Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Castlehill Royal Mile, 473 2000. Edinburgh FREE Mardi Gras Grassmarket, 473 2000. 1pm. The Grassmarket transforms into a swinging, buzzing New Orleans high street with parades, brollie-dollies and bands performing all afternoon. Begins at 12.30pm with a parade from the City Chambers. ■ Makoto Ozone and No Name Horses The Hub, Castlehill Royal Mile, 473 2000. 2pm. £10. The leading Japanese Big Band is loaded with world- class players – including international star pianist, Makoto Ozone, and lead trumpeter Eric Miyashiro – playing music from their new Latin jazz CD Jungle. ✽✽ Enrico Pieranunzi Trio The Hub, 6pm. £12.50. The Italian piano maestro plays jazz standards with extraordinary passion and astonishing invention. ■ Phil Mason New Orleans All Stars and Tricia Boutte Band The Jam House, 5 Queen Street, 473 2000. 7.30pm. £12.50. Phil Mason’s New Orleans All Stars and singer Christine Tyrell are one of the biggest traditional jazz attractions on the international circuit. ■ A Funny Valentine Bosco, George Square, 473 2000. 8pm. £10. See Fri 31. ■ Doky/Johansen/Ozone/Smith The Hub, Castlehill Royal Mile, 473 2000. 8.30pm. £14. A supergroup featuring three of the hottest musicians in world jazz: bassist Chris Minh Doky, pianist Makoto Ozone, saxophonist, Tommy Smith and drummer Jonas Johansen. ■ Eric Burdon and The Animals The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8.30pm. £26.50. Blues-rock 60s beat group best known for their gritty, bluesy sound and hits like ‘House of the Rising Sun’, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ and ‘We’ve Gotta Get Out of this Place’.
■ Tom Gordon Mirror Image The Lot, 4–6 Grassmarket, 473 2000. 9pm. £10. One of the leading drummers in Britain with Phil Bancroft (tenor sax), Malcolm MacFarlane, Kevin Mackenzie (guitars) and Calum Gourlay (bass). ■ Hamish Stuart The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street, 473 2000. 10pm. £20. Former lead singer and guitarist with The Average White Band is one of the funkiest and most soulful musicians to come out of Scotland.
Sunday 2 Edinburgh FREE Jazz on a Summers Day Ross Theatre Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, 473 2000. 1pm. Afternoon-long concert in the gardens featuring a plethora of jazz bands from all over the world including Todd Gordon, Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra, Forth Valley Chorus, Mike Hart’s Society Syncopators and many more. FREE Sunday Market Grassmarket, 473 2000. 1pm. While the afternoon away browsing through the market stalls or sampling the wares of the excellent hostelries of the Grassmarket. KBB Big Band from Alesund in Norway, Polich Krakow band and Rosy Blue Duo provide the swinging musical jazz entertainment. ■ Scotsman Talks: Chet Baker Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, 473 2000. 4pm. £6. Roger Spence will chair a discussion about the romantic idol of jazz, Chet Baker, focusing on that pivotal period in Chet’s life when he lived in Italy. Enrico Pieranunzi (who played and recorded with Chet in this era), Mike Maran and Colin Steele (who star in Mike’s drama A Funny Valentine) will join the discussion. Filmhouse will also screen some rarely seen footage of Chet in performance.
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