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 & Blues Festival: Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

13th July 2018
Jools Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra return to the Festival Theatre on Friday 13th July.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival:  Rumba da Bodas

Edinburgh Jazz & 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 & Blues Festival: 40th Anniversary Jazz Gala

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: 40th Anniversary Jazz Gala

13th July 2018
Join Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival on 13th July for a very special occasion to mark it's 40th Anniversary!
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival:  We Begin With Morton

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: We Begin With Morton

13th July 2018
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival launch their 40th Anniversary Celebrations with the man who “invented” jazz, Jelly Roll Morton.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival:  Mardi Gras at Grassmarket

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Mardi Gras at Grassmarket

14th July 2018
It's non-stop entertainment for Mardi Gras as a host of bands bring jazz to Grassmarket on 14th July.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival:  Soul Brass Band

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Soul Brass Band

14th July 2018 - 16th July 2018
Soul Brass Band are an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians and they know how to bring the funk.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival:  Brian Kellock Trio

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Brian Kellock Trio

14th July 2018
Brian Kellock's classic Trio with Kenny Ellis(bass) and John Rae(drums) re-unite again this year for a special concert.
Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

15th July 2018
Music, dance, costumes, circus acrobatics, puppetry from all over the world at Edinburgh Jazz Festival on 15th July.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Budapest Ragtime Band

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Budapest Ragtime Band

16th July 2018
It's a welcome return for the Budapest Ragtime Band, they are as passionate about having fun as they are about making great music.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Bratislava Hot Serenaders

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Bratislava Hot Serenaders

18th July 2018
Catch the simply sensational Bratislava Hot Serenaders when they play the Festival Theatre on 18th July as part of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival!
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival:  Davina and The Vagabonds

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Davina and The Vagabonds

19th July 2018 - 20th July 2018
Bluesy, blustery, bawdy and irresistibly fun, Davina and The Vagabonds return to the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: A Night in New Orleans

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: A Night in New Orleans

19th July 2018
Edinburgh-based American singer Ali Affleck and the acclaimed Copper Cats band transport you to the prohibition era, delivering good time, swinging vintage jazz.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival:  40th Anniversary Blues Gala

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: 40th Anniversary Blues Gala

20th July 2018
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival marks it's 40th Anniversary with an amazing line-up including Maggie Bell, Tim Elliot, Bernie Marsden and Sandy Tweeddale!
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Adults Only show - Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Adults Only show - Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton

20th July 2018
Don't miss Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton as he delights audiences with bawdy but endearing humour at Teviot Row House on 20th 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 & Blues Festival:  New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band

Edinburgh Jazz & 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.

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