Peter Bacon reports:
This year’s Aberdeen Jazz Festival boasts 70 bands over eleven days at the end of March, with a wide range of styles, including a Blues weekend. Included is a homage to Ray Charles and a reprise of Miles Davis’ Birth Of The Cool while London’s new jazz scene is recognised with a visit from Camilla George. Also in the programme are a new Octet from Martin Kershaw and a new band from Paul Towndrow. And Laura Jurd will be playing with rising Scottish jazz star Fergus McCreadie. Heading north for the Festival will be Leeds-via-London collective Nubiyan Twist.
Here’s more from the Festival’s press release:
“To top off a thrilling programme, Jazz on the Green is back on Sunday 24th March after a show-stopping year in 2018. Thanks to the support of Aberdeen Inspired, Aberdeen’s City Centre will once again be ignited in a celebration of jazz, blues, funk, soul, R&B, swing, bop, vocals and big band, with free admission for all. Aberdeen Arts Centre hosts an afterparty with Back Chat Brass.
“The Festival is reaching new venues from pop-up performances in Union Square and Bon Accord, whilst singer, Mary May tours in Aberdeenshire to venues in Portsoy and Stonehaven, before playing in Aberdeen during the West End Jazz Trail. The trail adds the Shack and 21 Crimes in Vovem to the 2018 venues McGinty’s, Park Inn, Soul, and Glentanar Wee Bar. Whilst the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra play at Queen’s Cross Church, “La La Land” is at Belmont Filmhouse. Carmelite, Bistro Verdi and Molly’s join forces to present a Dinner Safari which offers one course in each venue with a different musical act.”
LINK: Aberdeen Jazz Festval website