Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival Listings

Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival takes place between Fri 30 Jul-Sun 8 Aug. Tickets for all concerts (except for Van Morrison at The Playhouse, 557 2590) are available from the Queen’s Hall, 668 2019, and the Assembly Rooms, 220 4349. Tickets for concerts at The Hub are also available from the Festival 80x Office, 473 2000. Some tickets may be available on the door, depending on availability. Information on the Festival is available at www.jazzmusic.co.uk and 467 5200.


I Fionna Duncan's Student Concert (‘ounting House. West Nicolson Street. (iox 201‘). 6pm. £5. Check ottt the fruits of a week's hard work as singer Fionna Duncan pttts her students through their paces.

I Scottish National Jazz Orchestra The Hub. ('astlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. 8pm. £20-£25. A lavish opening to the festival in this Gala Concert focusing on the music of Duke Ellington. if you've been on Mars. you may not know this is the centenary of Duke‘s birth. and Tommy Smith and his musicians will be joined by several stellar guests to launch this exciting new venue. including Joe 'l'emperley'. Bobby Watson and Carol Kidd. I Greg Osby Quartet The Liquid Room. Victoria Street. 225 2564. 8pm. ill). The saxophonist‘s Scottish debut is one of the most enticing items on the programme. See preview.

I Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings Queen‘s- llall. (‘lerk Street. 668 2019. 8.30pm.

£ 10 - £27.50. This sold otit almost immediately. so if you don’t have a ticket already. you won't be able to rock ottt with Bill and the boys.

I Madeline Eastman Counting House. West Nicolson Street. (168 20l9. 9pm. £l0. Talented American singer with a real feel for jal/ phrasing and rhythm.

I Climax Jazz Band & Barcelona Milan Band The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. l lpm. £5. A reunion froin one of Edinburgh’s most famous traditional jazz outfits. the Climax Jazz Band. plus a festival debttt for this Spanish-Italian quintet.


I Mardi Gras (irassmarket. 467 5200. l2.30—4pm. Free. A day out in the (irassmarket. with (largely traditional) jam on multiple stages.

I Jason Moran Trio The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. l2.30pm. £6. Pianist Jason Moran is a member of the Greg Osby Quartet. but has recently released his debut album and gets his own slot here.

I Joe Temperley Quartet The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. 3pm. £7.50. The great Fife-born. New York- based saxman leads his own quartet in this gig. one of several appearances around the festival for the baritone specialist.

I Edsel Gomez Group Counting House. West Nicolson Street. 668 20l9. 7.30pm. £l0. Puerto Rican pianist Edsel Gomez is best known as a part of David Sanchez‘s group. bttt his own colourful take on Latin-jazz will feature here.

I Bobby Watson. David Sanchez 8: Paul Harrison Trio The Liquid Room. Victoria Street. 225 2564. 8pm. £12. The

Claire Martin


is now well established as one of Britain's leading vocal interpreters of jazz standards and straightahead swing, but has also developed a sophisticated approach to contemporar pop songs, from Joni Mitchell to David Sylvian and Nick Drake. She will eature a string quartet as well as

jazz trio in this set. The Hub, Mon 2 Aug, 8pm.

festival‘s long-standing policy of niisittg and matching traditional ia/x musicians has been applied to more ittodern contexts this year. producing several fascinating combinations. This is certainly one of them. with top American saxmen Watson and Sanchc/ teaming tip with young Edinburgh-based pianist l’aul Harrison‘s trio.

I The Festival Ball The Hub. Castlehill.

Royal Mile. 473 2000. 8pm- lam. £l2. :\ collection of largely traditional sty le bands for this event. featuring l-‘at Sam‘s Band. Mike Hart's Society S) lic‘tipaltil‘s, trumpeter Kenny Baker. the guitar-led

; swing of the Nairobi Trio. the Barcelona

Milan Band. and sasophonist Michael Hashim. I Jacques Loussner Trio Queen's Hall.

Clerk Street. 668 20“). 8.30pm.

£l.5()—£l5. If lightly swinging. rather

polite jazz adaptations ofclassical music

- Bach. Vivaldi. Ravel -- sounds like your thing. then Loussier is the guy who w role the book.

I Ingrid Jensen & Greg Osby Quintet Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. («is 201‘). llpm. £10. Note the last minttte change of venue original tickets remain valid. Another of those fascinating meetings. bringing saxophonist (ireg ()sby together with the Ingrid Jensen Quartet. See previews.

I Jazz On A Summer's Day Ross Bandstand. Princes Street (iardens. 467 5200. l2.30-(ipm. Free. The festival‘s well-established free bash in the gardens always draws big crowds. The emphasis of the featured music will be on traditional and fun styles. with more contemporary sounds reserved for a new evenin event (see below).

I Miciiael Hashim Quartet The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. l2.30pm. £5. American sauiphotiisl Michael Hashim has his own distinctive slant on the jazz tradition.

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