Highlights of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2014

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 15 July 2014

This article is from 2014

Highlights of the 2014 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Abdullah Ibrahim

Featuring Abdullah Ibrahim, Van Morrison, Christian Scott and BadBadNotGood

Hackney Colliery Band

Mixing nuggets of funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock with Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz, this nine piece brass band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room. Age restriction: 18+
Sun 20 Jul, Tron Kirk, Hunter Square, 10pm

Christian Scott Quintet

Hip, focused and charismatic, Scott is every bit the iconic jazz trumpeter. With the bell of his Dizzy Gillespie-style “bent” trumpet pointing skywards like a rocket launcher, he explodes onto stage - rangy and savvy, lyrical and explosive. His music reflects his New Orleans-born, Harlem-based life, as he straddles tradition and modernity, from bop to hip hop.
Sun 27 Jul, The Queen's Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street. 10pm. (£15–£20)

Mandela Day Concert

Abdullah Ibrahim, the pianist formerly known as Dollar Brand, leads this special show in tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. Approaching his 80th birthday, South African Ibrahim enjoyed a special link to the former ANC president, having performed at his inauguration. Also on the bill are the Mahotella Queens and Freshlyground.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 0131 529 6000, 18 Jul, 8pm, £22.50–£37.50.

Mike Stern & Bill Evans Band

Just prior to this date, Stern and Evans will have ticked off places such as Alicante, Amsterdam and Tokyo on their touring itinerary. The pair have acres of experience under their belts, and notably teamed up as part of the Miles Davis revival of the 1980s.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019, 20 Jul, 8pm, £20–£25.

Zara McFarlane

Hailed by The Guardian earlier this year for ‘sounding as if she’s graduated from skilful diffidence to magnetic eloquence and complete ease with an audience, almost overnight’, the young London singer already has a MOBO nomination to her name. Further official plaudits are assured.
Palazzo Spiegeltent, George Square Gardens, 0131 473 2000, 21 Jul, 8.30pm, £15.

Van Morrison

One of his most famous tunes was played at the end of Rik Mayall’s funeral, but don’t expect a barrel of laughs tonight as Van the Man gets deep, down and serious with an injection of rock and blues into this jazz bonanza.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 0131 529 6000, 22 Jul, 7.30pm, £44.50–£87.50.


This Canadian trio are not just innovative with their name (which could also be written totally upper case or wholly lower case, depending on your mood) as they prove that’s it not just modern colliery bands who can cover Kanye West. These chaps even have a go at My Bloody Valentine and James Blake.
3 Bristo Place, 0131 473 2000, 26 Jul, 11pm, £10.