Scottish Jazz & Blues Weekend: THE LEGENDS

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival presents
Scottish Jazz & Blues Weekend: THE LEGENDS
22 - 25 April 2021

Five incredible legends, five unmissable gigs!

This April, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival presents an online weekend of music dedicated to some of the all-time musical greats. The cream of Scottish jazz and blues pay tribute to their musical heroes in five unmissable gigs, each costing just £10, or you can watch all five for just £20! All gigs are available for seven days after broadcast.

Kicking off the weekend is Liz Jones with a tribute to Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, one of the greatest blues guitarists Britain ever produced. Performing early classic Fleetwood Mac tracks, Jones and her band, including guitarist John Bruce, tip their hats to a blues legend who sadly passed away last year. 

On Friday, saxophonist Harry Weir leads an exciting band including Graham Costello and Fergus McCreadie as they pay homage to American jazz legend Pharoah Sanders in a brand new show. A disciple of John Coltrane, Sanders is one of the founding fathers of spiritual jazz and his music is packed with fiery playing and intense energy, creating a powerful, bright and warm sound.

On Saturday, Colin Steele and Martin Kershaw present a tribute to two of the greats – Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Bird and Diz were two of jazz’s trailblazers and the founding fathers of bebop and there’s no one better to pay tribute to them than two central figures of the Scottish jazz scene - Steele and Kershaw.

Rounding off the weekend is a double header of great talent. On Sunday afternoon, Rachel Lightbody pays tribute to the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald.  Arguably the finest female vocalist of all time, Ella’s voice is warm and silky smooth and there’s no one better to pay tribute than Chicago born Lightbody who has been praised for the ‘fragile beauty’ of her voice.

The final concert of the weekend comes from Mario Caribe’s Boteco Trio, as they pay tribute to the great João Gilberto. The Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist is often described as the ‘father of bossa nova’ and the Boteco Trio are the perfect choice to honour this musical pioneer. 

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