Cross The Tracks 2017
The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival presents a programme strand where hip-hop, West African rhythms and funk meets jazz from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 July. After a string of highly successful events over the last few years they return to Edinburgh this summer.
Cross The Tracks pushes the boundaries of jazz and explores how it is impacting the current new music scene. Through a line-up of seven performances, it traces the rich thread of jazz music as it weaves through modern music production – from hip-hop and electronica to West African rhythms and funk. A vibrant thread in today’s top underground acts, the Festival is well positioned to draw on a growing appetite among music fans.
Programmer, Agnese Daverio says…
“Cross The Tracks presents a diverse, quality programme that highlights the heritage of jazz as refracted through the prism of contemporary music.”
On the line-up this year is: Ibibio Sound Machine – Fronted by London-born Nigerian, Eno Williams, whose powerful voice and stage presence evoke Grace Jones, Ibibio have conquered festival stages from Glastonbury to Wilderness with their steamy African soul-funk. New Orleans heavyweights Hot 8 Brass Band will be bringing their mix of hip-hop, jazz and funk. MOBO Award winners Binker & Moses, electronic jazz act Paul Harrison Sugarwork, Soweto Kinch Trio, Herschel 36 + Chris Sharkey Survival Skills and Yussef Dayes will play a range of events taking place across the city. Click on the artist names above for venues and stage times.
Ahead of the main Cross The Tracks event, there will be small preview happening on Friday 2nd June at the Leith Theatre as part of Hidden Door Festival. This show will feature Soweto Kinch Trio, Werkha Live Band, Riot Jazz Brass Band, gnabgnab with DJ Astrojazz and Rebecca Vasmant on the decks. You can buy tickets here.
Tickets for Cross The Tracks and the full Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival programme are available from www.edinburghjazzfestival.com or on 0131 473 2000.