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A 1954 recording session resulted in five musicians, including Horace Silver, forming a co-operative called The Jazz Messengers.

Jazz 100 - Art Blakey
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Scotland’s King of Swing was just one of Tommy Sampson’s accolades. Originally a cornetist with the Salvation Army he developed a talent for arranging and from 1947 his orchestra was the UK’s standard bearer.

Jazz 100 - Tommy Sampson
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With his beret and goatee Dizzy Gillespie became the symbol of bebop, the music he helped to create in the mid-1940s, and redefined the language of big bands and small groups alike.

Jazz 100 - Dizzy Gillespie
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Both our Summer School courses run in conjunction with Edinburgh Napier University are now sold out.

Summer Schools Are Sold Out
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The jazz musician’s jazz musician, pianist Tadd Dameron’s associations made him the natural link between the swing and bop eras.

Jazz 100 - Tadd Dameron
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We have a very rare show in this year’s Festival. The only UK date by “The Blind Boys of Alabama”. This iconic group has been singing gospel music for seven decades and amazingly is still fronted by Jimmy Carter, who has been there since the start in the 1940’s.

Blind Boys Of Alabama
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