Bumper Edition for 45th Jazz & Blues Festival

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is back for 2023, ready to present a bumper edition as we celebrate our 45th anniversary. Over ten days in July [14 to 23], we will present over 110 concerts, curated programmes, free events, and a jazz school. With a diverse and innovative programme showcasing the incredible music coming out of Scotland as well as some of the best international talent, the 2023 programme will entertain, excite, and stimulate with music ranging from 1920s traditional jazz to the here and now.

  • More than 110 events taking place across the city
  • 10 livestreamed and pre-recorded concerts
  • Mardi Gras – a celebration of music live from the Grassmarket
  • 20 concerts supported by the Scottish Government’s EXPO fund
  • Edinburgh Napier University Jazz Summer School

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No other festival covers jazz and blues, across all the styles, with such depth and quality, and with so many unique events. Tcha Limberger, Theon Cross, Popa Chubby and cover artist Lakecia Benjamin – just a few of the names within this year’s programme who are set to bring their unparalleled artistry to stages across the city.

We welcome back some familiar faces to the Edinburgh stage as names like Jools Holland, Ibibio Sound Machine, Hamish Stuart, and Pasadena Roof Orchestra make a welcome return to the city.

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This year’s international programme aims to open ears to the wider world of talent. At the heart of the programme is SPARK, which showcases the best in jazz from Norway with a programme curated by Øyvind Skjerven Larsen, Director of Oslo Jazz Festival. We look forward to welcoming Elephant9, ASQ, Mona Krogstad, Kristina Fransson and Liv Hauge to Edinburgh, plus a special collaboration between Arild Andersen, Thomas Strønen and Tommy Smith. EJBF will also continue the partnership with i-Jazz, welcoming four bands from Italy, and the programme also includes artists from Belgium, the USA and France, among others.

The Scottish Jazz EXPO artists are the beating heart of our programme, and feature an array of new and exciting bands, projects and commissions including Fergus McCreadie, Nicole Smit, Jed Potts, and Laura Macdonald. The EXPO series also gives voice to the new wave of Scottish jazz including Ali Watson, Chun-Wei Kang, and Escher.

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We are excited to be presenting New Orleans’ only female brass band – The Original Pinettes Brass Band. They join a host of other great female band leaders including American saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin who makes her festival debut and Eno Williams whose group Ibibio Sound Machine returns. They are joined by Liz Jones, Georgia Cecile, Nicole Smit, and Laura Macdonald, whilst saxophonist Sue McKenzie leads the Summer School.

We continue the success of our digital concerts with the EJBF23 ONLINE programme, hosted in the EJBF Digital Hub. Across the 10 days, online audiences can enjoy some of the UK’s finest jazz and blues artists from the comfort of home. The full programme will be announced on Monday 5 June.

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On top of the programme of concerts is the much-loved Mardi Gras. This free event brings non-stop entertainment and a party atmosphere to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket as a host of bands perform on multiple stages. The full line-up will be announced at the beginning of July.

The Edinburgh Festival Carnival, Scotland’s largest and most flamboyant multicultural event, returns to the city centre streets with over 1000 participants from across the globe and from the heart of Edinburgh. The Carnival programme will be released on Tuesday 20 June.

The festival presents Jazz for Kids, courtesy of Sue McKenzie as part of a programme of events covering every ward in the city, which sees American blues artist Michael Roach in Oxgangs, New Orleans all female brass band The Pinettes in Murrayfield, Scottish singer and violinist Seonaid Aitken in Granton and Scottish saxophonist Colin Steele in a concert in his hometown of Portobello.

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival runs from 14 to 23 July, and you can browse the full programme online HERE or download a brochure PDF HERE.

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