Where to find best jazz & blues as festival returns

With a diverse and innovative program showcasing the incredible music coming out of Scotland as well as some of the best international talent, the 2022 program will entertain, excite, and stimulate with music ranging from 1920s traditional jazz to the here and now.

From Friday 15th – Sunday 24th July, the festival will feature:

– More than 130 events across the city

Top names and 130 concerts at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival from July 15th- 24th . Tickets on sale now

– 20 livestreamed and pre-recorded concerts, including an exclusive by SFJazz

– Mardi Gras – a celebration of music live from the Grassmarket

– 23 concerts supported by the Scottish Government’s EXPO fund

– Edinburgh Napier University Jazz Summer School

A diverse and innovative program showcasing the incredible music coming out of Scotland as well as some of the best international talent

No other festival covers jazz and blues, across all the styles, with such depth and quality, and so many unique events. John Scofield, Yazz Ahmed Mud Morganfield and cover artist Nubia Garcia are just a few of the names in this year’s programme, who are set to bring their unparalleled artistry to stages across the city.

Some sorely-missed festival friends will be back on the Edinburgh stage, such as Jools Holland, Curtis Stigers, Blind Boy Paxton and festival favorite Davina and the Vagabonds making a welcome return.

This year’s international program aims to open ears to the wider world of talent. At the heart of the program is SPARKa celebration of Italian jazz delivered in partnership with i-jazz and the Italian Institute. It features the artistry of Sade Mangiaracina, Francesco Zampiniinternational artist in residence Daniele Raymondi and many more. EJBF will also welcome artists from Belgium, including By Beren Gieren plus David Blenkerhorn from Australia.

regular festival soweto kinch brings a new programming voice to this year’s festival with HOLAa strand showcasing up-and-coming talent from the wider UK including Xhosa Cole, Blue Lab Beats, Rosie Frater Taylor and Scotland’s own Anoushka Nanguy.

Scottish jazz and new online addition

Scottish Jazz Expo artists are the beating heart of the program and feature an array of new and exciting bands, projects and commissions including Fergus McCreadie, Ali Affleck, Colin Steele and Martin Kershaw. The EXPO series also gives voice to the new wave of Scottish jazz including Richard Glassby, Kitty, Conor Smith and matthew kilner.

A new addition to this year’s festival is the EJBF22 ONLINE programhosted in the brand-new EJBF Digital Hub. Across the 10 days, online audiences can watch from the comfort of home.

Free Mardi Gras and carnival

On top of the program of concerts is the welcome return of the free Mardi Graswhich brings a party atmosphere as bands perform on multiple stages.

the Edinburgh Festival CarnivalScotland’s largest and most flamboyant multicultural event, returns to the city center streets with over 1,000 participants from across the globe.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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