Venue: Tron Kirk
The singer with the big bright sound and warm heart invests real charm in the great American songbook.
Venue: Tron Kirk
Swinging, rat pack inspired tunes with a top class vocalist and his trio.
Venue: Palazzo Spiegeltent
The band that sets the standard for modern, bluesy Cajun music. From the bayous of South Louisiana, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, enjoy the revelry of a hot two-step, then turn on a dime and deliver an a cappella ballad, then play something that sounds like Howlin’ Wolf fell in lust with a Creole girl. This is the most Cajun music you can find in any one spot. Fiddle and accordion, infectious grooves and a foot-stomping five-piece band. This is the real thing!
Venue: Tron Kirk
Hamburg’s best hot jazz and swing quartet play 1920s, 30s and 40s classics.
Venue: 3 Bristo Place
A new super-group project for Mario Caribe - singing and playing double bass and guitar in a new Brazilian partnership with multi-instumentalist Gaio de Lima. Together with, Stuart Brown (drums and percussion) and David Milligan (piano) they play Brazilian and Scottish folk tunes. Light quick lines and great grooves merge into beautiful languid ballads as they change instruments from mandolin to cavaquinho, from drums to percussion, from double bass to guitar and piano telling different musical stories. Charming, thrilling, intoxicating music.
Venue: Queen's Hall
The Godfather of Funk and Soul and musical director of the James Brown Band during its heyday, Fred Wesley is Mr Funky. Trombonist of distinction, collaborator with the best, and sophisticated arranger, but when it comes to partying, no-one does it better. He always delivers a funky good time. Especially when he’s fronting his all star band, The JB’s. A steamy mix of jazz, R&B and hard driving funk grooves, or as Fred says "100% funky stuff for party people".
Venue: Festival Theatre
From the boom of the 50’s and 60s to today, the undisputed kings of traditional jazz in Britain have been Ball, Barber and Bilk - the "Three Bs". Kenny Ball passed away earlier this year, but his son has stepped in to lead the band, and enabled us to present the classic three band concert one more time. Each band plays one set. Chris Barber charts the music from its roots in New Orleans to some sophisticated Duke Ellington via rags and blues. Acker Bilk plays his red hot clarinet and, of course, “Stranger On The Shore”, while Keith Ball and Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen have a huge roster of hits to choose from: “Samantha” to “Midnight in Moscow”.
Venue: Dunfermline Abbey
A very rare performance of Ellington's wonderful "Sacred Music" set in the historic surrounds of Dunfermline Abbey.
Venue: The Jazz Bar
Really hot new band of the “next big talents” led by two Scots, saxophonist Leah Gough Cooper, and trumpeter, Kim Macari. Influenced by Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny and Brian Blade, their compositions are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and range from bop to contemporary acoustic fusion. With Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax), Sam Leak (piano), Tom Wheatley (bass), Jay Davis (drums).
Venue: Voodoo Rooms
An extraordinary fusion of World, Afrobeat, Hip-Hop, Folk and Reggae from Guinea-born singer / Kora player Sekou Kouyaté and folk/hip hop guitarist and rapper, Joe Driscoll. “A gloriously accessible collision of folk-soul-reggae and Guinean kora... throbbing riffs and furious workouts from the "Hendrix of the kora"... Driscoll [all] cool, rhythmic vocals and easy guitar work... inspired. It's an unlikely collaboration that works magnificently” (The Guardian).