Top 5 shows at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Featuring Lisa Mann, Edinburgh Festivall Carnival and Shayna Steele
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.
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.