10 Jazz & Blues Festival Trailers To Whet Your Appetite

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To whet your appetite for the 2021 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - 16th to 25th July - here's trailers from ten of the amzing artists taking part this year. Book tickets and browse the full programme HERE.

  1. Blues Afternoon [17th Jyly at 12.00 GMT] Recreating the formula of the much loved Blues Afternoons, EJBF21 presents a triple bill of blues bands. New band Kultura mix blues with a little jazz. Always upbeat, always high-energy, Edinburgh blues star, harmonica and singer, Dana Dixon delivers simmering ballads to storming rockers all based around her love of Chicago blues. “Scotland’s latest sensation” (Blues Matters), Redfish close the set with a blistering mix of blues, roots, jazz and soul.


  2. Luca Manning [18 July at 18.00 GMT] Luca’s star continues to rise with wide critical acclaim – he’s now a major force in UK jazz and a consummate jazz singer. This exciting world premiere will feature Luca alongside some of the artists he loves to work with from old time friends and collaborators as well as newfound kindred spirits, resulting in what promises to be a world premiere performance 


  3. Tenement Jazz Band [19th July at 12.00 GMT] Reviving traditional New Orleans jazz in Scotland, Tenement have been winning fans with their raw energy and excitement. For EJBF21 they pay tribute to the charismatic New Orleans trumpeter, Bunk Johnston - playing his 1947 album, and final recording, 'The Last Testament of a Great New Orleans Jazz Man'. 


  4. Seoniad Aitken [19th July at 18.00 GMT] She is the leading light of Rose Room and has been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, National Theatre of Scotland. Now, Seonaid Aitken has formed a new super group and for this EJBF commission records at Stockbridge Church, presenting new music fusing folk, jazz and classical. 


  5. Fergus McCreadie Trio [20th July at 19.00 GMT] Acclaimed pianist, Fergus McCreadie’s engrosses audiences with his passion for music, combining spontaneous jazz and folkloric influences. For EJBF21 he is joined by Edition records stablemate, the Grammy winning saxophonist Tim Garland who packs lyricism and power in equal measure.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk3QMnFB44I

  6. Davina & The Vagabonds [21st July at 18.00 GMT] An EJBF institution. Davina made her debut in 2014 delivering her trademark rollicking blues, boogie and swing and has been building a devoted following ever since. Playing the festival every year, she has come to love Edinburgh and has put together a special concert for EJBF audiences, recorded at the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrzFnSN-Xkk

  7. Nicole Smith/Grainne Duffy [21st July at 19.00 GMT] Two young blues players who are taking the world by storm, come together for the first time showcasing their musical prowess. Singer Nicole Smit has wowed Edinburgh audiences with her uplifting and inspirational performances drenched in the history of the blues. Grainne Duffy blends blues soul, rock and Celtic influences into emotionally supercharged performances. Together they present a set combining original material (some commissioned especially for EJBF 2021) from both artists with fresh covers, backed by some of Edinburgh's up and coming musicians.


  8. Jon Green Sextet [22nd July at 18.00 GMT] American trumpeter Jon Green’s music is a beguiling new sound on the Scottish jazz scene. His latest recording, ‘Nina Fairouz in the 21st Century!’ is a poetic mix of jazz, American folk music, and electronica. His music is very much of the moment - played by an all-star group featuring Paul Harrison on piano, Kevin MacKenzie on guitar, Mario Caribé on bass, Tom Bancroft on drums and Martin Kershaw on saxophone.

  9. Graham Costello [24th July at 19.00 GMT] One of Scotland’s top drummers and the leader of STRATA, one of the hottest bands of the last few years, Graham Costello has been described as one of the most compelling innovators in the UK (The List). Now with a new band he delivers genre bending music with heavy harmonies, shifting rhythms and lots of energy. He is joined by one of the UK’s top bassists, Mandy Clarke (Bombskare and KT Tunstall) with Christos Stylianides on trumpet and Kevin Cahill on guitar. 


  10. Georgia Cecile [25th July at 18.00 GMT] Fast becoming one of Scotland’s most exciting and engaging singers Georgia is surely one to watch. This special concert will showcase a set of exquisitely crafted original songs from Georgia Cécile's much-anticipated forthcoming debut album ‘Only The Lover Sings’. Fusing classic jazz and soul influences reminiscent of Duke Ellington and Nancy Wilson with a contemporary cinematic edge in the vein of Gregory Porter and Melody Gardot.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y7fiicpopc

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