Jazz Festival announces huge 2016 programme

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After last year's rip-roaringly successful summer, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is back with full details of their programme for July 2016, featuring over 170 concerts in just 10 days. There'll be big names, a European strand, new and established acts from across the world, the new Festival Residencies and a new festival venue.

Diversity is a keyword for this year's festival with a huge range of artists from across the globe, bringing the coolest, most soulful sounds around to the Scottish capital. And whether you're a jazz connoisseur, an interested newcomer or somewhere in the middle, the Festival says that there's something for everyone to enjoy. 

Brian Fallon, Chair of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, said:

This year’s programme boasts a stellar international line-up with musicians converging on Edinburgh from all over the world

Last year's festival saw attendances of over 67,000 people, making Edinburgh's one of Europe's top 10 jazz festivals. And to build on that success even further, the 38th Festival will feature a range of big names, many of whom have been revealed in the last few months - they include Jools Holland (with guests Pauline and Gaps from The Selecter), the Average White Band (joined by The James Taylor Quartet), Jan Garbarek, John McLaughlin and Curtis Stigers

In Garbarek and McLaughlin, the Festival has the headline acts for its new Europe Jazz Summit strand, featuring a strong programme of artists from across the continent. More than 30 concerts, featuring established names and exciting newcomers, from Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden. 

Artists taking part in the Summit include Magnus Öström, Marcin Wasilewski, The Bratislava Hot Serenaders, Furio di Castri, Reinier Baas, Viktoria Gecyte, Mop Mop and French singer, Cyrille Aimée. Additionally, Napier University will host Continental Drift, a conference on the last 50 years of European Jazz. 

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As always, the Festival has a strong commitment to discovering and showcasing new talent, and festival first-timers this summer include New York's sensational young drummer and singer, Bryan Carter, Danish vocalist Mads Mathias, Tokyo Django Collective, Norway's Pixel, Dayme Arocena from Cuba, bluesman Lucky Peterson and many more. 

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, said:

The 2016 programme spans a huge range of styles and specialisms, from established stars to new names and everything in-between

Scottish talent is well represented too, with favourites like Brian Kellock working artists like Ken Peplowski of New York, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra leader Tommy Smith and saxophonist Alan Barnes. Other top Scots acts include Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, Paul Harrison's Sugar Work, Brian Molley and Fergus McCreadie

A new feature for 2016 is Festival Residencies, a collection of artists playing multiple gigs across the duration. Festival fans will be delighted to hear that Davina and the Vagabonds will play for all 10 nights, and there'll also be multiple shows from The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band, The Bratislava Hot Serenaders, Mr Sipp, Rumba de Bodas and others.

To deliver the mammoth programme of events, the Jazz & Blues Festival is also making use of a new venue, the City Art Centre, where the top floor will be transformed into "a jazz club loft scene". The new location joins with established venues such as the Spiegeltents in St Andrew Square and George Square, the Queen’s Hall, the Festival Theatre Studio, the Jazz Bar and Heriots Rugby Club. 

Councillor Lewis added: 

[The City Art Centre] will be a stunning location and it’s fantastic to see that over half of this summer’s festival programme will take place in venues specially assembled for the occasion.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival runs from 15-24 July and tickets for all events are on sale. Find out more about the Festival, including links to programme and ticketing details.

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