This July, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival comes back with a diverse lineup of classic and contemporary jazz, trad, blues, and swing music. This year’s Jazz & Blues festival lineup includes Theon Cross, Fergus McCreadie, Ibibio Sound Machine, and more.
The 2023 edition of the festival, which proceeds from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 July throughout multiple Edinburgh venues (including Festival Theatre, Queen’s Hall, St Bride’s Centre, The Jazz Bar and George Square Spiegeltent), features over one hundred events, including ten live-streamed and pre-recorded performances that can be viewed online.
Highlights include appearances by Ibibio Sound Machine, Hamish Stuart & The Tomorrow Band, and Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, who are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Average White Band’s 1973 record Show Your Hand. Showcasing an array of local talent is a Scottish Jazz expo featuring well-known names like Fergus McCreadie, Graham Costello’s STRATA, Seonaid Aitken, kitti and AKU!, while American artists and traditions are celebrated in performances from saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and New Orleans all-women ensemble The Original Pinettes Brass Band, as well as a free-to-attend Mardi Gras concert taking place in the middle of the Grassmarket.
The complete lineup for the event is set to be declared in the coming weeks.
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The Norwegian component of the festival, SPARK, which is organised by Øyvind Skjerven Larsen, director of the Oslo Jazz Festival, broadens the event’s reach internationally this year. Elephant9, ASQ, Mona Krogstad, Kristina Fransson, and Liv Hauge are among the performers. Tommy Smith of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra will also be joining forces with Norwegian double bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Thomas Strønen.
Furthermore, the Jazz For Kids section of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival offers a variety of interactive workshops taught by top Scottish musicians throughout the entire city, from the Currie Community Centre to Portobello.
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