Top 5 shows at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Featuring Lisa Mann, Edinburgh Festivall Carnival and Shayna Steele

Top 5 shows at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Lisa Mann / credit: Bob Collins

Lisa Mann
Portland’s guitar blues woman, and winner of the best bassist two years running at the Blues Music Awards, has just released Hard Times, Bad Decisions. Picking up the bass at the age of 11 was clearly the best move she ever made.
City Art Centre, Market Street, 15 Jul, 7.30pm, £12.

Edinburgh Festival Carnival
More than 700 performers will be lining the streets for this year’s carnival including a variety of talent from South Africa, China, Portugal and the Netherlands, plus several acts from Scotland. As if all that wasn’t enough, there’ll also be giant puppets
The Mound, Princes Street, Grassmarket, 17 Jul, 2.30pm, free.

Magnus Ostrom Band
An integral part of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (EST) until the band leader’s tragic death in 2008, Magnus Öström has taken his drumming talents on to form his own electrifying band. Latest evidence of his group’s success is the soaraway collection Parachute which fuses rock and jazz with distinct hints of prog.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 17 Jul, 8pm, £18.50–£22.50.

Jan Garbarek Group
The Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist brings his band to Scotland for their fi rst gig together in over a decade. Coming along for what should be a memorable festival ride is the Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu whose work in jazz fusion is renowned.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 20 Jul, 8pm, £22.50–£37.50.

Shayna Steele
Sacramento-born, Ramstein and Mississippi-raised Steele’s vocals have been heard on everything from the Hairspray soundtrack to Moby albums. Her own latest release, Rise, effortlessly spans R’n’B, soul and jazz.
Spiegeltent, St Andrew Square, 22 Jul, 10pm, £16.50.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, various venues, 15–24 Jul.

Magnus Öström Band

Former EST drummer Magnus Öström is now a major player in European Jazz in his own right. His band is one of the most distinctive and invigorating on the current scene - an intoxicating mix of jazz, brooding post-rock and electronica, and sweeping cinematic soundscapes. It makes you realise how much Öström was central to…

Shayna Steele

Steele’s powerhouse vocals have backed up Bette Midler, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and many, many more, and she’s been a featured vocalist on Snarky Puppy’s “Family Dinner”. Sensuous, dreamlike, soft, reflective, powerful and hard rocking, testifying to the glory of the Lord - all of these descriptions apply…

Jan Garbarek Group ft. Trilok Gurtu

The Norwegian saxophonist and composer is perhaps the best known European Jazz musician of the last fifty years. His haunting sound has been a signature of the leading European record label, ECM, for that entire period, famously with his own groups; playing with Keith Jarrett, Ralph Towner and Zakir Hussain; and with the…

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Sunday 17th July - FREE thanks to Edinburgh City Council The Mound, Princess Street, Grassmarket 2.30pm – Parade from The Mound to the West End of Princess Street 2.30-5pm – Performances in Princess Street, Princess Street Gardens, Grassmarket (See website for final schedule in July) The Festival Carnival has become a…

Lisa Mann

Blues singer and bass player from Portland,Oregon. She’s got one of the best voices in the blues, deep rooted in Koko Taylor, Etta James, and Bonnie Raitt. It’s a voice that’s steeped in the authenticity and conviction of what she’s singing about, and belies her image – it’s big, dark and soulful. This is Lisa’s first UK…


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