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The Festival is presenting all types of blues from classic Chicago blues to homegrown blues stars. We have scoured the US to find three blues musicians central to the future of the music: Earl Thomas and Blind Boy Paxton (both from California) and from St Louis, Marquis Knox.

Blues Shows
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In this anniversary year, we celebrate the musicians making their Festival debuts:

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We celebrate Scottish musics,  in the tenth year of EXPO funding, by presenting a host of creative projects.

Scottish Jazz Expo
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Regarded as the birthplace of jazz, this year New Orleans celebrates its 300th Anniversary. We have a host of shows that celebrates the diversity and depth of music that this incredible city has produced and continues to influence to this very day.

Celebrating the New Orleans Tricentennial
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The depth and evolution of jazz in Scotland and across Europe is hugely exciting and during the festival you can see a number of young talented musicians that are pushing the boundaries of traditional genres and creating new styles all on their own.

New Jazz at EJBF2018
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Grab your partner, grab your mates and head along to any one of our dancefloor shows. Whether you want some banging afrobeat (K.O.G. & the Zongo Brigade), or to cut loose at the Festival Club, you can cut a rug with the strictly for dancing concert by Bratislava Hot Serenaders or spin and swing to Shreveport Rhythm.

Ready to Dance
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This year there are some incredible performers showcasing some of the all-time greats of the Jazz world. From Curtis Stiger crooning Frank Sinatra, to the Kings of Swing celebrating the great Glenn Miller and many more or sit back and relax as Richard Ingham recreates Miles’ classic album with Birth of the Cool. 

Brief History of Jazz
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This year our festival lineup includes some amazing female acts. We have two all female bands with Juno and Shake em Up JazzBand, some world-class female instrumentalists - Stephanie Trick, Zoe Rahman, Laura MacDonald and then we have some vocal powerhouses with Davina & the Vagabonds, Bettye Lavette and Seonaid Aitken to name but a few.

Females Leading the Way
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Cross the Tracks is back in 2018 with a sensational line up, featuring some of the most exciting musicians on the scene right now, including  Soweto Kinch, K.O.G.

Cross The Tracks
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There's a wave of amazing acts on in this year's programme that are all £13 or under. So you can enjoy the likes of the Steve Hamilton Band, K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade, Hillfolk Noir, Juno, Leon 'Kid Chocolate' Brown Band, Havana Swing, Bomba Titinka, Graham Costello's Strata, The Festival Club and so much more for well less than the price of a meal out. 

Shows £13 and Under
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Traditional jazz has always been at the heart of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and 2018 is no different. We welcome back old favourites such as Soul Brass Band, Bill Salmond Louisiana Ragtime Band and Jim Petrie’s Diplomats of Jazz.

Traditional Jazz
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Enjoy this lineup of local and international funk acts ready to get you moving.

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From Dave Holland, Vijay Iyer, Zoe Rahman, Tommy Smith and Colin Steele we have a world class lineup of Modern Jazz musicians.

Modern Jazz
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February 2019

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