2017 is a special year for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival!
Over 10 summer days we celebrate 100 years of Jazz with a range of unique performances and special events, as Edinburgh celebrates 70 years of Festivals.
No other Festival covers Jazz and Blues, across all the styles with such depth and quality, and so many unique events.
2 mega-free events l 9 amazing venues l 10 summer days
70 Years of Edinburgh Festivals l 100 Years of Jazz l 170 Concerts
Edinburgh's Summer Festival season starts right here. #EJBF17
Musical HEAVY-HITTERS in 2017 include:
Guitar greats, John Scofield and Mike Stern;
The Bad Plus, the group changed the face of the piano trio;
New charismatic star singer and pianist Kandace Springs;
The Music Makers Blues Revue with a galaxy of legendary southern blues veterans;
Sarah McKenzie, the successor to Diana Krall
The ebullient Davina and The Vagabonds return for an extended Festival residency and are joined by Italian troubadours Rumba de Bodas, who also stay for the ten days.
The Festival celebrates the CENTENARY OF JAZZ with a decidedly Scottish flavour:
Seonaid Aitken Music celebrates Ella Fitzgerald;
Tommy Smith salutes Coltrane;
Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson are inspired by Stan Getz;
Tom Gordon is swinging like Basie;
Ryan Quigley revives Dizzy Gillespie; and
Calum Gourlay rejigs Thelonious Monk;
Edinburgh pianist, Brian Kellock is in residency for the ten nights playing in a host of different projects which are close to his heart and with a series of guests including Lianne Caroll, Scott Robinson, Fionna Duncan.
NEW ORLEANS is where jazz began and the first jazz recording was made in 1917 and it's one of the most vibrant places for jazz and blues today. We celebrate New Orleans music, with over 20 concerts:
Louis Armstrong inspired New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band;
From second line brass of Soul Brass Band to the funk of Smokers World and Dumpstaphunk;
the new modern jazz star of the trombone, David L. Harris Music, and the hip-hop infused The Hot 8 Brass Band.
Classic New Orleans Cajun music with the The Savoy Family Cajun Band.
New Orleans guests are sprinkled through out the programme playing with Scottish bands as diverse as Swampfog, and the Spirits of Rhythm.
The highlight of the season is the FESTIVAL GALA'S concerts with the New Orleans Classic Big Band, the singer, Ingrid Lucia, and an all star selection of small groups.
Looking to the new, the Festival features a hugely exciting new group of YOUNG SCOTTISH JAZZ musicians, including singer Luca Manning, saxophonist Matt Carmichael Music, pianist Fergus McCreadie — Pianist, fiddler Charlie Stewart, and bassist David Bowden. We are also delighted to host a new wave of musicians from Europe including Aga Derlak Trio (Poland), Dock In Absolute (Luxembourg), Fragile Bliss (Czech Republic), Jacob Karlzon Trio (Sweden) and a trio of young pianists from Italy Alessandro Lanzoni, Manuel Magrini and Enrico Zanisi.
CROSS THE TRACKS celebrates cutting–edge new music, crossing the boundaries between jazz and contemporary urban music with:
Ibibio Sound Machine;
Soweto Kinch Trio;
The Hot 8 Brass Band;
Binker and Moses;
Yussef Dayes presents Black Focus (Yussef Kamaal);
Paul Harrison Sugarwork
connecting us to the worlds of hip-hop, afro-latin, punk and electronica.
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.
Lisa Mills, Hamilton Loomis — Official Artist Page, Mr. Sipp " The Mississippi Blues Child ", Brandon Santini, Earl Thomas, and John Nemeth, Grainne Duffy, Matt Schofield and Connie LUSH BAND are amongst the international visitors, with the Scottish contingent including the Jensen Interceptors, Gerry Jablonski Band, Dana Dixon, Charlotte Marshall and the 45s, Main Street Blues andNeil Warden
We mark the end of the legendary Edinburgh Blues band Blues 'n' Trouble with a tribute gig put together by front man Tim Elliott, and we signal Tim’s ongoing interests as he turns his attentions to a new project, saluting the sound of the great blues shouters of the 50s and 60s.
The Festival also features gospel (The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Coco Mamas), Cajun (The Savoy Family), Western Swing (Cow Cow Boogie), soul and funk (Cyndi Cain, Hamish Stuart, James Brown Is Annie), and Carolina’s Gullah Music (Ranky Tanky).
The 2017 Festival has changed its venue portfolio with a new Spiegeltent in West Princes Street Gardens at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, the beautifully refurbished and intimate Rose Theatre and the Traverse Café joining the grandeur of The Festival Theatre, the Festival hub of George Square (now with two tented venues) and the iconic Jazz Bar.
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)
SEE THE FULL PROGRAMME AT edinburghjazzfestival.com