Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is renowned for featuring extraordinary musicians on the basis of their outstanding performances rather than their name recognition in Scotland. As we survey the jazz world, we are amazed by the quality of some European jazz scenes, and it’s a thrill to offer you a very special snapshot of one of the most exciting places for jazz in 2019: Brussels.
Belgium has played a key role in jazz history. The iconic jazz instrument, the saxophone, was the Belgian, Adolphe Sax’s invention; and Django Reinhardt, the Belgian guitarist, was the first non-American, to be a major international jazz star and to almost singlehandedly create a European jazz style – gypsy swing – that endures to this day. There have been many Brussels jazz greats, from Phillip Catherine to Toots Thielemans, but nothing to match the current crop of brilliant musicians.
From Thursday 7th February to Saturday 9th February, Thrill presents eleven concerts that highlight the best of the new Brussels jazz scene in some iconic Edinburgh venues: The Queen’s Hall, The Jazz Bar, St Brides Centre and on the High Street.
Check out the latest Festival programme here!