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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2024

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2024

On Now 12 - 21 Jul 2024 Visit festival website

For 45 years, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has provided a platform to showcase the very best jazz and blues artists that the world has to offer. Held over 10 days and with over 130 performances a year the festival is one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe, creating moving and memorable experiences for both residents of the city and visitors from around the globe.

The festival was the brainchild of Edinburgh guitarist and banjo player Mike Hart, who launched the first one in 1978. Originally, the festival featured traditional jazz performances played in Edinburgh’s pubs, and it slowly evolved to feature a more diverse range of styles, including funk and hip-hop. The festival attracts major international jazz names from all over the world, as well as from the burgeoning Scottish contemporary jazz scene - and the free Mardi Gras and Carnival events that take place during the opening weekend of the festival provide that real feel-good factor that every jazz festival hopes for.

What makes it special?

  • The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is hosted at some of the very best venues throughout Edinburgh from the grandest concert halls to hip jazz clubs, with each venue matching the vibe of the music.
  • Be the first to hear unique Scottish and International collaborations that can only be experienced in Edinburgh and enjoy new musicians making their festival debuts.
  • The festival has over 130 gigs to choose from ranging from the very earliest and classic tones of jazz to current and up-and-coming musicians, plus a diverse range of blues music from delta blues to electronic blues.
Jazz - Fiona Alexander on Calton Hill

Founded in 1978, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is now one of the largest and most respected jazz and blues festivals in Europe - shaped by the city with 130 concerts taking place in theatres, parks and clubs in the city and a programme that spans the entire history of the music from ragtime to modern jazz to Chicago blues and beyond.

Fiona Alexander, Festival Producer

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