Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival 2012 highlights

This article is from 2012

Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival 2012 highlights

Jeremy Pelt

Kyle Eastwood, Dr John, Jeremy Pelt, Joakim Milder and Floex

Kyle Eastwood

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.

Dr John & The Lower 911

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.

Hidden Orchestra and Floex

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.

Jeremy Pelt Quintet

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.

Laura MacDonald & Joakim Milder Group

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.

Maggie Bell & Blues ‘n’ Trouble

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.

Dr John & The Lower 911

One of New Orleans' most distinctive voices, Dr John is right up there with true greats Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino and is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the Crescent City's rich musical heritage.

Maggie Bell and Blues n Trouble

The Stone the Crows lady is considered Scotland's Queen of the Blues and tonight she performs blistering jazz with a rock edge.

Hidden Orchestra and Floex

Spectacular dual headline show featuring two groups who defy simple categorisation. Critically acclaimed composer/producer Floex leads an exceptional band recreating his lush, cinematic jazz and glitch electronica soundscapes, which has left audiences across Europe spellbound. Hidden‘s mesmerising blend of jazz, hip-hop…

Jeremy Pelt Quintet

State of the art modern jazz from New York. This Quintet look and sound like a 2012 version of the great Blue Note bands of the 1950s and 60s. Sharp, current, clever, passionate, rooted in blues and soul, and the traditions of Miles and Dizzy and Freddie. Trumpeter, 'Pelt is a technical marvel. He executes intricate solos…

Kyle Eastwood Band and Martin Taylor

Son of Hollywood actor/director Clint Eastwood, Kyle grew up with jazz, and has become a world class bassist and composer. He has released three critically acclaimed albums, toured worldwide, and composed soundtracks for several Clint Eastwood films. A 'hot live act' (BBC), his band plays slick modern jazz, blending…

Laura MacDonald/Joakim Milder Group

Alto and tenor sax led band featuring leading players from Scotland and Sweden, with the power-vibes playing of Mattias Stahl creating a special Quintet sound. Intelligent, attractive music from musicians who make some of the freshest sounds in jazz.