featuring Gilson Lavis with special guest Pauline Black & Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson from The Selector and guest vocalists Ruby Turner & Louise Marshall + Support: Adam Double Following his sold-out show in 2015, the undisputed king of boogie woogie, swing and r’n’b is back.
Welcome back to the Festival for the legendary soul-funk band.
Continental Drift is a unique and dynamic conference hosted co-produced by Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
The suave sophistication, fabulous presence and sheer musicality of the singer and saxophonist completely stunned us last year as Curtis Stigers saluted Frank Sinatra in our special show. Now here he is to play a full evening's concert with his own group.
The guitar grandmaster’s virtuosity has been celebrated worldwide since the late 60’s when he left Britain to play with Tony Williams’ Lifetime, and then with Miles Davis, recording such classics as In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew and On The Corner.
The Norwegian saxophonist and composer is perhaps the best known European Jazz musician of the last fifty years. His haunting sound has been a signature of the leading European record label, ECM, for that entire period, famously with his own groups; playing with Keith Jarrett, Ralph Towner and Zakir Hussain; and with the Gregorian chant of The Hilliard Ensemble.
One of the hottest tickets at last year’s Festival. Singer/pianist, Davina Sowers, is back from Minneapolis, with her high-energy band, for another set of rocking blues, New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, and southern gospel. She might be compared to Fats Domino, Etta James or Amy Winehouse, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.
New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band return with their party rocking sound and indomitable energy. As premier purveyors of roof-raising, jazz infused funk and hip-hop fuelled marching band music, this good-time juggernaut deliver a rambunctious yet elegant and super-tight mix of sounds, fusing their old school street brass approach with some harder, funkier currents in the process.
Fronted by UK hip-hop legend Dr Syntax and verbal acrobat Sparkz, this 9–piece band’s horn heavy and funk driven live show combines original grooves with medleys of classic hip-hop, b-boy and funk breaks spiced with jaw-dropping lyrical acrobatics. Their music combine lost classic sounds from the golden age of hip-hop, with soul, jazz and reggae
Grammy winning, legendary figure in American rock and one of the finest guitar players in the world, Haynes spent 25 years with the Allman Brothers Band, romping through their classic catalog while adding new gems; toured with members of the Grateful Dead and rearranged Jerry Garcia standards for orchestra.
The Memphis guitarist and vocalist is one of the world’s leading new blues powers. Hard rockin’ electric blues, southern boogie, country blues, with a deep soulful voice and formidable guitar playing. From Hendrix to Gatemouth Brown. Hart's slippery slide guitar work and deep, throaty growl transports the audience to the sweltering juke joints of the Delta.
A sensation two year's running, this 19-piece band does "vintage" with extraordinary authenticity and pizzazz. Hot jazz and sweet dance music from the 1920’s and 30’s with classic musicianship, period dressing and genuine style.
Edinburgh debut for the sensational Cuban singer who has been making waves on the international scene. Signed to Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings she has been described as a Celia Cruz/Aretha Franklin hybrid with a fearless vocal repertoire that encompasses scatting, Afro-Cuban chanting, scratchy-throated whispers, and a deep, gusty laugh.
Current stars of the ECM label, and for good reason. They have all the attributes of the classic ECM sound: lyrical music packed with lovely melodies; pushy propulsive acoustic drumming; sometimes bright and positive; sometimes wistful, melancholic; but always assertive and attractive, with exemplary musicianship. They are one of the great European jazz piano trios.
“An exuberant and fairly unstoppable force” (The Scotsman). Young musicians from New Orleans whose authentic music is enormously accessible. Their frontman is the charismatic, Louis Armstrong-sounding, soulful and sweet James Williams. "Young devotees whose balance of spunk and funk keeps the heart of traditional jazz beating..." (The New Yorker).
Festival favourites, the French Sextet ooze class playing the hot music of Chicago in the 1920’s. High quality musicianship and an ebullient spirit of fun is injected into all their music – from the well known hits to lesser known gems by such greats as Clarence Williams and Jabbo Smith.
Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter from St Louis. He’s a solo troubadour now, but paid his dues playing with George Harmonica Smith, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, and Big Joe Turner. He’s lived the life and he tells the stories with great wit and charm.
