Celebrating its 42nd anniversary year in 2020, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is a 10-day event featuring over 150 gigs across a range of venues, including the Jazz Bar, Festival Theatre and the famous George Square Spiegeltent.

Offering a snapshot of the Scottish jazz and blues scenes, the festival also showcases a glittering of internationally acclaimed musicians and performers. 2019 saw big names perform alongside festival favourites including: Jools Hollands, Davina and the Vagabonds, Hamish McGregor, Rumba de Bodas, Red Stripe Band, Soweto Kinch, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Tim Elliot, and many more. 

Fresh homegrown talent was also on display with exciting acts incuding AKU, Mark Hendry, Matt Carmichael, Bernadette Kellerman, Liam Shortall, Jed Potts, Georgia Cecile, Fergus McCreadie, STRATA, and Nicole Smit making an appearance. 

The 2019 programme is coming soon, and is sure to be another incredible event packed with the very best music from at home and abroad.

 

Earl Thomas after a triumphant show at @edinburgh_jazz yesterday!

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History

The festival is the brainchild of Edinburgh guitarist and banjo player Mike Hart, who launched the first one in 1978. Originally, the festival featured traditional jazz performances played in Edinburgh’s pubs, and it slowly evolved to feature a more diverse range of styles, including the introduction of blues.

The free Mardi Gras and Carnival events have given the festival even wider appeal, and although the festival now attracts major international jazz names from all over the world, it remains true to its on-going commitment to supporting Scottish acts.

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