Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival 2011 - highlights

Tommy Smith, Courtney Pine, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more

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This article is from 2011.

Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival - highlights

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

A high energy blend of New Orleans horns and live hip hop beats, this Chicago nine-piece return to raise the Spiegeltent from its moorings. Barack Obama, Jay-Z and David Byrne are among the fans of this exciting block party brass band, and Damon Albarn has had them support Blur and play on the latest Gorillaz album. Dancing shoes mandatory.
The Spiegeltent, George Square, 26 & 27 Jul, 9pm, £16.

James Carter Organ Trio

While bebop is at the core of Carter's sound, he is no staid classicist, turning his saxophone to high velocity blow-outs and lyrical balladry with equal aplomb.
Dans Paleis, George Square, 23 Jul, 8.30pm, £15.

Magnus Ostrom Band

Esbjörn Svensson Trio were hailed by many as the future of jazz; others found their blend of tasteful electronica and bloodless post-rock somewhat insipid. Following Svensson's tragic death, drummer Ostrom carries the flame with his new project.
The Hub, Castlehill, 24 Jul, 8.30pm, £20.

Jacob Karlzon Trio

Immaculate Swedish piano jazz, drawing on folk melodies and the European classical tradition. Classy stuff.
The Hub, Castlehill, 23 Jul, 6pm, £12.50.

Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet

Billed as a contemporary twist on Blue Note, Kronkvist's light, polished bop should be enjoyable. Scottish support act Bink also sound intriguing, citing Ornette Coleman and Deerhoof as their influences.
The Bosco Theatre, George Square, 8pm, £10.

Courtney Pine Europa

Switching to bass clarinet for this latest project, Pine traces a journey through Europe's musical heritage. His vision encompasses Spanish folk, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Gregorian chants.
Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, 22 Jul, 8.30pm, £22.50 (£17.50).

Leroy Jones Band

Trumpeter Jones came to prominence as Harry Connick Jr's sidekick in the 1980s, but don't let that put you off; this is classic New Orleans jazz performed with skill.
The Spiegeltent, George Square, 22 Jul, 9pm, £15.

Django a la Creole with Evan Christopher

New Orleans clarinettist Christopher takes on the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt's Hot Club, updating the sound with creole, Latin and blues elements.
The Hub, Castlehill, 27 Jul, 8.30pm, £15.

Lafertin, Meier, Limberger Quintet

Django's legacy is also celebrated by guitarists Fappy Lafertin and Lollo Meier and violinist Tcha Limberger, performing together in Edinburgh for the first time.
The Spiegeltent, George Square, 23 Jul, 7pm, £15.

Mario Caribe Jazz Bossa

A key player in the Scottish jazz scene, bass virtuoso Caribe returns to his Brazilian roots with this bossa nova-inspired show, featuring pianist Paul Harrison and singer Miriam Aida.
The Hub, Castlehill, 23 Jul, 8.30pm, £15.

Tommy Smith KARMA

Scotland's leading saxophonist's KARMA project encompasses brooding Celtic ballads and upbeat Arabesques.
The Bosco Theatre, George Square, 26 Jul, £15.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Jools Holland Show

James Carter Organ Trio, Walk The Dog, Madison Square Park, NYC 8-4-10

Magnus Ostrom - Ballad for E

Jacob Karlzon - Still Hope

Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet - CONSTANT CONTINUUM - promo video

Courtney Pine about his new album Europa and the SELMER bass-clarinet

Leroy Jones Trio When the Saints Go Marching In

Evan Christopher and Django a la Creole

Tommy Smith Land Of Heroes - KARMA

This article is from 2011.

Courtney Pine: Europa

Switching to bass clarinet for this latest project, Pine traces a journey through Europe's musical heritage. His vision encompasses Spanish folk, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Gregorian chants.

Evan Christopher: Django à la Creole

New Orleans clarinettist Evan Christopher takes on the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt's Hot Club, updating the sound with creole, Latin and blues elements.

Fredrik Kronkvist Kvartett & Bink

A band that everyone who loves modern jazz must love. The concept is updated Blue Note - the soul, swing, and energy of a session by Herbie or Hank Mobley or Horace Silver and the most sophisticated fiery groove from a rhythm section that any saxophone player in the world would wish. Kronkvist can make his tenor smoke…

Jacob Karlzon Trio

One of the leading jazz pianists in Europe, Karlzon’s sound and touch can be extraordinary, almost magical. He can hit the most sensitive of emotional chords or thrill with up-tempo grooves packed with bright melodies. Wonderfully turned simple folkloric ballads; blues and funk; swinging jazz … he plays them all in a…

James Carter Organ Trio

While bebop is at the core of Carter's sound, he is no staid classicist, turning his saxophone to high velocity blow-outs and lyrical balladry with equal aplomb.

Lafertin, Meier, Limberger Quintet

Django's legacy is also celebrated by guitarists Fappy Lafertin and Lollo Meier and violinist Tcha Limberger, performing together in Edinburgh for the first time.

Leroy Jones Quintet

Trumpeter Jones came to prominence as Harry Connick Jr's sidekick in the 1980s, but don't let that put you off; this is classic New Orleans jazz performed with skill.

Mario Caribe – Jazz Bossa, with special guest Miriam Aida

A key player in the Scottish jazz scene, bass virtuoso Caribe returns to his Brazilian roots with this bossa nova-inspired show, featuring pianist Paul Harrison and singer Miriam Aida.

Tommy Smith's Karma

Scotland's leading saxophonist's KARMA project encompasses brooding Celtic ballads and upbeat Arabesques.

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 jazz styles from early jazz to the avant garde, the EJ&BF usually manages to secure some world premières, new bands, and new collaborations.

Magnus Öström Band

Former EST drummer with his new band, featuring Thobias Gabrielson (bass), Andreas Hourdakis (guitar) and Gustaf Karlöf (keyboards).

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