Big names feature in early treat for fans of Jazz and Blues Festival

Fans of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival have been given an early treat, with the advance release of tickets for two of their big-name events. Jazz icon George Benson will perform at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre, while boogie-woogie master Jools Holland (with special guest Marc Almond) plays the same venue one night earlier.

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The Jazz and Blues Festival (17-26 July 2015) is now in its 37th year, and will feature over 150 concerts - the programme is set to be announced on Monday 20 April [update 20/4/15 - details of 40 more acts now announced], and the brochure available from the end of that month.

Tickets for the two gigs announced early can be purchased now at www.edinburghjazzfestival.com, or at the Festival Theatre itself, in person or on 0131 549 6000.

George Benson's appearance is his first at the EJBF, in a career which crossed 5 decades and includes over 30 albums. As well as his solo work, he successfully worked with the likes of Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder, and Edinburgh audiences are sure to savour his performance in July.

Jools Holland (with of course his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) has held sold out performances at EJBF for three years in a row, dazzling audiences time and again. This year is likely to be no exception, particularly with the guest appearance of Soft Cell singer Marc Almond.

While the rest of EJB's programme is yet to be confirmed, two family favourites will be returning yet again, in the shape of the fabulous Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket on 18 July, and the spectacular Edinburgh Festival Carnival the following day - costume, colour, dancing and fantastic music will make these free events a must that weekend!

Find out more about Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival at www.edinburghjazzfestival.com

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