Eight Highlights at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
- Brian Donaldson
- 9 July 2015
This article is from 2015.
The best bits at the Jazz Festival from Chet to Duke
Frank Sinatra centenary
On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Frank Sinatra is given the red carpet treatment by the Edinburgh jazz community.
BBC Big Band Sinatra Centenary Concert, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 17 Jul, 8pm, £24.50–£37.50; Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, Spiegeltent, George Square, 26 Jul, 8pm, £15.
In this gig, Marc Almond's centre stage with Jools Holland, who had him on his 2005 Hootenanny singing the rather appropriate 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye'. Other vocal talents on show are Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Mabel Ray.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 25 Jul, 7.30pm, £36–£52.50.
Songhoy Blues were born out of conflict and exile. As they head back to these shores, we sing the praises of this powerful and rhythmic group.
Spiegeltent, St Andrew Square, 22 Jul, 7.30pm, £18
Tommy Smith's Karma
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra leader comes back home to Edinburgh with Kevin Glasgow on bass and the rest of the Karma crew which he has dubbed his ‘grunge band’.
Festival Theatre Studio, Nicolson Street, 18 Jul, 5.30pm, £15.
Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
Ever since his 2007 debut, Prelude … to Cora, this Californian trumpeter has been tipped for very big things. With a Thelonious Monk International Jazz award under his belt and five-star reviews for his most recent Blue Note collection, The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint, his star is going nowhere else but up the way.
Spiegeltent, George Square, 18 Jul, 8.30pm, £16.
With Colin Steele on trumpet, Euan Stevenson on piano and Iain Ewing providing the vocals, this afternoon tribute to the man once described as ‘James Dean, Sinatra and Bix, rolled into one’ will be a treat for the hardcore fans and an intriguing show for those wanting to know what the fuss was about.
Tron Kirk, High Street, 21 Jul, 1.30pm, £8.
Few female vocalists can afford proper respect to Duke Ellington’s timeless songs while also giving them her own spin quite like King. She’s back again with more interpretations of numbers such as ‘Solitude,’ ‘Sophisticated Lady’ and ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’.
Spiegeltent, George Square, 25 Jul, 9pm, £15.
From jazz guitar to hit pop singles and a crateload of Grammys, Benson is one of the smoothest jazzers in existence. Hard to believe that this is his Edinburgh Jazz Festival debut, but it’s one he and his followers are unlikely to forget.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 26 Jul, 7.30pm, £47.50--£77.50.
For tickets, call 0131 473 2000.