Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival 2011 - highlights
- Stewart Smith
- 8 July 2011
This article is from 2011.
Tommy Smith, Courtney Pine, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more
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.
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.
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.
Immaculate Swedish piano jazz, drawing on folk melodies and the European classical tradition. Classy stuff.
The Hub, Castlehill, 23 Jul, 6pm, £12.50.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scotland's leading saxophonist's KARMA project encompasses brooding Celtic ballads and upbeat Arabesques.
The Bosco Theatre, George Square, 26 Jul, £15.