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Two of the biggest guitar stars of jazz and fusion in a very rare and incendiary jazz guitar double bill – both with all star bands, including the legendary trumpeter, Randy Brecker and drummers, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White. “Scofield can make his guitar howl, plead, laugh, argue, and preach – deep passion and almost unbearable beauty”

John Scofield Uberjam Band with Dennis Chambers / Mike Stern & Randy Brecker Group
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SEONAID AITKEN Celebrates the songs of ELLA FITZGERALD in her centenary year with THE GROOVE MERCHANT BIG BAND With special guest, Sam West Ella Fitzgerald was the greatest vocalist the jazz world has ever heard. Her extraordinary diction, timing, sense of swing and all round joie de vie meant that her versions of hundreds of great songs were the definitive ones.

A Night With Ella - Seonaid Aitken
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“Seeing The Blind Boys of Alabama in concert is part living history, part concert” (The Washington Post) The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognised around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators.

The Blind Boys of Alabama / The Como Mamas
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featuring GILSON LAVIS with special guest CHRIS DIFFORD and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & BETH ROWLEY + TEN MILLENIA as support The king of boogie boogie, swing and R’n’B, Jools Holland is back for another energy-fuelled show with his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, raising the roof of the Festival Theatre once

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
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She’s back! 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. Her shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages. A must see!

Davina & The Vagabonds
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Blend together Lenny Kravitz’s hybrid of classic rock and soul, the bluesy swagger of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the sweltering funk of Prince and the result is singer/songwriter Hamilton Loomis.

Hamilton Loomis
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One of New Orleans’ best, one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove. One of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet.

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Cuba has the Buena Vista Social Club. The southern United States has Music Maker Blues Revue.

Music Maker Blues Revue
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Touted as the new Diana Krall, Sarah McKenzie makes her Festival debut. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music after her performance at the Umbria Jazz Festival Competition.

Sarah McKenzie
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A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Pasadena Roof Orchestra
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“Should be on prescription for those who need their spirits lifted!” (American) Fun-lovin' masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, mixes 1920’s New Orleans trad-jazz, blues and rags with hugely-entertaining and boisterous on-stage antics.

The California Feetwarmers
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Sunday 16th July, The Mound, Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens. 2.30-5pm, Free. Exotic costumes, rhythmic sounds, giant puppets, drum groups and street performers of every description, creating a Carnival atmosphere in the centre of Edinburgh. Over 700 performers will take part in this amazing spectacle. Full details to be announced. 

Edinburgh Festival Carnival!
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Saturday 15th July, The Grassmarket, 1pm-4pm, Free, Standing. The historic heart of Edinburgh becomes a mini New Orleans for the afternoon. A host of bands create non stop entertainment and a party atmosphere on stages across the Grassmarket. Sponsored by Greater Grassmarket.

Mardi Gras
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These Italian troubadours of the sensuous and sublime make it their mission to party. Their high-octane, gypsy-swing travels from latina to swing, balcanica to reggae, soul to folk into an ever-changing musical mix.

Rumba de Bodas
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There’s an increasingly loud buzz around Kandace Springs, the Nashville-based singer-pianist who combines old-soul jazz sophistication with a tasteful touch of R&B and pop. She’s been a protegy of Prince (playing at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain), she’s toured with Gregory Porter and released her first album on Blue Note in 2016.

Kandace Springs
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