Kenny Mathieson selects the best of the festival. Full details of all events are in the tree programme. Unless a venue box office number is given, tickets are available from the Ticket Centre, Waverley Bridge (557 9999) until Fri 31, and then from the Jazz Festival Box Office, Adam House, Chambers Street (650 8200). Tickets are sold as a Gold Star Badge (£75), day (£8), afternoon (£4.50) or evening (£4) passes, allowing admission to most venues (but not The Queen’s Hall).


I New Orleans Mardi Gras Chambers Street. l—3pm. Free. A colourful launch to the Festival. replacing the old parade. Needless to say. Chambers Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the party.

I The King of Swing: A Tribute to Benny Goodman The Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. 668 20l‘). 8pm. £10. £8. Saxophonist and band- leader Bob Wilbur. whose concert with Kenny Davern was one of the highlights of the last festival. leads a big band in a re-creation of music from the famous Benny Goodman concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938. The Coors American All- Stars (see preview) will also play on this bill. which is already selling fast.

I Hairobi Trio Earthquake McGoon‘s. Student Centre. Potterrow. 3—4pm. When is a trio not a trio'.’ When. like this one. it‘s a quartet. And they are not from Nairobi. either. but New Zealand. Hot-Club style swing outfit.

I Scottish Youth Jazz Jazz Festival Club. Festival Club. Chambers Street. 5.15—7.15pm. Daily showcase for the new generation. although I hope it will be more thoughtfully presented than last year.

I Graeme Bell—Humphrey lyttelton All-Stars Harlem Club. Adatn House. Chambers Street. 7.45—8.45pm. Aussie pianist Bell teams up with Humph. Digby Fairweather and Roy Williatns.

I llinety line and A Half A’Capella Hambone Kelly‘s. Acoustic Music Centre. Chambers Street. 8.30—9.30pm. Five-piece Australian vocal outfit. I Hot Antic Jazz Band

I Cotton Club. Student Centre. Potterrow.

9— l 0pm. Popular

traditional visitors.

I How Wolverines Mahogany Hall. Acoustic Music Centre. Chambers Street. l()—l lpm. Bix Beiderbecke tribute from another Australian band. I Jam Session Jazz Festival Club. Festival Club. Chambers Street. h’lidnight—Bam. Nightly jam session.

I Blue llote Jam Session Blue Note. Festival Club. Chambers Street. Midnight—2am. The more modern (relatively speaking) end of the music will be found at this venue. including this nightly jam session.


I Jan on A Summer’s Bay Ross Theatre. Princes Street Gardens. Ham—6pm. Free. Highly popular all day extravaganza. starting with 21 Gospel service. and including a number of the big names in the festival throughout the afternoon. Very tempting to the rain gods. though. btit it didn‘t dampen the fun much last year.

I James Morrison The Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2()|9. 8pm. £10. £8. The only big- name newcomer to Scotland. the trumpeter leads a band made up of his brother John Morrison on drums. with Brian Kellock (piano) and Ronnie Rae (bass). See preview.

I Devil’s Gonna Get You Adam House Theatre. Adam House. Chambers Street. 7.30pm. £5. A revue on the life and music of Bessie Smith. with Pauline Pearce iii the

I lead role. Runs until Sat 5 I4.

, I Roy Williams All-Stars

Mahogany Hall. Acoustic Music Centre. Chambers Street. 7.30—8.30pm. Top mainstream trombonist includes saxman Alan Barnes and Australian reeds player Paul Furniss in this band.

I Marty Grosz, Humphrey lyttelton, Annie Hawkins Earthquake McGoon‘s. Student Centre. Potterrow. 8.30—9.30pm. Well- known guitarist and trumpeter are joined by Australian bass player Hawkins.

I Hick Taylor Quartet Blue Note. Festival Club. Chambers Street.

l()—l 1.30pm. A gifted arranger as well as a great. experimental trombonist. I Coors American All- Stars Cotton Club. Student Centre. Potterrow. l().3()—l l.3()pm. See preview.

I Alan Barnes and Bruce Adams lluartet Jazz Festival Club. Festival Club. Chambers Street. l().3()—l l.3()pm. Steaming bebop from the English saxman and Scottish trumpeter.


I At Sundown - Acker Bilk and Humphrey lyttelton The Queen’s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 8pm. £10. £8. This excellent quintet were impressive on their first— ever tour of Scotland earlier this year. although the two leaders are familiar enough faces leading their own bands. High-quality traditional and mainstreattijazz. with Dave Cliff (guitar). Dave Green (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums).

I Coors All-Stars and


Johnny Mars


shg'fiing the balance



Linda Gray.

Director. Sead.

Judith Gillespie. Parents‘ Coalition. Angelica Brown. Bilingual Bicultural Programme. Nicaragua.

With international guest contributOrs from South Africa. The Philippines. Nicaragua. Ireland. Portugal and the Georgian Republic.



The blues bill looks distinctly short on major names this year, and recent events have led me to think

. that the old assumption that blues fans would turn out to hear just about anything as long as It was in twelve bars no longer holds good. Audiences seem to be realising that there is a lot of very ordinary music circulating under the blues banner these days, and it will be interesting to see it the likes of Paul Jones and Johnny Mars have the necessary drawing power.

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