Best of the rest - Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 22 July 2008

This article is from 2008.

David Murray Black Saint Quartet

David Murray Black Saint Quartet

The Big Chris Barber Band

Blues standards, New Orleans classics and tunes from Duke Ellington and Miles Davis are all in the Barber repertoire as he and his band do early jazz like few others.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 25 Jul, 8.30pm, £21.50 (£17.50).

Paul Towndrow Quartet

‘Better drowned than duffers’ is Towndrow’s myspace motto and this young Scottish sax player is sailing on a wave of adulation with his vast technical ability and a heart to match.
The Lot, Grassmarket, 25 Jul, 9.30pm, £8.50.

Rigmor Gustafsson

Making her Scottish debut, this honey-tongued vocalist won a Grammy in her native Sweden with Alone with You. She will be stopping off at the Spiegeltent after an extensive European tour.
Spiegeltent, George Square, 26 Jul, 7pm, £10.

David Murray Black Saint Quartet

Due to this Californian sax and clarinet player’s prolific output, he was once dubbed ‘the Joyce Carol Oates of jazz’. Having played a tenor since the age of nine, he is comfortable in both formal structures and wilder free forms.
The Hub, Castlehill, 29 Jul, 3pm, £18.50 (£16).

Barbara Morrison

With her earthy, warm and sassy vocal aesthetics, this Michigan singer was recording at the age of ten. Here, she’s accompanied by velvet-voiced Todd Gordon and film scoring saxophonist John Altman.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 30 Jul, 8pm, £18.50 (£16).


These free jazz innovators have a wit and energy that balances composition and improv with true skill. Their latest CD is Exit Strategy, including tracks such as ‘Hitch Hiking Ghosts’ and ‘Hardball’.
Three Sisters, Cowgate, 31 Jul, 7.30pm, £8.50.

Muddy Waters Reunion

The man who defined the Delta-rooted sound of post-war Chicago may no longer be here but many of his band sure are. Here, the likes of Calvin ‘Fuzz’ Jones and James Cotton (pictured) get back together.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 31 Jul, 8pm, £21.50 (£17.50).

Tommy Smith

Alongside Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen and Scottish drummer Alyn Cosker, the sax star will be giving us everything from haunting soundscapes to funked-up world beats.
The Hub, Castlehill, 1 Aug, 6pm, £15 (£12.50).


Bringing humour and rhythm to The Hub, Brian Kellock has played with everyone from Tam White to Hue and Cry. Here, his trio will be swinging like there’s no tomorrow.
The Hub, Castlehill, 1 Aug, 8.30pm, £15 (£12.50).

Stephane Grappelli Centenary Concert

Guitarist Martin Taylor (pictured) leads this tribute show to the man he toured the world with for over a decade. Violinist Florin Nicolescu and bassist Jean Philippe Viret complete the gala line-up.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 3 Aug, 8pm, £21.50 (£17).

For tickets and info call 0131 473 2000 and 0131 668 2019 (Queen’s Hall).


Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children's events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.

The Big Chris Barber Band

The veteran slide trombonist leads his big band in a programme of swing and New Orleans-style jazz.

Brass Jaw

Fun, exhilarating saxophone quartet, playing big band, bebop and blues, sans rhythm section.

Paul Towndrow Quartet

Striking original compositions and the occasional intriguing cover from gifted alto-saxophonist Towndrow.

Muddy Waters

The only UK appearance of the six former members of the band - Jerry Portnoy, Steady Rollin Bob Margolin, David Maxwell, Calvin 'Fuzz' Jones and Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith - plus the 83-year-old, legendary, super-harmonica player James Cotton, for a special night of Delta-rooted blues. 'Part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues…

Rigmor Gustafsson

Big star singer on the Swedish jazz scene.

David Murray Black Saint Quartet

Virtuoso saxophonist Murray returns to the quartet format that established his reputation as one of the most exciting and inventive leaders in jazz in a series of classic recordings on the influential Black Saint label. 'Part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival'.

Chris Grieve Sextet and Trianglehead

Trombonist Grieve's sextet featuring trumpeter Ryan Quigley in a double bill with the exploratory Trianglehead, with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Paul Harrison (piano) and Stu Ritchie (drums). 'Part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival'.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Scotland's biggest jazz festival presents concerts over ten days all over the capital, in parks, churches, clubs and concert halls. With a programme featuring all genre styles from early jazz to the avant garde, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival usually manages to secure some world premieres, new bands, and fresh…

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