Calling all foodies: “You say tomato, I say tomahto….”
Jazz and food have a long standing connection from “Tea for Two: from the 1925 musical “No, No, Nanette” via George and Ira Gershwin’s 1937 classic from "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off” to 2018’s Aberdeen Jazz Festival.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday 11 March, the Festival offers A Dinner Jazz Evening at Carmelite Hotel with the delightful singer, Lorna Reid and her Trio. The two-course menu which features braised turkey steaks or gnocchi with chargrilled squash for the main course and a triple chocolate gateau and coffee to follow is the perfect complement for Lorna’s cool and classy, seductive vocals.
On Tuesday 13 March, the Festival hosts a Jazz Dinner Safari, the first in Scotland, taking place across three acclaimed restaurants in the Merchant Quarter – Carmelite, Molly’s Bistro and Musa – the audiences each one course in each restaurant with music from a different band in each place. Menu choices include salmon three ways, Aberdeen Angus Popeseye Steak, Tonka Bean Pana Cotta, rhubarb and ginger crumble. The musical accompaniment comes from guitar duo, Los Acousticos Bandidos or singers Melodie Fraser and Mary May.
“Tea for Two” could be the title for Saturday 17 March’s Intoxication High Tea at Carmelite. The Vintage Girls bring some Hollywood glamour to the proceedings with their close harmony singing washed down by a glass of fizz and a cocktail accompanying the high tea.
Closing the Festival the West End Jazz Trail offers lunch packages on Sunday 18 March in McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, Park Inn by Radisson and Soul before three hours of music across five different venues. The bands range from a 18 year old sax wunderkind, to interpretations of Cole Porter tunes to some foot stomping traditional jazz.