Poignant, lyrical, seductive, thrilling, intoxicating; the brilliant Krakow pianist, Pawel Kaczmarczyk, produces music of great power and appeal. He has been described as combining the rhythmic intensity of Neil Cowley and the thrilling melodic invention of Esbjorn Svensson.
with special guests Capella String Quartet and Konrad Wiszniewski The hottest ticket in Scotland right now! Classy vintage swing and gypsy jazz played by a band that combines brilliant musicianship and warm personality.
Blues singer and bass player from Portland,Oregon. She’s got one of the best voices in the blues, deep rooted in Koko Taylor, Etta James, and Bonnie Raitt. It’s a voice that’s steeped in the authenticity and conviction of what she’s singing about, and belies her image – it’s big, dark and soulful.
This new band comes fresh from storming the Turin Jazz Festival and features two leading musicians from both the Italian and Scottish jazz scenes. Bassist, Di Castri, is one of the giants of European Jazz; well known from playing with Chet Baker, Paul Bley and countless others. Jacopo Albini is one of the hottest young sax talents on the Italian scene.
An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Rip-roaring, foot-stomping music full of the exotic flavours of Balkan dances, klezmer weddings, and all things Eastern European and Middle Eastern.
Simon Kennedy Band, Lyndon Anderson Band, Blues'N'Trouble Gospel-tinged funky blues with Kennedy’s “commanding vocal presence matched by his effervescent guitar" (Musician Magazine). Harp heavyweight Lyndon Anderson mixes up a hot gumbo groove of funk influenced soulful blues delivered.
Inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt’s fabulous quintet, the Hot Club de Paris, Havana Swing combine artistry, fun and feel-good music. Ace rhythm guitarist, John White, is back in the fold, joining lead guitarist, Dave Rattray.
An amazing singer, smart and sophisticated beyond her years, she bears comparison with the greats. Her voice is spontaneous, intimate, sensual and fun. She’s got great phrasing, impeccable timing; and she hits every note on the button. She loves the classic American songbook, and sings it as though the 1950’s had never come and gone – she’s a class act.
The “sole entity at the forefront of the Pthronk scene”, Thunkfish play a blend of jazz, punk, thrash, prog and funk, with influences from Headhunters to Metallica: very tight intricate tunes, with shifting complex rhythms. Tom Pickles (saxophones), Charles Dearness (trumpet), Jed Potts (electric guitar), Tom Wilkinson (bass), Graham Costello (drums).
Benzie is the connoisseur's young pianist of the moment, but the wider public are only just finding out where he's coming from: Brad Mehldau, Esbjorn Svensson, Fred Hersch, John Taylor: these are the sources for the new piano masters - and you can find out why, as Benzie and his Trio take us on a tour of his piano playlist.
Wiszniewski’s tenor saxophone style is secure and strong. His firm grip on melody and spontaneity makes him sound fresh, and yet he leads audiences wherever he goes with his music. He’s the perfect modern jazz musician because he can stand back from his own approach, and instantly understand the best thing to play in every circumstance.
From Austin, Texas, this is a Latino band whose “incendiary” live shows knock everyone out, from the dancefloor to the Wall Street Journal: “Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.” Their genre bending sound is hip and current yet deeply rooted in the mambo, merengue and cumbia that sends salsa dancers
With the rhythms of New Orleans and old school soul and blues, Cleary creates an explosive blues-funk party. “Cleary’s salty-sweet voice, masterful piano skills and a knack for coupling infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics combine for r’n’b as broad, deep and rolling as the Mississippi river” (Rolling Stone).
Edinburgh clarinettist and long time Acker Bilk fan, Hamish McGregor has put together a special band to pay tribute to the clarinet maestro, featuring Colin Steele and Dave Batchelor. All the fun and the hits!
New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jazz Band, Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen A spicy mix of traditional and contemporary N’Orleans music featuring two of the city’s leading bands – classic jazz, funk, and r’n’b remind us that this is the city where jazz was born, where funk was defined, and where Fats Domino, Little
The perfect post-Carnival shot. The exuberant cabaret-swing of Rumba da Bodas returns after a series of sell out shows last year. Starting life as a loose collective in the backstreet music bars of Bologna, Italy, they fuse Latin, Ska, Balkan and Swing ideas into an ever-changing musical mix.
Scotland’s eminent jazz arranger turns his attention to the music of Bix Beiderbecke and puts together a programme that features the trumpeter’s compositions alongside Bix-related tunes, and a line-up that will run from Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong to Sandy Brown and Al Fairweather.
