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Founded in 1978, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is one of the top ten Jazz Festivals in Europe, presenting over 170 concerts over ten days in July. We present all styles of jazz and blues with equal commitment from 1920s jazz to emerging artists.

Special funding from the Scottish Government enables Scottish musicians to create new projects such as Graeme Stephen playing with Aidan O’Rourke and has help us fund a host of new projects which are part of Jazz 100 Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Scottish Jazz Expo
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The Festival celebrates the Centenary of Jazz with a decidedly Scottish flavour as a host of Scottish musicians deliver modern interpretations of the works of the jazz greats from Louis Armstrong to today. Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Jazz 100
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New Orleans is where jazz began and the first jazz recording was made in 1917. The city’s music has evolved in many exciting directions but still remains an extraordinary melting pot of musical styles and great players. Its one of the most vibrant places for jazz and blues today. In 2017, we present over 30 concerts featuring New Orleans.

New Orleans
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A host of artists are coming to Edinburgh to play the Jazz & Blues Festival for the first time, we are delighted to welcome…

Edinburgh Firsts
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Cutting edge music that crosses the boundaries between jazz and contemporary urban music, whilst staying true to the progressive and revolutionary nature of the art form.

Cross The Tracks
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Our Blues programme crosses all the boundaries too: Southern blues, delta blues, Mississippi blues, Chicago blues, electric blues, acoustic blues; the Festival hosts American stars and all the best homegrown talent. 

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With the backdrop of Edinburgh’s skyline the Festival will take to the streets with two free events. The Mardi Gras in The Grassmarket (Saturday 15th July) and The Edinburgh Festival Carnival in Princes Street (Sunday 16th July).

Free Events
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July 2018

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