Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Set up in 1978, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival now presents high quality musicians from all over the world.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

About Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

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Edinburgh Jazz Festival was set up in 1978 by banjo-player and guitarist, Mike Hart. Mike's initial focus was on traditional jazz and a host of events taking place for free admission in pubs. By the mid-80's the Festival had added ticketed events, and had broadened its musical policy to encompass swing and mainstream jazz and occasionally some more modern groups.

From the Festival's commencement the artistic policy has been to concentrate on musical excellence (rather than the "star system") and to champion spontaneous creativity: music making on the spot in Edinburgh. These virtues have been developed in the 21st Century with the production of a wide range of new music, the establishment of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra, and an on-going commitment to supporting Scottish musicians to realise creative ideas, and to link with international musicians. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has also grown its world outlook, presenting high quality musicians from all over the world.

Upcoming Events at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival:  Rumba da Bodas

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Rumba da Bodas

13th July 2018 - 22nd July 2018
The exuberant cabaret-swing of Rumba da Bodas are celebrating their tenth anniversary and return to Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in July.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival:  Average White Band

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Average White Band

21st July 2018
One of the best Festival gigs of recent years was Average White Band’s triumphant 2016 show, and they are back in Edinburgh at Festival Theatre for the Jazz and Blues Festival.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival:  New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band

21st July 2018 - 22nd July 2018
The band is packed with the best talent from New Orleans and they play the original styles with extraordinary passion.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Charlie Wood

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Charlie Wood

22nd July 2018
It's a solo outing to the Jazz Festival for Memphis singer and pianist Charlie Wood with his mix of jazz, blues, soul, traditional R&B and popular music.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Birth Of The Cool

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Birth Of The Cool

22nd July 2018
Richard Ingham recreates Miles’ classic album with an all star band including Colin Steele on trumpet.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: NYOS Jazz Orchestra

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: NYOS Jazz Orchestra

22nd July 2018
NYOS Jazz Orchestra presents the music of groundbreaking group Weather Report and is joined by beatboxer, sound artist and vocal sculptor Jason Singh.

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Popular Events

Del Amitri
25 years after last taking to the stage at the castle, Scottish Band Del Amitri will play Edinburgh Castle on 21 July 2018.
Goddess
Comic storytelling show based on writer/performer Jacqueline Haigh's true experiences of working as a receptionist in a Tantric Massage parlour.
Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever, one of the most loved dance stories of all time, returns to the stage in a spectacular new musical production! Catch it at the Edinburgh Playhouse this October!
Edinburgh Farmers Market
Experience Edinburgh’s original Farmers’ Market, The only market in Edinburgh where the farm really meets the city.
Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History
Join the Surgeons Hall Museums on their new walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town and hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment.

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