24 Jun 2017
A 1954 recording session resulted in five musicians, including Horace Silver, forming a co-operative called The Jazz Messengers.
23 Jun 2017
Scotland’s King of Swing was just one of Tommy Sampson’s accolades. Originally a cornetist with the Salvation Army he developed a talent for arranging and from 1947 his orchestra was the UK’s standard bearer.
22 Jun 2017
With his beret and goatee Dizzy Gillespie became the symbol of bebop, the music he helped to create in the mid-1940s, and redefined the language of big bands and small groups alike.
21 Jun 2017
Both our Summer School courses run in conjunction with Edinburgh Napier University are now sold out.
20 Jun 2017
The jazz musician’s jazz musician, pianist Tadd Dameron’s associations made him the natural link between the swing and bop eras.
20 Jun 2017
We have a very rare show in this year’s Festival. The only UK date by “The Blind Boys of Alabama”. This iconic group has been singing gospel music for seven decades and amazingly is still fronted by Jimmy Carter, who has been there since the start in the 1940’s.
16 Jun 2017
If compositions such as “‘Round Midnight” and “Straight No Chaser” continue to nourish and enrich the jazz canon, those who have adopted Monk’s idiosyncratic, economic and percussive piano style are relatively few.