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Start 21 Mar
End 31 Mar
Aberdeen Jazz Festival

Aberdeen Jazz Festival

In 2019 you can expect cutting edge, vintage, swing, fusion and every other style of Jazz you can think of. There’s also acoustic and electric Blues, soul, R’n’B, hip hop, Big Band, world music, and all manner of derivatives that create a festival of national and international importance, while focusing on creating special occasions for people to enjoy.

Location: Various, Aberdeen

Start 21 Mar 19:30
Aberdeen Blues Weekend Gala Concert with Maggie Bell and Bernie Marsden

Aberdeen Blues Weekend Gala Concert with Maggie Bell and Bernie Marsden

To launch the first ever, Aberdeen Blues Festival we have a special programme from one of Scotland’s all-time blues greats, Maggie Bell, plus ex-Whitesnake guitar hero, Bernie Marsden.

Scottish soul-rock singer Maggie Bell first gained prominence singing with Stone the Crows and her raunchy rock-blues vocals have earned her the title of the Queen of Scottish blues, she is joined by Sandy Tweeddale band.

From founding Whitesnake to working with Joe Bonamassa, Bernie Marsden has been playing the blues for over 40 years from delta-soul steel to the fast-paced blues rock, He is joined by John Bruce Band.

Location: The Music Hall

Cost: £20

Start 21 Mar 20:00
Nubiyan Twist

Nubiyan Twist

The UK’s leading Afrobeat purveyors make their Aberdeen debut. With an epic 10 piece live show including a bold brass section, Nubiyan Twist are an incendiary live act that blends afrobeat, neo-soul, hip-hop and jazz with seamless virtuosity, drawing on myriad influences ranging from Erykah Badu to Fela Kuti and Nat King Cole. Their performances are moving and unforgettable experiences that push the boundaries of genre and technical prowess.

After rocking the stages of summer festivals across the UK (Wilderness, Boomtown, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival to name a few), they bring their explosive live show to Aberdeen.

Location: The Lemon Tree

Cost: £12.50; £10 concession

Start 21 Mar 20:00
Jazz at the Blue Lamp: New Focus Quartet

Jazz at the Blue Lamp: New Focus Quartet

Stan Getz made one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time when he teamed up with composer, Eddie Sauter, to improvise with a rhythm section and strings on the album "Focus".

Sauter's rhythmically and harmonically exciting masterpiece is sometimes overlooked, the great sax player and Blue Lamp favourite, Konrad Wiszniewski, and pianist, Euan Stevenson, launched their New Focus group by recreating the original music, and then presenting their own take on the Saxophone and Strings format.

Their first album, simply titled New Focus, was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year award in 2012 and they have since released a follow-up, New Focus on Song, which reflected their engagement with both pop and folk music. As well as appearing at Glasgow and Edinburgh jazz festivals, they have also played at a number of other prestigious events, including BBC Radio 3’s 70th Birthday celebrations at the South Bank in London in 2016, in a concert that was broadcast live.

Presented in association with Jazz At The Blue Lamp.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £13.50

Start 21 Mar 20:00
Georgia Cecile and Joe Williamson

Georgia Cecile and Joe Williamson

The next big thing in Scottish jazz vocals, the classy singer hits the spot when it comes to Broadway songs, beautiful ballads, swinging jazz, and a host of modern pop tunes she has re-invented for this intimate jazz setting. With 2018 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, Guitarist Joe Williamson.

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £12

Start 22 Mar 19:30
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Norse Myths ft. Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith, Paolo Vinaccia.

The debut performance of a new suite of music celebrating a compelling mix of Nordic jazz, Scottish folk elements and the per-eminent talents of bassist Arild Andersen; drummer percussionist Paolo Vinaccia and Tommy Smith. Inspired by the sagas of Thor, Odin, Valhalla the acclaimed orchestra will deliver a set of compelling and dramatic jazz stories.

"A contemporary big-band triumph in its inspired arrangements, sensitive execution and transfixing solo improvisations… agile on the uptempo music and sensuous on a meditation, tone-poem atmospherics so widely associated with the ECM label" (The Guardian on Arild Andersen with SNJO).

