Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Announces 2017 Programme
2017 is a special year for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Over 10 summer days (14th – 23rd July) they celebrate 100 years of Jazz with a range of unique performances and special events, as Edinburgh celebrates 70 years of Festivals.
Last year, the festival featured 170 concerts, with over 70,000 attending. This year, the programme, packed with uplifting music, features over 170 concerts, with an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations from jazz legends and established blues stars to newcomers at the start of their careers, as the Festival once again creates its distinctive, one-of-a-kind event.
Musical heavy-hitters in 2017 include guitar greats, John Scofield and Mike Stern, who are both performing with all star bands. Davina Sowers returns for an extended Festival residency and is joined by Italian troubadours Rumba de Bodas, who also stay for the ten days.
The Festival also features a hugely exciting new group of young Scottish jazz musicians, including singer Luca Manning, saxophonist Matt Carmichael, pianist Fergus McCreadie, fiddler Charlie Stewart, and bassist David Bowden. They are hosting a new wave of musicians from Europe including Aga Derlak (Poland), Dock In Absolute (Luxembourg), Fragile Bliss (Czech Republic), Jacob Karlzon Trio (Sweden) and a trio of young pianists from Italy Alessandro Lanzoni, Manuel Magrini and Enrio Zanisi. The Edinburgh University Jazz Summer School expands to include a course for singers in addition to the regular course for instrumentalists.
Cross The Tracks will be returning this year and celebrating cutting–edge new music, crossing the boundaries between jazz and contemporary urban music. Ibibio Sound Machine, Yussef Dayes, Hot 8 Brass Band, Paul Harrison Sugarwork, Herschel 36 and Soweto Kinch connect us to the worlds of hip-hop, afro-latin, punk and electronica.
The 2017 Festival has changed its venue portfolio with a new Spiegeltent in West Princes Street Gardens at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, the beautifully refurbished and intimate Rose Theatre and the Traverse Café joining the grandeur of The Festival Theatre, the Festival hub of George Square (now with two tented venues) and the iconic Jazz Bar.
With the backdrop of Edinburgh’s skyline the Festival will take to the streets with two free events. The Mardi Gras in The Grassmarket (Saturday 15th July) and The Edinburgh Festival Carnival in Princes Street (Sunday 16th July)
For more information and tickets, visit: www.edinburghjazzfestival.com