From Johnson City Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah describes herself as a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter. Her influences span decades and diverse styles: combining rhythm and blues and old-time covers alongside startling originals with an angular contemporary twist.
Former EST drummer Magnus Öström is now a major player in European Jazz in his own right. His band is one of the most distinctive and invigorating on the current scene - an intoxicating mix of jazz, brooding post-rock and electronica, and sweeping cinematic soundscapes. It makes you realise how much Öström was central to the EST sound.
Guitarist, Haftor Medbøe has a highly acclaimed Trio with two of Norway's most exciting musicians Espen Eriksen (piano) and Gunnar Halle (trumpet). Meditative, majestic music, crossing genre boundaries, sparkling with fire and passion.
Italian saxophonist Dario Terzuolo (from Bandakadabra) is back in Edinburgh with his quartet. As suggested by their name, the band pay tribute to the outstanding Sonny Rollins, bridging the gap between styles and generations with innovative re-arrangements of the great jazz standards.
First time to the Festival for this virtuosic classic jazz band. They play traditional jazz, ragtime, jazzy classical music, swing melodies, and Dixieland, with the kind of slick panache that can only be achieved through great musicianship and band commitment. And they’re as passionate about having fun as they are about making great music.
Undisputed master of the one-man blues format, playing electric and acoustic guitar, mouth harp, drums and mouth percussion. “Amazing ability...totally brilliant” (Mike Harding, BBC).
One of the rising stars of jazz piano in the US, Cohen works with old and new masters of the New York jazz scene – from Kurt Elling and Christian McBride to Melissa Aldana. His consummate charm; ebullient, swinging style; and outstanding musical vitality have won over audiences everywhere he plays.
Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child”, made such an impression last year that we had to invite him back, and with his band this time. His high energy shows combining guitar excellence and vocal power, bring the Mississippi Blues to the concert stage with a soulful sound, a genuine love of playing, and a will to make every audience feel special.
Adrenaline-shot young Norwegian band, bridging the gap between jazz and indie rock.
The Rad Trads, from New York, are a hip vintage jazz and blues band who cover New Orleans Jazz; 1940s jump jive; rock and roll of the Elvis Presley era; Chicago and delta blues, with high energy, charismatic shows that inject new life into these classic tunes. Three powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three captivating lead vocalists.
Singlehandedly, Bill Kyle keeps the jazz flame burning brightly in Edinburgh, 365 days a year and we salute him by presenting his band with Robert Henderson (Trumpet), Ruaridh Pattison (Saxophone – just back from Juilliard!), Pete Johnstone (Piano) and Ed Kelly (Bass).
Pianist, Brian Kellock puts his dream band together to play swinging jazz in the style of the Oscar Peterson Trio – piano, guitar, bass –, with Danish guitar star, Jacob Fischer and special guest from New York, Ken Peplowski, the doyen of swinging clarinet and tenor saxophone.
The pianist star of jazz radio and countless jazz education events (he’ll probably give you an illustrated history too) romps through the musical DNA of jazz piano – from stride to contemporary jazz, with wit, humour, insights, and great piano playing
The saxophonist’s sometimes Latin tinged, stylish modern jazz is delivered with swagger and charm. Original contemporary jazz tunes rich in attractive melodies and subtle harmony, rub shoulders with sensual standards.
From simmering ballad to storming rocker, Dana Dixon is one of the finest female blues vocalists and harmonica players around. Her explosive band features outstanding blues/slide guitarist Dave Dixon and they play a feel-good mix of Texas, Chicago and west coast jump blues plus rockabilly and 50s r’n’b.
The beauty of Peplowski’s sound on tenor saxophone and clarinet is one of the wonders of the New York jazz scene. One of the most exciting players of the swinging jazz repertoire, from Barney Bigard to Stan Getz, Peplowski has an unparalleled knowledge of the jazz masters and their tunes, and an even bigger library of jokes and anecdotes.
The New York based Scottish saxophonist has a new project – and an album launch tonight - bringing the music of the “Glasgow Dreamer”, Ivor Cutler into the contemporary jazz world.
A handpicked trio join forces to bring the music of the great jazz icon to life. Colin Steele's wistful trumpet, the sublime piano accompaniment of Euan Stevenson and smooth vocals of Iain Ewing combine to produce something truly magical.
