Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival to present four-day online festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blue Festival to present four-day online festival

Georgia Cecile

Virtual programme will mark the dates of the 43rd festival

While the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival will not be making its grand return this month as usual, a new online programme has been announced which will mark what would have been the 43rd edition of the festival. From Thu 23 Jul, audiences will be able to enjoy recorded performances, content from the EJBF video archive, talks, late-night DJ sets and more, all from home.

Highlights from the programme include international guests such as Joplin Parnell from New Orleans and Nashville bluesman Stacy Mitchhart, plus performances by Scottish musicians Martin Kershaw, Graham Costello's STRATA and Fergus McCreadie, who plays two concerts; one with fiddler Charlie Stewart, and the other with singer Luca Manning.

Tom Bancroft's Playtime team will also be presenting new recorded live sets, Seonaid Aitken's Rose Room quartet will be celebrating their 10th anniversary and Harry Weir's Trio AKU! will play a mix of originals and covers by the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Fela Kuti and Young Fathers. The popular Blues Afternoons will be returning too, with sets from Sandy Tweeddale, Jed Potts, Liz Jones, Main Street Blues, and Nicole Smit. And the festival will also broadcast videos from a host of singers including Lorna Reid, Georgia Cecile and Katie Whittaker.

Kids can get in on the action thanks to Jessie Bates and Haftor Medbøe, who present a duo set covering a day in the life of a toddler through songs about getting ready and dressed, going out and about, bath time and, finally, bed time. And BBC Radio Scotland's Jazz Nights joins the festival this year, with host Seonaid Aitken putting together a special mixtape featuring artists who have played the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival in the past, and special home DJ sets from Ali Affleck and Rebecca Vasmant for the festival afterparty.

Chair of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Councillor Jason Rust says: 'We are excited to be able to deliver such an exciting online programme in 2020 which covers the range of great music that the festival is famous for. We were sorry that we could not stage the live festival as usual this year, but hope this celebration of the music that we love will fill the gap in some small way. We look forward to welcoming you to our various online homes.'

The full programme will be live from noon on Thu 16 Jul at edinburghjazzfestival.com, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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