Location: Queen's Cross Church

Cost: £17.50

Start 22 Mar 20:00
Georgia Cecile and Euan Stevenson

Georgia Cecile and Euan Stevenson

The next big thing in Scottish jazz vocals, the classy singer hits the spot when it comes to Broadway songs, beautiful ballads, swinging jazz, and a host of modern pop tunes she has re-invented for this intimate jazz setting. With Euan Stevenson, piano, she has also written new songs that already sound like classics.

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £12

Start 22 Mar 20:00
The Red Hot Rhythm Makers

The Red Hot Rhythm Makers

Destined to be a Festival hit, this all-female traditional jazz supergroup make their Aberdeen debut playing fun, accessible New Orleans and Mississippi jazz and blues.

Their repertoire consists of old American prohibition era folk, hot roots jazz, pre-electric blues, hokum and rather large nods to their Scottish heritage. The band features Ali Affleck on washboard and vocals, Ali Tod on guitar and vocals, Danielle Price on tuba and vocals, Kassandra E’Silva on reeds and vocals, Sarah Findlay on trumpet and vocals and Alex Stewart on trombone and vocals.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £12.50

Start 22 Mar 20:00
Kenny Neal Band with the Tim Elliot Acoustic Trio

Kenny Neal Band with the Tim Elliot Acoustic Trio

Kenny Neal is the real deal, a New Orleans native, he was taught to play the blues by his father at an early age and his performances prove that the blues is definitely in his blood. He is known as a modern swamp-blues payer with a style steeped in all the the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana. They infuse their own style to Delta blues from Mississippi, funk and soul from New Orleans, and Cajun sounds from southwest Louisiana.

His band recall the musicianship of the Neville Brothers and his musicianship on guitar, harmonica and lap-steel as well as soulful, impassioned vocals is sure to impress. He has spent his life in music, honing his unique style and is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and a multi-award winning talent.

And there’s more! Tim Elliot, founder and leader of Blues n’Trouble, Scotland’s leading blues band for decades, is performing in an acoustic trio. Tim’s voice and gritty crackling vocals will refresh some old school blues classics.

Location: The Lemon Tree

Cost: £16.50

Start 22 Mar 23:00
Camilla George Quartet

Camilla George Quartet

Blending homages to the jazz tradition with explorations of her African and Caribbean roots, MOBO-nominated saxophonist Camilla George has been dubbed “the Golden Girl of Jazz” by the Evening Standard. Inspired by contemporary jazz musicians like Wynton Marsalis and Kenny Garret, she adds highlife, Afrobeat, calypso and hip-hop into the mix to create engaging, upbeat jazz.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £12.50

Start 23 Mar 14:00
The Blues Afternoon: Kris Dollimore / Queen’s Of The Blues / Gerry Jablonski Electric Band

The Blues Afternoon: Kris Dollimore / Queen’s Of The Blues / Gerry Jablonski Electric Band

A special triple bill of blues bands for the price of one!

Kris Dollimore is the guitar player with Scottish rock icons, Del Amitri, but he’s also one of Britain’s leading acoustic blues singers and guitarists, with a fabulous knowledge and deep respect for all the country blues traditions.Joyously celebrating the trials, tribulations and fortunes of the best female singers of the blues genre, Queens Of The Blues tells the story of Mamie Smith and Big Mama Thornton; Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi; by way of Sugar Pie and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This show is an irrepressible, anecdotal anthology, fronted by the acclaimed newcomer, singer, Nicole Smit.

Gerry Jablonski Band wrap things up, playing crowd-pleasing high-octane blues roots with influences of classic rock, with one of the tightest and hardest hitting bands on the current scene.

Location: The Lemon Tree

Cost: £12.50

Start 23 Mar 20:00
Charlie Wood and the Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra salute Ray Charles

Charlie Wood and the Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra salute Ray Charles

Paying homage to the brilliant, towering musical figure who through his singing and piano playing helped invent soul and R&B music. Aberdeen’s finest are joined by the Memphis singer and pianist who mixes jazz, blues, soul, traditional R&B and popular music, embodying hepcat worldliness and barroom empathy.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £12.50

Start 23 Mar 23:45
End 24 Mar 01:00
Hamilton / Garland / Caribe

Hamilton / Garland / Caribe

This pianist has performed in over 25 countries around the globe with musical luminaries such as Bill Bruford, Billy Cobham & Ray Charles. He’s an astonishing technician, a beautiful melodist, and an exciting improviser. Tonight he has assembled an all-star trio featuring the Grammy-winning Tim Garland’s saxophone which packs lyricism and power in equal measure and Mario Caribe’s Brazilian tinged Scottish bass.