“When you see Cyrille Aimée perform, you instantly fall in love with her — her voice, eyes, curls and the joyful spirit she invests in each song” (Jazz Times). A rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers, Cyrille zooms brightly through a mix of standards; gypsy swing; Michael Jackson tunes; Serge Gainsbourg; Antonio Carlos Jobim...
“A big, bombastic sound “ (The Scotsman) from mainstays of the Edinburgh scene, this is the classic Monday night big band, where the best players in town come down for a blow. Great free spirited music kept in line by Erik Lars Hansen and Keith Edwards
Burgess is a leading player in the renaissance of swinging jazz. A tenor saxophone player with a beautiful sound; and a clarinetist who can purr and excite in equal measure. This special, all-star band features Colin Steele (trumpet), alongside New Yorkers, Emmet Cohen (piano), and Bryan Carter (drums).
Dirty blues; gritty vocals, and a deep personal commitment have catapulted New Yorker, Sari Schorr, into the spotlight as one of the hottest new blues rock singers of 2016. With an album produced by legend Mike Vernon and a hard-hitting band featuring guitarist Innes Sibun and organist Anders Olinder she’s a major new player on the blues scene. Catch her now.
“Hot, Hot, Hot Rhythm And Soul”. A heady cocktail of old school soul and authentic, gritty r’n'b, delivered straight from the hip with a whole lot of style and attitude. The Excitements kick on where Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner and James Brown left off in the 1960’s, with an instantly classic sound and a rare vintage sensibility.
The singer-songwriter from London is totally unique. Her beautiful voice combines fragility and a deep-rooted security in old fashioned musical values. She could be singing in the 1940’s but her place is today. She could be a contemporary Billie Holiday, and yet she’s been a backing vocalist for Mary J Blige and Damon Albarn.
The Festival’s Founding Director fronts an all-star-band playing the music of Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong. Featuring Hamish McGregor and George Howden.
The Hamburg drummer is a purveyor of powerful swing and groove, combining great feeling with a technical mastery, and bringing detail and drive to propel his quartet in a light, often effervescent way. His music is melodic and combines the best of New York and North European styles.
“Bryan Carter personifies the word: finesse” (Kenny Barron).
Snarky Puppy's keyboardist, and in-demand bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cory Henry returns to his deep musical roots in gospel, jazz and soul and plays his instrument of choice — the Hammond B-3 organ. His powerful Trio create a new groove out of the old traditions. From gospel classics like “Precious Lord” to John Coltrane and Stevie Wonder.
Cool, charismatic crooner and saxophonist . Mathias frequently fronts the Danish Radio Big Band and won the Danish Music Award for Best New Jazz Artist of the Year 2015.
Acoustic Gypsy Tango Swing meets 1930's Berlin cabaret. Moscow Drug Club conjure an intoxicating brew of pre-war music: Hot Club de France, Nuevo tango, and eastern European gypsy music with torch songs, cabaret songs, whimsical pop songs.
The swingiest, happiest of 20’s and 30’s jazz from the wee band with the big, big sound featuring the clarinet and saxophone of John Burgess; the banjo and guitar of Ross Milligan; and the ever swinging bass of Andy Sharkey.
Few singers can be hailed as a national treasure but Carol Kidd is one. Whether she’s swinging a standard or tenderly caressing a beautiful ballad, her impeccable phrasing and the golden timbre of her voice stand out. Tonight she’s back in Scotland with the pianist, David Newton, with whom she created so many classics.
The Californian’s shows are blues celebrations. He sings like a man who's seen everything, rasping out songs in a well trained voice of grit and flint and hard travelling and after nearly two decades in the music business, he is in peak form. Soulful voice, great stage presence, packed with energy and charisma, and a top 5 piece band.
The young piano maestro from Rome has been a Festival favourite over recent years, conjuring magical moments as he captures audiences in a world of wonderful delicacy and astonishing brilliance. This is pianism of high artistry played with youthful carefree zest.
King’s beautiful baritone voice is a natural for a programme of “The Songs of Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman.” These slightly forgotten masters of tone and melody bestrode the world of ballads and swing songs from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Jump/jive music from a great band that’s dedicated to the music of Louis Prima. This is uptempo party music packed with good vibes, fun and entertainment and with trombonist and vocalist Dave Batchelor fronting everything up, it’s a guaranteed good time.
Cutting edge blues. The charismatic and energetic guitar slinger with a deep soulful voice, takes his irresistible, hypnotic, foot stomping grooves from Juke Joints all across the Southern States to world stages, playing with mainstream artists such as Robert Plant, The Black Keys and the North Mississippi Allstars.
Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor is celebrating his 60th birthday and 45 years as a touring artist with a series of solo UK concerts. Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar, Martin Taylor’s high-profile fans include Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny, and Sir Michael Parkinson.
The Festival salutes the collective of musicians who have made The Outhouse a hot-bed of engaging and always challenging contemporary jazz on a year round basis. Tonight the core team of Martin Kershaw, Graeme Stephen, Mario Caribe and Tom Bancroft play “thrilling, groundbreaking new music.”
Swinging 60’s soul and R’n’B, from Ray Charles to Wilson Pickett, and marking the 75th Birthday of Otis Redding.
A special concert marking the anniversary of this harmony combo and they celebrate tonight in sumptuous style.
This young English band play hot 1920s jazz from New Orleans, replicating the raw, fresh sound and spontaneity of the new jazz, and the authentic popular songs of the day. The traditional line up is given a special edge, augmented by violin and steel guitar.
Trombonist and singer, Dave Batchelor, runs one of the most entertaining traditional jazz bands in Scotland. Classic dixieland jazz played with real verve and rhythmic punch: Enrico Tomasso (trumpet), Hamish McGregor (saxes/clarinet), Fraser Spiers (harmonica), Alastair MacDonald (banjo), Ronnie Rae (bass) and Ken Mathieson (drums).
Set sail across the vast ocean of repertoire that made us fall in love. American drummer and singer, Bryan Carter, brings his zinging show from New York, playing the popular music of Burt Bacharach and Stevie Wonder, American songs of Cole Porter, the virtuosic sensibility of Nat King Cole and the sultry sounds of Duke Ellington. Come and fall in love again!
A legend of the Scottish jazz scene. The trumpeter and vocalist has forged a singular, and hugely distinctive path in his forthright and passionate commitment to making the music of the 1920’s feel relevant today. There’s spirit and feeling in every note.
Hailing from Boise Idaho and now living in Memphis, Nemeth is a musician on the way to stardom. His deeply forged amalgamation of scorching harmonica-driven blues and sweet blue-eyed soul makes him seem like kin to the long-gone stompers Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson and rootsy blues heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Superbly lyrical saxophonist debuts a new band at the Festival. Celebrating her favourite composer, Cole Porter, her thrilling quartet features Kevin MacKenzie on guitar, Mario Caribe on bass and Alyn Cosker on drums.
"Lovely songs… tasteful and elegant” (The Scotsman). The sultry, sophisticated singer salutes all the greats from Billie Holiday to Ella Fitzgerald to Diana Krall with beautiful standards and songs from her acclaimed album Falling Like Dew.
An opportunity to see and hear some jazz stars of the future as the summer school students show off their newly acquired skills. Led by Dave Kane and Haftor Medbøe
Harnessing electronica to the melodic and rhythmic adventure of jazz in a thrillingly and utterly up to date way. This is intoxicating, hypnotic music, creating ethereal soundscapes with great rhythmical tension. Keyboardist, Paul Harrison is joined by Stu Brown (drums), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Phil Bancroft (sax).
A foot-stamping set of old-school songs covering an eclectic mix of Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Hokum Blues, Ragtime, Cajun, and Country, all with similar themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. With the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs they “shuffle and boogie with panache.
Free entrance with a United Vibrations / Mop Mop ticket SAMEDIA DJs with special guest AROOP ROY (GAMM / BASIC FINGERS)Cutting edge tropical electronica spanning old and new sounds from across the globe, with world music ranging from African beats, Latin American rhythms and New Orleans
Steele’s powerhouse vocals have backed up Bette Midler, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and many, many more, and she’s been a featured vocalist on Snarky Puppy’s “Family Dinner”. Sensuous, dreamlike, soft, reflective, powerful and hard rocking, testifying to the glory of the Lord - all of these descriptions apply to her diverse stylistic
Guitarist and vocalist, John Russell’s long-running and hugely popular Django Reinhardt/Hot Club inspired gypsy jazz and swing quartet. With Martin Foster (reeds), John Russell and Lachlan McColl (guitars), Roy Percy (bass).
Right out of rural Indiana comes The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. This fingerpickin', scrubboard scratchin', drum-bucket country blues trio conjure up such greats as Son House and Charley Patton. They apply great musicianship to direct and powerful blues with great songwriting, and a killer live show.
