EDINBURGH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL


July 12th – 21st


Fri 12

6pm-7.30pm, £13.50, ages 5+   JOACHIM CAFFONNETTE TRIO AND SEXTET

February’s “Thrill” Festival in Edinburgh shone a light on the brilliant jazz coming out of the Brussels Jazz scene right now. Pianist Caffonnette is one of the leaders of a new wave of Belgian musicians steeped in tradition, with prodigious technique and a wish to combine sophistication with direct emotional power (and he’s a food writer and novelist too!). Tonight, he will present his beautiful Trio as well as an all-star Belgian/Scottish Sextet presented with co-leader Michael Butcher (tenor saxophone).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm10.30pm, £12, ages 18+   CORTO ALTO

Liam Shortall is a brilliant trombonist and one of the most exciting young musicians in Scotland. He’s a member of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Graham Costello’s STRATA, AKU, Tom McGuire & The Brassholes, Fat-Suit, and he’s on the stage in all the happening musical places. His new band is a nu-jazz collective blending sounds from Afrobeat, Hip Hop & Soul, backed by an integral jazz mindset and comprising some of Scotland’s finest young jazz talents: Cameron T Duncan (Trumpet), Mateusz Sobieski (Saxophone), Dan Brown (Keys), James Mackay (Guitar), Mark Hendry (Bass), Peru Eizagirre (Drums).

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £6/£5, ages 18+   TBC

Stay tuned!

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Sat 13

5.30pm-7.30pm, £11, ages 5+   NADYA ALBERTSSON + HAMLET

Hamlet are a young jazz fusion collective from Aberdeen who mix classic modern jazz, from Herbie Hancock to Miles Davis with influences from Afro-beat, traditional Scottish music, rock and hip-hop into an exciting pulsing sound. Today’s show features long-time collaborator: the effortlessly beautiful voice of Swedish singer Nadya Albertsson.

Tickets available here.

8.30pm10.30pm, £12, ages 18+   GENERAL POST OFFICE

Off the wall, young band from Bergen, Norway, who make musical collisions that no-one else considered. Can you splice free improvisation and contemporary hard edge jazz with rough-as-guts blues? Yes. Does it sound extraordinary? Yes. Power, aggression, groove: Peter Brötzmann meets Howlin’ Wolf. Aksel Øvreås Røed (sax), Isach Skeidsvoll (piano), Torkil Hjelle (bass), Sigurd Steinkopf (drums).

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £6/£5, ages 18+   BOHEMIAN MONK MACHINE

6-piece funk band hailing from Perth bring you a night of high energy funk mania! Expect groove based original material and an array of covers and reworks ranging from the 60’s era of James Brown right through to the current sounds of Vulfpeck. “Perth Funk Pioneers” ~ Hollie Irvine (Discovery Music).

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Sun 14

5.30pm-7pm, £12, ages 5+   MARK HENDRY: FRACTUS

After his amazing leadership debut at last year’s Festival, the double bassist returns with a new project featuring Irini Arabatzi (vocals), Bernadette Kellermann (violin), Matthew Carmichael (tenor saxophone), Greg Irons (drums). Hendry is probably the strongest jazz composer and arranger to have emerged in Scotland in recent years, and every new project must be regarded as an important milestone. How will fractus shape up? Jazz, with strong elements of folk, ambient and minimalism.

Tickets available here.

8pm-10pm, £13, ages 16+   ALAN BENZIE TRIO WITH KRISTOF BACSO

The pianist’s Trio is one of the finest in the country: at times, sensitive; other times, strident, but always lyrical, bright and positive. Benzie is inspired by impressionist classical piano music, Central-Eastern European traditional music and Japanese animation – perhaps a stange mix, but the result is super-exciting jazz, packed with explosive virtuosity, from a band that has a unique empathy. Tonight they are joined by the stellar saxophonist, Kristof Bacso, one of Hungary’s foremost jazz musicians.

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30pm, £11, ages 18+   GIANNI DENITTO

The eclectic saxophonist’s roots are in classical music, flourish in the jazz world “and finally bloom in the synthesis of acoustic and electronic sounds”. He’s a formidable jazz saxophone player, who plays in many traditional jazz settings, but his unique concept is his solo show. Here, he creates soundscapes with live saxophone and electronics that cross different musical cultures and traditions, that evoke all kinds of atmospheres, from trance to dance.

