Five highlights of the 2013 Edinburgh Jazz Festival

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 15 July 2013

This article is from 2013

Five highlights of the 2013 Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Pharoah Sanders, Malene Mortensen, Snarky Puppy and Stan Tracey

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert
Described as Ellington’s attempt to bring the Cotton Club into a church setting, he produced three Sacred Concerts between 1965 and 1973. The pianist-composer himself said this was ‘the most important thing I have ever done’ and here, Ellington devotee Stan Tracey revives the Duke’s spirit with a jazz/classical/choral performance.
Dunfermline Abbey, 23 Jul; Queen’s Hall, 24 Jul.

Hidden Orchestra
The acclaimed Edinburgh quartet led by Joe Acheson certainly pack it in with their jazz, rock, classical, electronica hybrid to produce lush and layered soundscapes. Their 2010 debut, Night Walks, is a great place to start for anyone looking to uncover the Hidden Orchestra’s beautiful depths.
Liquid Room, 20 Jul.

Snarky Puppy
Not so much an instrumental band as a jazz fusion collective, this rotational act has almost 30 members with a core team led by award-winning bassist and composer Michael League. Rising from the grassroots and becoming a genuine force for musical good, their community outreach projects are a way of giving something back.
Queen’s Hall, 22 Jul.

Malene Mortensen
The true test of a person is how you cope with adversity, and it doesn’t get much more adverse than coming last in the Eurovision Song Contest. That was 11 years ago, and it merely drove Mortensen on to become a massive jazz success in her Danish homeland. She now makes her Scottish debut alongside guitarist Carl Mörner Ringström.
Palazzo Spiegeltent, 25 Jul.

Pharoah Sanders & Phil Bancroft
Two heavyweight tenor sax players lead their quartets in a US/Scotland double bill with Bancroft unleashing his new band on us. Sanders first came to attention in the 60s alongside Coltrane and recently threatened to quit live performance due to the proliferation of illegal recordings at his gigs.
3 Bristo Place, 28 Jul.

Hidden Orchestra

Jazz-inflected cinematic soundscapes from Hidden Orchestra: Joe Acheson (bass/electronics), Poppy Ackroyd (piano/violin) and Tim Lane and Jamie Graham (drums/percussion).

Snarky Puppy

Brooklyn-based raw funk collective led by bassist and composer Michael League.

Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, He made his name with expressionistic, free jazz in John Coltrane's late ensembles of the mid-'60s, and then on a series of modal/free classic albums under his own name, he’s gone on to embrace…

Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert *

A very rare performance of Ellington's wonderful "Sacred Music" set in the historic surrounds of Dunfermline Abbey.

Malene Mortensen

One of the highest profile vocalists in Denmark since singing in the Eurovision Song Contest ten years ago. She came last. That might tell you something – she’s got great taste and musicality, terrific time and a voice that sounds like it’s inside the lyric all the time. She sings classic jazz standards and arrangements…