Saxophone and piano duo – a simple, acoustic setting for the long time collaborators to enjoy playing standard tunes in relaxed mode. The two stars of the Scottish jazz scene have developed an interplay that’s always sympathetic and often empathetic, and they love playing across all the jazz styles.
Free entrance to Samedia Shebeen with a United Vibrations / Mop Mop ticket Cosmodelic, futuristic and “one of the most important bands to come out of the UK” (Jazz Reloaded)
Step back to the early 1920s, to the birthplace of jazz: to the music of the bars and dance halls of New Orleans: Louis, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver. Swinging sounds delivered with real conviction, spirit and passion from this hugely popular Edinburgh group.
A double helping of dancefloor filling, Scottish funk, soul, and jazz.
Good time, energetic and lively vintage Jazz - a mix of Tin Pan Alley, the Great American Songbook standards, and traditional New Orleans Blues as sung by Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey, Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey from “stunningly expressive” (San Diego Union Tribune) award-winning vintage vocalist Alison Affleck and her all star Scottish band.
Milligan’s musical imagination flows freely between jazz improvisation and traditional airs and dance meters. He’s equally adept at pibroch and Miles Davis.
The Rite of Spring and Jeux: The Musical Legacy of The Ballets Russes. A 2015 Festival hit, David Patrick’s “Rites of Spring” won critical and popular acclaim: “Spine-tingling in its power... it works, and brilliantly” (The Scotsman). Tonight he also debuts the world premiere of “Jeux”, Debussy's last orchestral masterpiece.
Classic 50s and 60s American blues, sprinkled with rockabilly and blues-rock. Whether laying into a Freddie King ballad or digging into a hypnotic Muddy Waters tune, Potts’ spirited vocals and sophisticated blues guitar always sound fresh and current.
Guitarist, Michal Milczarek, leads an exciting rock-jazz power trio that might have listened to Wayne Krantz and Allan Holdsworth, but has a distinct sound of its own.
First Take was the debut album for legendary jazz/soul singer and pianist, Roberta Flack. Recorded in 1969 (apparently in just 10 hours), it reached number 1 in the charts after jazz fan, Clint Eastwood featured the now classic song, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” on the soundtrack to “Play Misty For Me”.
The fiddle player and vocalist spent a year living and working in Japan, during which time she made the connection with the brilliant Tokyo Django Collective. She rekindled the relationship jamming with them in Amsterdam last year and sowed the seed for a collaboration that brings together Scotland’s leading swing jazz fiddler with the exciting Japanese Hot Club stars.
The Swing era brought us so much classy music, from jazz to mainstream pop, from Glenn Miller to Duke Ellington; Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald. Dave Batchelor, The Scottish Swing Orchestra and their dance group take you on a journey back to those times of extraordinary excitement and just a little of the teenage excess and experience.
Blues 'n' Trouble's Tim Elliott and Sandy Tweeddale get together with double bassist, Chris Agnew (on leave from The Rezillos), to refresh some old school blues classics. Tim’s voice and trenchant harmonica is showcased in the free spirited, spontaneous style of pre-war rural blues.
Chicago blues drummer extraordinaire (and a great singer too) was a huge hit on his Festival debut last year – classy, charismatic, and the sharpest dresser in the city - with a terrific music. He’s back with his deep, smoky vocals, and his power-packed Band. Catch one of the blues world’s legends.
The classic art of improvising on the tunes of the great American songbook, and a few jazz “standards” is becoming a rarity. It requires musicians with encyclopaedic musical knowledge, great harmonic understanding, a love of melodies, and virtuosity on their instrument.
“Beautifully conceived, mellow and melodic” (The Observer). Ear-catching melodies and sumptuous Celtic-tinged rhythms from all-star international band led by Scottish trumpeter.
Digging back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920’s New Orleans jazz the band unearth a repertoire of stomps, blues, and forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and Red Nichols.
Big band classics from Edinburgh’s own youth jazz band, packed with some exceptional talent in the current crop. Directed by Dan Hallam.
"One of the best bands in British music full stop" (BBC Radio Scotland). Fat-Suit is a 14-piece instrumental collective who deliver a mighty fusion of jazz, rock, and folk with a line up
The young pianist is probably the most exciting new Scottish jazz talent for a decade. A phenomenal technician for his age, he’s progressing so rapidly it’s hard to keep track of his artistry. Originally inspired by Oscar Peterson, he now ranges across the entire jazz piano tradition, and playing new music of real substance.