Tickets available here.

1.15am-late (doors open 12.30am), £5/4, ages 18+   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped… hot vocals from Fiona Lynch, funky guitar from Aki Remally and dope grooves from Jim Drummond (drums) and Dougie Coulter (bass). Get involved.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Mon 15

6pm-7pm, £10.50, ages 5+   BERNADETTE KELLERMANN’S COLOURWORKS

The violinist is known as a member of Fat-Suit and Farrland, but with her own band she mines an exploratory path between folk and jazz music; exploring and reinventing the jazz/folk borderline with a strong sense of melody tied to improvisational adventure. “Very evocative and minimalistic” – BBC Radio Scotland. Fergus McCreadie (piano), Mark Hendry (bass) and Graham Costello (drums).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £12, ages 18+   THE JAZZ BAR BIG BAND

“A big, bombastic sound” (The Scotsman) from mainstays of the Edinburgh scene, this is the classic Monday night big band, where the best players in town come down for a blow. Great free-spirited music kept in line by Erik Lars Hansen and Keith Edwards.

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman).

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Tue 16

6pm-7.30pm, £11, ages 5+   BECC SANDERSON

Singer-songwriter Becc Sanderson performs songs of Billy Strayhorn, Radiohead, the White Stripes, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, plus originals of her own making and all with flowers in their titles. Exploring cabaret and the tradition of the torch song. With Graeme Stephen (guitar and effects), and Chris Greive (trombone and effects).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £11, ages 18+   BEN WILCOCK AND THE JELLY ROLLS

There is an inescapable sense of fun about this trio from New Zealand. Swinging like crazy, they radiate mischief as they take a dash of Harlem Stride and Fats Waller and mix it with big swing a la Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson. The resplendent Ben Wilcock takes centre stage on piano, joined by the effervescent John Rae on drums and the multi-instrumentalist Dan Yeabsley on double bass and saxophones.

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   101st AIRBORNE

Fat grooves, jazzy excursions, soulful vocals and bags of pocket from guitarist Aki Remally’s soul-funk four-piece band… with the baaaadest rhythm section in town supplying ALL of your Tuesday funk with a set covering everything from Funkadelic to Vulfpeck.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Wed 17

6pm-8pm, £12, ages 5+   SEDNA

In a world of extraordinary young musical talent, it takes something exceptional to stand out. Vocalist, Arabatzi, and drummer, Henderson, are not just great young musicians, they are amongst the best ever to come through the Scottish jazz scene. They are joined by Matt Carmichael (saxophone), Graeme Stephen (guitar) , James Lindsay (bass). This is a “spur of the moment” band. Agreed in a flash, these are musicians who respect each other hugely, and think they can come up with something very special incorporating folk influences from Scotland/Greece/ Brazil. EJBF exists to make magic moments like this.

Tickets available here.

9pm-10.30pm, £12, ages 18+   NIMBUS SEXTET

Marrying Afro-Cuban, West African & Balkan influences with modern jazz classics, post-bop and hip-hop, Joe Nicholls’ Nimbus Sextet offer an infectious approach to melody and groove and some classy ensemble playing and soloing. From hard grooving soul-jazz to world jazz crossover this is bright, infectious music making by an infectious young band: Joe Nichols (Keys, Piano & Harmonica), Mischa Stevens (Bass), Martin Fell (Alto & Soprano Sax, Clarinet), Alex Palmer (Drums), Euan Allardice (Trumpet), Manuel Brazuna (Guitar).

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   SWAMPFOG

Fat horns and heavy riffs, with a healthy serving of New Orleans grooves, from Tom Pickles’ 6-piece with sax, trumpet & trombone horns plus Jed Potts (gtr/voc), bass and drums: a mix of originals, classics and a few unexpected covers.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Thu 18

6pm-7.30pm, £12.50, ages 5+   TOM STEPHENSON TRIO/KEVIN MACKENZIE TRIO

Mackenzie’s beautiful guitar-bass-drums trio with Mario Caribe and Alan Cosker play with “an impeccably light and contemporary sound, weaving fresh, fragrant melodic lines around one another” (Jazzwise). “Absorbing… a winner…highly recommended (Jazz Views). Opening the concert, Stephenson makes his EJBF debut with his regular Trio of Mark Hendry and Greg Irons. They’re a different generation but still influenced by the same Metheny/Frisell/Abercrombie axis. Scotland meets middle America in sophisticated jazz land.

