Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2017


The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has released it line up for the 2017 event – and it is quite something, with performances from the likes of Kandace Springs, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and John Scofield & Uberjam Band. 2017 will be a special year for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, celebrating 100 years of Jazz with a range of unique performances and special events, as Edinburgh celebrates 70 years of Festivals.

Taking place over 10 days during the summer, from the 14th – 23rd July, the programme, packed with uplifting music, features over 170 concerts, with an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations from jazz legends and established blues stars to newcomers at the start of their careers, as the Festival once again creates its distinctive, one-of-a-kind event.

No other Festival covers Jazz and Blues, across all the styles with such depth and quality, and so many unique events. Last year saw over 70,000 music lovers experience the festival and this year you can take part too!

Musical heavy-hitters in 2017 include guitar greats, John Scofield and Mike Stern, who are both performing with all star bands; 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 Sowers returns for an extended Festival residency and is 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, with the annual Expo series of performances playing an expanded role. Seonaid Aitken 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; along with a host of other modern interpretations of the works of the jazz greats. 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. 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 music, from the Louis Armstrong inspired New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band, to the 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, and the hip-hop infused Hot 8 Brass Band. We also offer classic New Orleans Cajun music with 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’s gala 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, pianist Fergus McCreadie, fiddler Charlie Stewart, and bassist David Bowden. We are also delighted to host a new wave of musicians from Europe including Aga Derlak (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 Enrio Zanisi. The Edinburgh University Jazz Summer School expands to include a course for singers in addition to the regular course for instrumentalists.

Cross The Tracks celebrates cutting–edge new music, crossing the boundaries between jazz and contemporary urban music. Ibibio Sound Machine, Yussef Dayes, Hot 8 Brass Band, Paul Harrison Sugarwork, Herschel 36 and Soweto Kinch connect 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, Mr Sipp, Brandon Santini, Earl Thomas, and John Nemeth, Grainne Duffy, Matt Schofield and Connie Lush are amongst the international visitors, with the Scottish contingent including The Jensen Interceptors, Gerry Jablonski, Dana Dixon, Charlotte Marshall, Main Street Blues and Neil 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)

“The jazz tradition in Scotland is iconic and known worldwide. Today’s vibrant scene is constantly evolving and growing and our Festival continues to nurture and support both – the tradition and the future,” said Cllr Jason Rust, Chair of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Board of Directors, “we hope the Festival transcends the music itself and gets people downtown to see and experience a Festival to remember.”

There is no doubt that the 2017 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival will be one of the highlights of the musical summer, with such high quality artists and passionate music fans descending on a city as beautiful as Edinburgh you simply have to be there!

Tickets are now on sale, you can purchase them…

Online at: www.edinburghjazzfestival.com

By phone on 0131 473 2000.

In person from The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

Festival-goers can join in with the latest conversations by using the #EJBF17 hashtag on:

Twitter: @edinburghjazz

Facebook: facebook.com/edinburghjazzbluesfestival

Instagram: @ediburgh_jazz 

Programme: Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2017 Programme


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