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £15

Start 24 Mar 13:00
Jazz On The Green 2019

Jazz On The Green 2019

Aberdeen's best outdoor music party which takes place across nine venues in the city centre and it's all FREE. Jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, big bands singers and more.

Location: The Green

Cost: FREE

Start 24 Mar 18:00
The Jazz On The Green After Party with Back Chat Brass

The Jazz On The Green After Party with Back Chat Brass

A powerhouse line-up of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone. With a nod to their roots in jazz, pop, funk and hip-hop, their brassy twist on classy tunes combines with electrifying showmanship for the perfect After Party.

Location: Aberdeen Arts Centre

Cost: £6

Start 24 Mar 20:00
Jazz at the Blue Lamp Community Big Band, Aberdeen Uni Jazz Orchestra

Jazz at the Blue Lamp Community Big Band, Aberdeen Uni Jazz Orchestra

Enjoy two amateur big bands in full flight. Jazz at the Blue Lamp Community Big Band (JATBLCBB) comprises over 30 players and tonight debuts a special commission “title” by “composer. Aberdeen Uni Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) present the final concert in the Youth Jazz Celebration with guest participants.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £12

Start 24 Mar 20:00
Jazz at the Blue Lamp Community Big Band, Aberdeen Youth Jazz Celebration Band

Jazz at the Blue Lamp Community Big Band, Aberdeen Youth Jazz Celebration Band

Enjoy two exciting community projects, bringing together people from all backgrounds in their love of performing jazz. The JATBL Community Jazz Big Band comprises over 30 players and tonight debuts a special commission ‘The Blue Lamp Suite' by Richard Ingham. The AYJC Band performs with members of Aberdeen University Jazz as a legacy of the Youth Jazz Celebration, featuring young people from across Aberdeen City.

Cost: £12

Start 24 Mar 20:00
Dinner Jazz with Cindy Douglas

Dinner Jazz with Cindy Douglas

Cool, charismatic and charming, Cindy Douglas unveils a brand new show – a homage to the legendary crooner Nat King Cole. Plus a two course dinner from the award winning Carmelite chefs. Reserved seating.

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £20

Start 25 Mar 20:00
La La Land

La La Land

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star as jazz pianist and aspiring actress fall in love against the sumptuous background of Los Angeles. We are led through the stages of their whirlwind romance as they chase their dreams, find success and meet its challenges. All of the above is expressed through song, dance and big, bold homages to classic movie musicals. Chazelle wrote 'La La Land' in tribute to the musicals he loves, while infusing elements of 'city symphony' films and the hard realities of life, love and being an artist.

Location: The Belmont Filmhouse

Cost: TBC

Start 26 Mar 19:00
Jazz Dinner Safari

Jazz Dinner Safari

Journey to three acclaimed restaurants with one course in each and a different music session in each venue.

Location: Various, Aberdeen

Cost: TBC

Start 27 Mar 20:00
Paul Towndrow Quintet

Paul Towndrow Quintet

Our Artist-In -Residence, Paul Towndrow leads this superlative quintet with the pick of UK jazz musicians. Paul Towndrow (saxes), Steve Hamilton (piano), Kevin McKenzie (guitar), Euan Burton (double bass), Alyn Cosker (drums). Expect intelligent, melodic music combined with searching improvisation from this excellent band.

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £12.50

Start 28 Mar 14:00
Aberdeen Youth Jazz Showcase

Aberdeen Youth Jazz Showcase

Experience the joy of a youth band in full flight.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: FREE

Start 28 Mar 18:30
Mary May Tours Aberdeenshire

Mary May Tours Aberdeenshire

Sophisticated, seductive, and sassy. Singer May May takes jazz out and about into some intimate venues in Aberdeenshire. Her powerful voice and huge vocal range animates music from the classic American Jazz and Blues songbook.

