This year the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is packed with every kind of jazz you can imagine and other jazz-inspired music such as electronica and hip-hop too. From bebop to boogie-woogie and Dixieland to Soul, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival sets the city alive from 17th until 26th July.
Founded in 1978 the festival began as a strongly traditional Jazz straight down the middle festival with very little room for manoeuvre but over the years things have changed and horizons have broadened.
Highlights of 2015 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
One of the biggest and most revered names in jazz and soul is in Edinburgh for his first festival this year. George Benson’s decade spanning career has included the release of over 30 albums and redefining jazz as a genre when he achieved the first ever platinum jazz album in 1976. Benson also has 10 Grammy Awards, is a Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee and is Edinburgh to wow audiences with many of his most popular and enjoyable hits.
A Jazz festival isn’t a jazz festival without a bit of boogie-woogie and in 2015 the biggest boogie-woogie party is back once more with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues orchestra taking to the stage once more. This show stopping performance has sold out three years in a row at Edinburgh and this year they’re going to be joined by special guest Marc Almond, formerly of Soft Cell.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is going to be home to 150 gigs at 13 different venues across the city and festival goers will be able to more than just listen with plenty of jamming opportunities. The festival is also unique amongst similar events because of its distinctly Scottish feel thanks to acts such as the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra. The programme also incorporates the Edinburgh Firsts series which celebrates artists who are making their debut in the city.
Other acts to look out for throughout the festival include Davina and the Vagabonds, the Oriental Jazz Band, AJ Brown, John Burgess Big Five, Alligator Gumbo, Mr Sipp and many other bands and artists. 2015 is also going to be a huge celebration of Miles Davis as it is his 89th anniversary year and jazz and music fans of all backgrounds will be able to come along and immerse themselves in the vibrant, cultural atmosphere of Edinburgh and the amazing music on offer.
See the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival website.