Best Scottish acts to see at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Best Scottish acts to see at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Louise Dodds

Get the lowdown on this year's Jazz & Blues Festival, kicking off on Friday 16 July

Edinburgh's festival season keeps on trucking in July with all things jazz and blues related. Here's a quick list of some top Scottish talents to catch across the festival's ten days.

David Milligan
A solo piano performance here from Midlothian's Milligan featuring tracks on his most recent album, Momento, which was dubbed by All About Jazz as 'distinctive and beautiful'. And if you all behave, he might even treat you to some new compositions.
Assembly Roxy and online, Monday 19 July, 2pm, in-person £20; online £10.

Fergus McCreadie
Pianist and improviser extraordinaire, McCreadie has continued to climb the ladder of Scottish jazz since Turas, his self-released debut album from 2018. His trio performs with Ilford's Grammy-winning sax man Tim Garland, while later in the festival he hosts a workshop suitable for beginners as well as intermediate level players.
Online, Tuesday 20 July, 6pm, £10; online workshop, Saturday 24 July, 10am, £5.

Best Scottish acts to see at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Fergus McCreadie

Matt Carmichael Quartet
This young Highlander made the final of 2020's BBC Young Jazz Musician competition, and his rise continues with the release of a critically lauded album, Where Will The River Flow.
Assembly Roxy and online, Tuesday 20 July, 2pm, in-person sold out; online £10.

Louise Dodds Quartet
Appearing here with a crack band (Alyn Cosker on drums, Andrew Robb on double bass, and Alan Benzie on piano), Edinburgh vocalist Dodds spent much of the pandemic composing new songs. This gig will showcase the fruits of her lockdown labour.
Assembly Roxy and online, Saturday 24 July, 2pm, in-person £20; online £10.

Graham Costello
This Glasgow drummer boy is at the forefront of Scotland's innovative modern jazz scene, and for this gig his four-piece band includes bassist Mandy Clarke who has previously played with the varied likes of Bombskare, The Go! Team, and KT Tunstall.
Online, Saturday 24 July, 7pm, £10.

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David Milligan solo

Here David presents solo piano arrangements of songs from ‘Momento’ as well as some new compositions. A leading musical voice in the Scottish Jazz scene, don’t miss the opportunity to see Dave in this musically intimate setting. Join us live in the audience or online from the comfort of your home.

Fergus McCreadie Workshop

Multi-award-winning pianist Fergus McCreadie is a phenomenal technician, with a deeply personal style that captures Scotland’s musical traditions and landscapes while honouring his American and Nordic influences. Suitable for beginners and intermediate entry level students, Fergus will cover topics from comping to…

Matt Carmichael Quartet feat. Charlie Stewart

Nominated for BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2020, and releasing his critically-acclaimed album ‘Where Will The River Flow’ earlier this year, he is fast becoming one of the leading lights of the Scottish jazz scene. With an impressive compositional maturity, Carmichael fuses jazz and folk elements giving his music a…

Louise Dodds Quartet

Louise Dodds is a singer who can command a room, stilling audiences with her charm and musical power. Featuring Alan Benzie on piano, Andrew Robb on double bass and Alyn Cosker on drums, Dodds will be debuting music that will feature on her upcoming album. Inspired by other singers like Gretchen Parlato and Norma…

Graham Costello

Now with a new band he delivers genre bending music with heavy harmonies, shifting rhythms and lots of energy. He is joined by one of the UK’s top bassists, Mandy Clarke (Bombskare and KT Tunstall) with Christos Stylianides on trumpet and Kevin Cahill on guitar. An EJBF Commission | Supported by Scottish Jazz EXPO *Please…

David Milligan solo

Here David presents solo piano arrangements of songs from ‘Momento’ as well as some new compositions. A leading musical voice in the Scottish Jazz scene, don’t miss the opportunity to see Dave in this musically intimate setting. Join us live in the audience or online from the comfort of your home.

Fergus McCreadie Trio with special guest Tim Garland

For EJBF21 he is joined by Edition records stablemate, the Grammy winning saxophonist Tim Garland who packs lyricism and power in equal measure. A world premiere for EJBF - don’t miss Supported by Scottish Jazz EXPO