Location: Aberdeen

Cost: TBC

Start 28 Mar 20:00
Jazz at the Blue Lamp: Jeff Herr Corporation

Jazz at the Blue Lamp: Jeff Herr Corporation

From Luxembourg, a classy European trio mixing raw, exhilarating improvisations injecting invention into their original compositions and flowing performances of classic pop tunes (by David Bowie or Jimi Hendrix). Perpetual-motion drumming and crackling percussion from Jeff Herr, sparkling tenor sax from Maxime Bender and compelling bass melodies from Laurent Payfert.

Supported by Music: Lux

Presented in association with Jazz At The Blue Lamp

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £13.50

Start 28 Mar 20:00
Marisha Addison Celebrates 50 Years On Stage

Marisha Addison Celebrates 50 Years On Stage

A national treasure, singer Marisha Addison has been at the forefront of jazz in Aberdeen for 50 years. From fronting the Alex Sutherland Orchestra to leading the team at The Blue Lamp, she has been in the thick of it all. Charismatic and with impeccable phrasing she delivers classic jazz with pizzaz. She is joined by an all star band featuring Steve Hamilton on piano.

Location: Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £10

Start 29 Mar 14:00
Aberdeen Youth Jazz Showcase

Aberdeen Youth Jazz Showcase

Experience the joy of a youth band in full flight.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: FREE

Start 29 Mar 20:00
Martin Kershaw Octet: David Foster Wallace - In Memoriam

Martin Kershaw Octet: David Foster Wallace - In Memoriam

"… as carefully structured and full of wit as the best prose writing... a compelling narrative..." Keith Bruce, The Herald.

A spontaneous standing ovation for an unheard jazz work would be worthy of note at any time. The alto saxophonist is one of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians, with interests across a range of styles. He’s also one of our foremost composers, and he follows up his “Hero As Riddle” triumph, with a new work inspired his passion for American novelist, David Foster Wallace.

It’s a major occasion and he’ll have a crack band: Sean Gibbs (trumpet) Adam Jackson (alto sax), Martin Kershaw (saxes), Chris Greive (trombone), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Paul Harrison (piano), Calum Gourlay (bass) and Doug Hough (drums).

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £15

Start 29 Mar 20:00
Irini Arabatzi and Ben MacDonald

Irini Arabatzi and Ben MacDonald

Those with their ear to the ground will know that Arabatzi is one of the most exciting young vocal talents on the current jazz scene. Her extraordinary voice, has a deep knowledge and affection for jazz traditions, yet wants to make new music for new audiences too. Accompanied by rising talent Ben Macdonald on guitar

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £10

Start 29 Mar 23:00
End 30 Mar
Mario Caribe New Mambo

Mario Caribe New Mambo

Mario has put together this new supergroup to play mambo and latin jazz, a personal passion. Featuring Stu Brown on drums and Sandro Ciancio on percussion it also includes two young stars of the Scottish scene: Michael Butcher on tenor sax, and Liam Shortall on trombone, with Pete Johstone on piano and Mario himself on bass.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £12.50

Start 29 Mar 23:00
End 30 Mar
Paul Towndrow Late Jam

Paul Towndrow Late Jam

Our artist in residence, Paul Towndrow leads a late night jam session with local favourites, festival performers and special guests.

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £10

Start 30 Mar 14:00
Intoxicating High Tea with Oceans 3

Intoxicating High Tea with Oceans 3

Enjoy an indulgent high tea in the company of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin with Aberdeen’s answer to The Rat Pack. Delivered by three male singers, this music-filled afternoon serves up treats including finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and a fine selection of teas or cocktails.

