Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival 2012 highlights
- Brian Donaldson
- 11 July 2012
This article is from 2012.
Kyle Eastwood, Dr John, Jeremy Pelt, Joakim Milder and Floex
The rugged demeanour, surname and love of jazz surely give the game away as to this guy’s heritage. But if anyone is wrong-headed enough to think Kyle has simply been given a leg-up by his legendary dad, they might want to reflect on an impressive track record of world tours and critically-loved releases, the most recent of which is Songs from the Chateau. Making Kyle’s day even more is the solo appearance of guitarist Martin Taylor.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 0131 473 2000, 26 Jul, 8pm, £15.
With a fresh spring in his step after the acclaim of new release Locked Down (a collection produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach), Mac Rebennack returns to the festival with support coming from fellow New Orleans player Jon Cleary, whose sixth solo album, Occapella!, has also done some impressive business.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 21 Jul, 8pm, £22.50–£26.50.
This genre-bending pair will open eyes to some who think jazz is a less than broad church. Fresh from dates in Cairo, Malmö and Somerset, Edinburgh’s hypnotic Hidden Orchestra are joined by the equally mesmerising Floex, known to his pals as the multimedia Czech composer Tomáš Dvorák.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 24 Jul, 8pm, £12.50.
Born in the mid-70s but with musical roots heavily indebted to the legends of bebop, Pelt’s stock has been rising ever since his 2002 solo debut, Profile. Those of a Blue Note persuasion have to get along to this.
Bosco Theatre, George Square Gardens, 22 Jul, 7pm, £15.
The Berklee College alumnus is joined by the renowned saxophonist, composer, arranger, and professor at Stockholm’s Royal Conservatory for a vibrant night of Scandic-Scottish sounds.
Salon Elegance, George Square Gardens, 27 Jul, 6pm, £10.
A night to cherish for fans of Scottish blues as Caledonian icons of the form collaborate. Once dubbed Britain’s answer to Janis Joplin, Bell has worked with everyone from BA Robertson and Rod Stewart to Taggart and The Who.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 20 Jul, 8pm, £12.50.