Todd Gordon sings Tony Bennett with special guest, Carol Kidd. Tony Bennett’s joyous and carefully crafted performances resonate with audiences worldwide who enjoy hearing classic songs from a classic era. Sharing Mr Bennett’s love for this material is Todd Gordon, one of Britain’s finest jazz and swing singers.
First time in Edinburgh for one of the giants of contemporary blues. Singer, organist, and keyboard virtuoso fronts one of the classiest bands on the world scene, playing all the major Festivals. It’s the sheer gravitas that he carries and the joie de vivre that he exudes that place Peterson apart.
Blending the melodic and rhythmic influences of his Brazilian homeland with an exploratory contemporary jazz sensibility, Mario’s music ranges from luscious ballads to sizzling uptempo burners. He is joined by Martin Kershaw (saxophone), Kevin MacKenzie (guitar) and Doug Hough (drums).
Packed full of fun and rhythm this unbeatable, authentic orchestra has been delighting audiences all over the world for decades. A lively mix of swing and hot dance music from the 20s and 30s plus timeless classics from the great American songbook have built the legendary reputation of the orchestra – when it comes to authentic swing it has no equal.
Festival favourite, Red Stripe and his seven- piece band, are back with another rollicking night of boogie woogie, blues, jump jive, swing, and rock n’roll – and a singular mission to give audiences a good time. “Red Stripe’s immediate rapport with the audience and quirky humour makes this show unmissable." (Stephen Fry).
Clarinettist and saxophonist, John Burgess leads a hot dixieland and swing band that recreates the classic sounds of one of Scotland’s greatest jazz musicians: trumpeter, Alex Welsh. Featuring trumpeter Roy Williams, and in the maestro’s chair - Enrico Tomasso.
Main Street Blues, Jensen interceptors, Kokomo Kings: Take a bucket full of unpolished Mississippi juke joint boogie, and blend it with another bucket full of laid-back down home blues, add a teacup of swamp pop, a tablespoon of hillybilly, a pound of profane, ecstatic gospel and you'll have the Kokomo Kings, This is rock and roll before rock and roll was born: Rockabilly.
Based in Tokyo these three virtuoso musicians brought together by their collective love for the music of Django Reinhardt. This hot trio deliver an exciting Japanese take on the Gypsy jazz sound with their world class sensitive and creative playing.
Lightnin' Malcolm, Neil Warden Blues and Beyond, John Nemeth Band. Scorching harmonica-driven blues and sweet blue-eyed soul from Memphis – the great John Nemeth headlines a three act show that also features ex-Tam White Shoestringers, Neil Warden and Gary Martin in a terrific new Trio with Neil playing lap steel guitar.
Graeme's star continues to rise, with wider critical acclaim, high profile tours, and new recordings - he's now a major force in UK Jazz. The guitarist's new Quartet features Phil Bancroft (saxes), Calum Gourlay (bass) and Stu Ritchie (drums).
A taste of New Orleans in the historic heart of Edinburgh For the whole afternoon, The Grassmarket becomes home to the biggest party in the Capital with multiple stages, non-stop entertainment and a host of bands. This year’s musical line up includes: Criterion Brass Band, St.
Sunday 17th July - FREE thanks to Edinburgh City Council The Mound, Princes Street, Grassmarket 2.30pm – Parade from The Mound to the West End of Princess Street 2.30-5pm – Performances in Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens, Grassmarket (See website for final schedule in July) The Festival Carnival has become a key
Soweto Kinch Trio The London based saxophonist and rapper’s distinctive brand of hip-hop infused modern jazz ignores musical barriers and melds sophisticated sax lines with sharp, intelligent rap. His Trio’s thrilling live concerts are packed with showmanship and sheer energy.
The Berlin based tenor saxophonist is one of the hottest young musicians on the German jazz scene.
Funky brass – with the band that takes contemporary and classic pop tunes, and gives them the New Orleans funky feel, and make every show a party. They can busk on the streets, play barbecues, dance festivals, world music clubs, and everywhere they go, they get people moving.
The London based singer-songwriter has moved on from experimentation with sax, soul, and electronic beats in her band, Nautic, to a wistful folk-pop format with her own new band: songs that could have been written in the 1970’s: “I like the idea of being adventurous with harmony and rhythm but still trying to craft a pop song out of it.” Sophisticated songs, full of