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £20

Start 30 Mar 15:00
Laura Jurd and the Fergus McCreadie Trio

Laura Jurd and the Fergus McCreadie Trio

At last year’s Festival, McCreadie’s Trio blew Aberdeen away. The shooting star of the Scottish jazz scene delivered a tour de force of phenomenal musicianship and thrilling music. He returns in 2019 to do the same, joined by the prodigiously talented, multi award winning, young trumpeter Laura Jurd. Together they will deliver dynamic music packed with youthful zest and exuberance, vivacity striking themes, and exciting improvisations.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £12.50

Start 30 Mar 18:30
Mary May Tours Aberdeenshire

Mary May Tours Aberdeenshire

Sophisticated, seductive, and sassy. Singer May May takes jazz out and about into some intimate venues in Aberdeenshire. Her powerful voice and huge vocal range animates music from the classic American Jazz and Blues songbook.

Location: Aberdeen

Cost: TBC

Start 30 Mar 20:00
Birth of the Cool

Birth of the Cool

“Wow… a blissful hour of lush, slightly ethereal harmonies… a rare thrill to hear such classics as Jeru, Moon, Dreams, Move and Godchild being played live and with such panache and obvious enjoyment by this superb nine-piece outfit” - The Herald.

Richard Ingham recreates Miles’ classic album with an all-star band including Colin Steele on trumpet.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £15

Start 30 Mar 20:00
Irini Arabatzi and Ben MacDonald

Irini Arabatzi and Ben MacDonald

Those with their ear to the ground will know that Arabatzi is one of the most exciting young vocal talents on the current jazz scene. Her extraordinary voice, has a deep knowledge and affection for jazz traditions, yet wants to make new music for new audiences too. Accompanied by rising talent Ben Macdonald on guitar

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £10

Start 30 Mar 20:00
Brass Funkeys

Brass Funkeys

New Orleans inspired brass band roll from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk. Straddling genres and groove, the eight-piece Brass Funkeys merge hip hop, funk, metal, reggae, DnB, gypsy, swing and latin playing originals and Gorillaz, Royce Wood Junior covers. They have filled dancefloors at Glastonbury, Rich Mix, Love Supreme and Wilderness and now make their Aberdeen debut.

Location: The Lemon Tree

Cost: £12.50

Start 30 Mar 23:00
Paul Towndrow Late Jam

Paul Towndrow Late Jam

Our artist in residence, Paul Towndrow leads a late night jam session with local favourites, festival performers and special guests.

Location: The Carmelite Hotel

Cost: £10

Start 30 Mar 23:00
Funk Connection

Funk Connection

Ten-piece classic funk and R&B outfit cover music from the Jackson Five and James Brown to the Temptations, Sister Sledge and Chic.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £12.50

Start 31 Mar 14:30
West End Jazz Trail

West End Jazz Trail

An afternoon of jazz in a selection of intimate venues in the west end of Aberdeen with a range of different bands performing.

Location: West end, Aberdeen

Cost: TBC

Start 31 Mar 19:30
The Story of Swing

The Story of Swing

The Swing era brought us so much classy music, from jazz to mainstream pop, from Glenn Miller to Duke Ellington; Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald. Dave Batchelor, The Scottish Swing Orchestra and their dance group and live projections take you on a breathless race through the chronology of swing, taking you back to those times of extraordinary excitement and the pop music of the 1930s and 40s. The Story of Swing, a tale of musical legends recounted in music, pictures, words… and dance moves by the Flyrights Dancers.

Location: The Music Hall

Cost: £16

Start 31 Mar 20:00
Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra with special guest Paul Towndrow

Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra with special guest Paul Towndrow

Paul Towndrow joins the Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra for one night only, celebrating the music of Charles Mingus and Pat Metheny. The evening will also feature the premieres of the Aberdeen Youth Jazz Celebration Composition Winners. Come along and hear the best young musicians Aberdeen has to offer.

Location: The Blue Lamp

Cost: £12.50

Start 22 Jun
End 23 Jun
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

In 2019 Aberdeenshire celebrates 26 years of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival (STBF) in Portsoy, showcasing an action-packed weekend of boats, crafts, live music, food and drink.

Location: Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Start 23 Oct
End 3 Nov
Sound

Sound

Inviting you on a sonic adventure, soundfestival takes audiences on a journey of discovery exploring new music in unique and iconic venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. With world-class artists, cross-art form collaborations, world premieres, family-friendly events, late night soundsessions, talks and workshops there is something for everyone at this original festival.

Location: Various, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire



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