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Tommy Smith to play solo concert at St Giles

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Saxophonist Tommy Smith realises a long-held ambition when he plays a solo concert in St Giles’ Cathedral on Saturday 17 July.Growing up in Wester Hailes Smith was aware of St Giles’ imposing stature from...

Playtime jazz hosts transatlantic sessions from Friday

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Musicians from as far away as New York and Massachusetts are taking part in the latest series of online concerts staged by Edinburgh jazz collective Playtime.With Covid-19 restrictions putting a halt to streaming from...

Jazz goes the Weasel

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Edinburgh pianist Brian Kellock spearheads the UK launch on 30 October 2020 of New Zealand-based Thick Records, the jazz label run by Scottish drummer John Rae from his new home in Wellington.The initial release...

Playtime announces new live-stream jazz series

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Edinburgh’s Playtime collective this Thursday begins a new programme of live-streamed jazz concerts which will run throughout September and into October.Following an experimental series of streams that included various members of the core Playtime...

Tommy Smith receives his OBE from The Queen

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Tommy Smith the internationally renowned Jazz saxophonist was invested with his OBE by Her Majesty the Queen at Holyrood earlier in the week. He received the honour as Head of Jazz at the Royal...

Adrian Cox presents Profoundly Blue at the Jazz Bar

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Profoundly Blue has already received rave reviews and the show has been performed in front of sell-out audiences, including at Ronnie Scott’s. This informed show celebrates the life and music of Louisiana-born clarinettist, Edmond Hall,...

Quartet puts new focus on Jazz at St James

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The reigning Scottish Jazz Awards Instrumentalist of the Year, Konrad Wiszniewski brings the group he co-leads with pianist Euan Stevenson to the Jazz at St James concert series in Leith on Saturday, 14th April.Cumbernauld-born Wiszniewski, who is...

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra presents Tommy Smith’s ‘Spirit of Light’

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On Sunday 17 December 2017 St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral will host an iconic event when the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) presents Tommy Smith’s new composition Spirit of Light.This illuminating work is a celebration in...

THE LOVE BOAT BIG BAND: 20 YEARS ON THE HIGH CS

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ALL-STAR LOCAL LEGENDS STEAM INTO PORT FOR 20TH BIRTHDAY CRUISE & EDINBURGH JAZZ FESTIVAL DEBUT!With very special guests THE BEVVY SISTERSEMBARKATION 10PM, JULY 21, THE SPIEGELTENT, GEORGE SQUAREONBOARD DRESS CODE – NAUTICAL / FANCY“This...

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016 (and why you might plan to go next year)

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‘Two of these musicians are Jazz Festival virgins…’ And they aren’t the only ones…  I had never even been to Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, never mind its annual whisky-fuelled festival. And now here...

The Jazz Legacy of Charles Mingus at The Queen’s Hall

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The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) directed by Tommy Smith will present The Jazz Legacy of Charles Mingus with special guest Arild Andersen on Friday 23rd September 2016 at 7.30p.m. Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. (Pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm) Arild Andersen is...

Music : Lucy Mae & Luc Phan at Leith Depot

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Leith - once that den of iniquity and trainspotters - has become cool; these days a saunter down the Walk is more likely to reveal macchiato-sipping hipsters than hooligans and hard drinkers, and the bars...

At the Traverse Theatre – Philip Clouts Jazz Quartet

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Pianist Philip Clouts’ quartet plays the Traverse Theatre on Monday 26 October 2015 as part of a UK tour to mark the release of a new album, Umoya, one of the first releases on the new...

Colin Steele Quintet: Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio

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Trumpeter Colin Steele is one of the leading names in Scottish jazz. An Edinburgh resident, he is a regular name at many of the city’s jazz venues. His career encompasses a wide range of...

Friday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (12A): the Oscar-winning Classic set in a private girls' school in Edinburgh, where Maggie Smith's headstrong teacher ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable young charges - her...

What’s On In Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 29TH DECEMBER 2014The Case of the Curious Clock. The clock did not strike. Midnight was not marked. The New Year did not arrive. Join textile artist Sarah Reay and storyteller Allison Galbraith in...

Celebrating Jaco: The Music of Jaco Pastorius – SNJO at The Queen’s Hall

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The name of Jaco Pastorius is legendary in the jazz world; one of the few musicians who can be recognised by their first name alone.  Pastorius was a musical genius who effectively reinvented the...

Sunday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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  Down at the Farm in Gorgie: Storyteller Rosie Mappleback shares some animal tales amidst the cows, sheep, pigs and ducks. Suitable for all ages. 11.30am-12 noon or 1.30-2pm, Gorgie City Farm, 51 Gorgie Road. Free - donations welcome! Part...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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 MONDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2014Metals and Marble: an exhibition of contemporary metal and marble sculpture by Chris Muirhead and Simon Burns-Cox, displayed in the gallery with its 17th century Renaissance hand-painted ceiling. 9am-6pm today and everyday until 25th October 2014, Gladstone's...

Friday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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Coburg House's World's Biggest Coffee Morning: Coburg Studios' resident talents present an array of cakes as diverse as their artwork. Homegrown favourites - and Chinese steamed buns! 10am-2pm, Coburg House Gallery, 15 Coburg Street, Leith. In aid...

Wednesday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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Sounds of Jazz: Interplay - guitarist Lachlan MacColl and guest.  Lachlan is known in Edinburgh as 'the jazz musician's jazz guitarist'  and plays a wide range of styles from Swing and Latin to BeBop; he has also...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2014LGBT Spiritual Space: Conflicts of Sexuality and Faith. Explore conflicts that exist within these two aspects of identity; Maxwell Reay, NHS Mental Health Community Chaplain, offers a supportive space for LGBT...

Sunday in Edinburgh – what’s on today

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Art Maker: join the Art Maker Club and make your own masterpiece with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser.  For ages4-12.  2-4pm (drop-in), Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. No booking required. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland.Riding...

What’s on in Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2014Blackwell's Edinburgh presents The Monthly Book Quiz: if you know your Waugh from your Peace and your Meyer from your Heyer, try this monthly quiz.  Teams of up to five can...

First Time Solo: Iain Maloney launches debut novel

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 How does a thirty-something Scotsman living in Japan end up writing a book set in Torquay?That was the question put to Iain Maloney at the launch of his debut novel First Time Solo at...

Jazz Festival tickets now on sale

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The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has announced its programme of events for 2014. Tickets are now on sale for all 140 events at 13 venues over 10 days. The biggest Festival of its kind...

Holyrood offer support to Scottish jazz musicians

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Cash to help musicians forge European linksThe Scottish Government is supporting some of Scotland’s most talented musicians to develop links with European music festivals. The government has awarded £155,000 towards the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues...

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival starts tomorrow

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The Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans blew the first notes of the  Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival today at Le Monde on George Street. Dressed in kilts by Howie Nicolsby of 21st Century Kilts...

Edinburgh musician shortlisted for Scottish Album Of The Year

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Edinburgh born saxophone maestro Tommy Smith has made the shortlist for the inaugural Scottish Album Of The Year awards (SAY).Karma, which was released last May, has received widespread critical acclaim and made the final...

Music review: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Caves (****)

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Sunday might be a day of rest for some, but not for the eight brothers from Chicago who stormed the stage in Edinburgh’s Caves with a rough, tough, high-energy performance. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble...

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