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £10, ages 18+   MUD IN YOUR EAR FEATURING GARY MARTIN

Authentic old blues styles, evoking back porch parties and Mississippi delta roots, with Richard O’Donnell and Alan Jones’s acoustic blues wizards, Mud In Your Ear, joined for this special gig by harmonica blues ace and classy vocalist, Gary Martin.

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   FUTURE HEROES

Superbly creative guitarist Aki Remally fronts this five-piece funk monster. Featuring Jonny White on saxophone, these guys will keep your feet moving all night long with the deep-funk rhythms of Scott Jamieson (drums) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Fri 19

2pm-4pm, £6, ages 5+   ENUJSS CONCERT

Edinburgh Napier University Jazz Summer School. An opportunity to see and hear some jazz stars of the future as the summer school students (instrumentalists and vocalists) show off their newly acquired skills. Led by Dave Kane, Jessie Bates and Haftor Medbøe.

Tickets available here.

6pm-7.30pm, £11, ages 5+   TRIO MAGICO

A celebration of the Brazilian music of piano and guitar virtuoso, Egberto Gismonti, best known in Europe for his extraordinary ECM records, but widely regarded in Brazil as a composer of genius. Infectious rhythms and beautifully intense melodies are translated into vessels for inspiring jazz improvisation by Paul Harrison (piano), Mario Caribe (bass) and Stuart Brown (drums).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £10, ages 18+   AKU

They call it doom-jazz! AKU play a mix of hard hitting heavy rhythmical originals and covers of music by such as Shabaka Hutchings, Fela Kuti and Young Fathers! The experience can be cathartic: full on blowing, passionate soloing, and constant groove from three of Glasgow’s most exciting young talents: Harry Weir (tenor/baritone saxophone/effects), Liam Shortall (trombone/tuba/effects), Graham Costello (drums).

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   TBC

Stay tuned!

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Sat 20

6pm-8pm, £11, ages 5+   JAZZMAIN/IAN MILLAR AND DOMINIC SPENCER

The concert starts with beautifully crafted melodies and improvisations from Ian Millar’s soft lyrical tenor sax and Dominic Spencer’s deft and intricate piano touch. Then, a classic hard-blowing session in the best Blue Note tradition from JazzMain with pieces by Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, George Coleman, Tubby Hayes etc from Nick Gould (sax), Steve Grossart (keys), Iain Harkness (bass) and Kevin Dorrian (drums).

Tickets available here.

9pm-10.30pm, £11, ages 18+   STEVE HAMILTON QUARTET

The pianist is a star around the globe, renowned for his long-term associations with such as Bill Bruford and Billy Cobham. He’s an astonishing technician, a beautiful melodist, and an exciting improviser. Here’s a very rare outing for his all-star Scottish band.

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   NICOLE & THE BACKUP CREW

Lively and soulful blues party, paying homage to the most important women in blues history and featuring stunning singer Nicole Smit.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Sun 21

6pm-7.30pm, £11, ages 5+   CAT LOUD QUARTET

Mixing sharp-tongued biting wit with dusky torch singing, the singer delivers a repertoire of jazz standards and lesser known songs celebrating the women behind some of the finest songs in jazz, blues and soul to be recorded over the last fifty years: Billie Holiday, Julie London, Chet Baker and Melody Gardot. “A perfect nightcap” (Graham Norton).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £11.50, ages 18+   ORION ALL-STARS

An Afrobeat-ElectroJazz-DrumNBass-Funk-Fusion-HipHop collective inspired by Sun Ra, Flying Lotus, Jaga Jazzist and Outkast, Saxophonist, Harry Weir’s new band play their own explosive material, as well as covers of prominent black musicians ranging from Childish Gambino to Sun Ra, with an “interstellar” line-up: Cameron Thomson-Duncan (trumpet), Liam Shortall (trombone), Harry Weir (tenor & bari Sax), John Patton (guitar), Mark Hendry (bass), Greg Irons (drums).

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.15am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped… hot vocals from Fiona Lynch, funky guitar from Aki Remally and dope grooves from Jim Drummond (drums) and Dougie Coulter (bass). Get involved.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.