Sing Sing Sing

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is swinging into 2024 with a weekend celebrating the great voices and great songs that have shaped jazz and blues.

Taking place from 16-18 February, Sing, Sing, Sing celebrates vocal mastery from the early days of the music to the here and now. We celebrate legends of the music as well as welcoming the rising stars on the Scottish scene. From funky nights to swinging afternoons, outstanding soloists to uplifting choirs – there’s something for you, no matter what your musical taste! 

Amongst the highlights

An unmissable concert for funk, soul and R&B fans. Scottish jazz-funk guitarist Aki Remally is joined by a great band featuring long time collaborators Rob Harrison (keys), Tom Wilkinson (bass), Jamie Graham (drums) and Johnny White (tenor sax). Together they bring a mixed bag of soul, funk, jazz and everything in between to your Friday night.  

After a sell-out concert at EJBF23, saxophonist Laura Macdonald returns with Celebrating Burt Bacharach. Combining jazz, rock, pop and rock with Brazilian music, his songs are known across the world. Rising star singer Laura Oghagbon joins the band to pay tribute to a legend of the music world featuring much-loved tunes like Catch a Falling Star, A House is Not a Home and Alfie. 

Glaswegian singer/songwriter kitti is a name on the rise. Her soulful, smoky vocals and unique lyrics demand attention and make it easy to see why fans are making comparisons to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys. For this special set, kitti will celebrate American jazz singer Blossom Dearie with a collection of carefully selected songs from writers that Blossom loved to work with such as Bob Dorough & Dave Frishberg.

Join Scotland’s top trio of close-harmony singers as The Vintage Girls take a step back in time to the Golden Age of Jazz. Backed by their band, they present a show packed with charisma and classic tunes.  Closing the weekend, vivacious singer Ali Affleck serves up irresistible New Orleans musical magic. A sensational performer, hugely knowledgeable about early jazz and blues, Ali sings music straight from the red-hot roots of jazz.

Jed Potts and Nicole Smit always wow with powerful performances drenched in the blues. With exceptional knowledge of history of the music, they trade lead vocal duties, sing harmony, and see where the music takes them. Opening the afternoon, Liz Jones mixes blues, Americana, folk and jazzy roots music providing the perfect backdrop for her powerful smoky vocals and compelling guitar.

Edinburgh-based Phoenix Choir are an upbeat soul and gospel sensation! With a range of music from old-school gospel to soul, R&B, Motown, neo-soul, and contemporary tunes – expect an uplifting set of songs which kick a groove and pack a punch.  The afternoon kicks off with short set from St Bride’s community choir, Linten Adie, whose repertoire covers traditional and contemporary Scottish songs, with a few surprises thrown in. 

Sing Sing Sing takes place  from 16 to18 February 2024, with the dates for the full Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival set for 12 to 21 July 2024.

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