Best of the Rest - Jazz and Blues

Highlights of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

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This article is from 2009.

Jazz on a Summer's Day

Jazz on a Summer's Day

Jazz on a Summer's Day

The biggest jazz event in Britain offers four and a half hours of outdoor fun including the Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra, No Name Horses, the 80-strong Forth Valley Chorus and Tricia Boutté, with a blazing finale from The Squadronaires.
Ross Theatre, Princes Street Gardens, 0131 473 2000, 2 Aug, 1pm, free.

Eric Burdon and The Animals

You'll know the 1960s likes of 'House of the Rising Sun' and 'We've Gotta Get Out of this Place' like the back of your hand, but there's plenty more to come from this archetypal blues-rock outfit from Newcastle. Burdon recently made Rolling Stone mag's hot 100 list of finest singers in the world. Ever.
Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, 1 Aug, 0131 668 2019, 8.30pm, £22.50–£26.50.

The Hot Club of Cowtown

Naming themselves after Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt's pioneering 1930s collective, this US band fuses hot jazz, vintage pop and swing, a sound that romped home at the Glasgow Americana Festival in May and is likely to do the same here.
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, 0131 473 2000, 4 Aug, 9pm, £10.

Martin Taylor/Sylvain Luc

Martin Taylor is an Essex boy who was playing in his dad's band at the age of eight. Sylvain Luc hails from Bayonne and, as a nine-year-old, was recording an album of Basque folklore with his brothers aged nine. Together they'll tear up the place with their Django-inflected sound.
The Hub, Castlehill, 0131 473 2000, 5 Aug, 8.30pm, £17.50.

Niki King

The former Perrier Jazz Singer of the Year will bring us this tribute to the Lady Day songbook a couple of weeks after the 50th anniversary of her sad death. A bold move on behalf of the smoky-blues vocalist but one she should carry off with a fine and mellow style.
Bosco, George Square Gardens, 0131 473 2000, 6 Aug, 8pm, £12.50.

Baptiste Trotignon

As part of the French new wave, this Nantes artiste spent over a decade studying classical piano before moving into the jazz realm. Once there he established himself firmly, scooping a Golden Django for his debut album, Fluide, in 2001.
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, 0131 473 2000, 8 Aug, 8pm, £16.

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

The groovy feller ushers in a stirring finale to this year's Festival with a line-up to die for. Soul star Ruby Turner and Welsh singer, guitarist and producer Dave Edmunds pop on stage with the ex-Squeeze man.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 0844 847 1660, 9 Aug, 8pm, £27.50–£32.50.

This article is from 2009.

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools and his band play classic boogie woogie and rock'n'roll tunes for your merriment. Featuring guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Jazz On A Summer's Day

Free afternoon-long concert in the gardens featuring a plethora of jazz bands from all over the world including Todd Gordon, Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra, The Dave Donohoe Band and Topsy Chapman. 'Part of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival'.

Baptiste Trotignon

The Parisian pianist is a young giant of the French jazz scene. He's a magnet at Festivals and on records where his pianism embraces classical recitals, duos with Brad Mehldau, a sensitivity that can be as delicate as Debussy or Bill Evans or take in everything that EST and The Bad Plus have created. French sensitivity…

Eric Burdon and The Animals

Eric Burdon's searingly powerful blues-rock voice was the hallmark of Sixties beat group The Animals. Best known for their gritty, bluesy sound and string of hits like "House of the Rising Sun", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We've Gotta Get Out of this Place", it was Burdon’s brooding intensity that burned the…

Martin Taylor/Sylvian Luc

Martin Taylor’s latest recording is a set of duets where the guitarist applies his dazzling guitar virtuosity to well known jazz standards with fantastic results. No tune is tackled in the same way: there’s simplicity, complexity, disguise, drama, lyricism, thudding rhythmical attack…and it’s all Taylor. He plays both…

Niki King

Fifty years after Lady Day passed away, she’s still everywhere in popular music, one of the most distinctive voices of the 20th Century. Niki King, Scotland’s leading young jazz singer, has put together a show that celebrates Billie Holiday ’s songs and rekindles that emotional openness that communicates so directly…

The Hot Club of Cowtown

The American roots band that somehow melds Hot Jazz, Vintage Pop, Swing, Americana, and Cowboys – Western Swing is what they call it. Elana James is a hot fiddler and a sultry singer, Whit Smith plays swinging, rhythmic acoustic guitar and Jake Erwin slaps the bass hard and fast. It’s a down-home party crossing every…

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