Shallow splash image
» 2018 Programme


One of the best Festival gigs of recent years was AWB’s triumphant 2016 show, and the best soul, of r’n’b, and funk band alive are back in Edinburgh, for a repeat of that Festival Theatre smash hit. Founder members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre, front the group, and keep the flame of the classic sound, distilling their special blend of

Average White Band
+ Read More

This simply sensational 21-piece band plays vintage swing and hot jazz and dance music from the 20s and 30s with extraordinary authenticity and pizazz.  Brass, reeds and violin players combine to play the sweet and hot music that dazzled pre-war Europe, transporting audiences with brilliant musicianship, period dress, and all the genuine style of the period.

Bratislava Hot Serenaders
+ Read More

The hottest ticket at recent Festivals plays for two nights ONLY. Bluesy, blustery, bawdy and irresistibly fun, Davina’s barrelhouse piano and gutsy, sweet vocals are influenced by Fats Domino, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse.

Davina & The Vagabonds
+ Read More

Musical virtuoso and legendary television presenter Jools Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra return to the Festival Theatre, with his trademark boogie-woogie party! “... An evening of joyous jumping jazz with it’s prescription to live in the moment to the maximum” (The Express).

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
+ Read More

Non-top entertainment and a party atmosphere as a host of bands perform on multiple stages bringing swing, dixieland, boogies, blues and New Orleans to the historic heart of Edinburgh. Thanks to Robin Mair for the photo and K Bryce Morrison for the video

Mardi Gras
+ Read More

The seventh Edinburgh Festival Carnival delivers a dazzling spectacle under the castle! Over 800 performers deliver an extravaganza humming with the rhythms of salsa, African drummers, Balkan beats and swirling pipes and a feast for the eyes with sequined dancers, feathered costumes, Chinese dragons, circus performers and street theatre. Thanks

Edinburgh Festival Carnival
+ Read More


July 2018

Be the first to know: get email alerts

To receive regular updates on the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, fill out the form below. We'll never give your details to others, or send you anything but pertinent news.


Event added to myfestival list.