearded Gypsy Band.

The coolest underground party will also take place during the festival: a must-see weekend of discerning music that fuses jazz, electronica, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, funk, soul and beyond. Cross the Tracks takes over Summerhall with a changing, specially curated programme of cutting edge live acts and DJs such as Hidden Orchestra, Romare, Clap! Clap! and Falty DL and special guests plus bars, food and late-night exhibitions.

Tickets are available from midday on Wednesday 6th May:

Online at www.edinburghjazzfestival.com

By phone on 0131 473 2000.

In person from The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

Tickets also available for relevant concerts from The Queen’s Hall (0131 668 2019) and Festival Theatre (0131 529 6000).

During the Festival, on-the-day tickets are sold until 4pm. They are then available from 30 minutes before the performance time at the relevant venue.






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