Little Jazz Bird

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (music): Little Jazz Bird at The Jazz Bar (Venue 57). Review by Alison Kerr Nerves and whisky may have got the better of Victoria Bennett at her opening performance, but luckily she has a swinging band and a voice which is often lovely. The problem is, it sounds as if …

Fringe Jazz Festival Reviews August 11, 2014

Music review: Niki King: The Songs of Duke Ellington

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival review: Niki King: The Songs of Duke Ellington at 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, reviewed by Alison Kerr Singer Niki King brought her stylish Ellington show back to Edinburgh (it was part of the British Vocal Jazz Festival during last year’s Fringe) on Friday night. The local singer can clearly do …

Jazz and Blues Festival July 29, 2014

Jazz review: Phil Bancroft Quartet

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: The Phil Bancroft Quartet at 3 Bristo Place, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist The last-minute absence, due to illness, of free-jazz veteran saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who was to have topped this Edinburgh Jazz Festival concert bill, was a disappointment – but it did give Phil Bancroft, who has a …

Jazz review: Champian Fulton Trio

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Champian Fulton Trio at the Palazzo Spiegeltent, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr Well. Just as those of us who have soldiered through the whole Edinburgh Jazz Festival were suffering from a final wave of jazz lag, along came the young American pianist and singer Champian Fulton. And if there …

Jazz review: Mud Morganfield

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Mud Morganfield at the Festival Theatre, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr It was all happening down in the front row of the Saturday night concert at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. For the first hour of the gig by singer Mud Morganfield half of the front row was …

Jazz review: Malene Mortensen

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Malene Mortensen at the Palazzo Spiegeltent, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr With her soft, lilting voice, Danish singer Malene Mortensen, who made her debut at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival last week, immediately recalled her fellow Scandinavian Silje Nergaard, a festival find of a decade ago. But, disappointingly for those …

Jazz review: Stone Islands

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Stone Islands at the Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kenny Mathieson The name doesn’t give much away, but the faces behind it are familiar enough. This ambitious Jazz Festival project had its roots in an earlier collaboration featuring trumpeter Colin Steele, pianist Dave Milligan and Sardinian saxophonist Enzo Favata, …

Jazz review: Eric Burdon & The Animals

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Eric Burdon & The Animals at the Festival Theatre, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust/ if the women don’t get you, Bo Diddley must,” intoned Eric Burdon at the start of one of his own songs, the thumping Bo Diddley Special, even as a …

Jazz review: Darius Brubeck Quartet

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Darius Brubeck Quartet at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kenny Mathieson [Picture: dariusbrubeck.com] Darius Brubeck was last seen in Edinburgh in the company of his brothers, paying tribute to the music of their now late father, Dave Brubeck. This jazz festival concert featured the pianist with his …

Jazz review: Malcolm MacFarlane

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Malcolm MacFarlane at 3 Bristo Place, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd [Picture: John Need] Following the release of his solo album Winter’s Journey, local boy Malcolm MacFarlane is firmly back in the collaborative groove with his latest incarnation. It was a celebration of the classic soul jazz tradition of …

Jazz review: Snarky Puppy

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Snarky Puppy at the Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kenny Mathieson Snarky Puppy have been going for almost a decade now, coalescing originally around a group of students in Texas. The band has a central core of regular musicians built around founder and bassist Michael League, and a larger floating …

Jazz review: Fapy Lafertin Trio

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Fapy Lafertin Trio at the Palazzo Spiegeltent, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr Even if he wasn’t arguably the best gypsy guitarist in the world, Fapy Lafertin would have enormous appeal since he plays with such a passionate, authentic – and sexy – style. Not only does his music have …

Jazz review: Tia Fuller

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Tia Fuller at the Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kenny Mathieson. The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival launched on several fronts, with star billing reserved for American saxophonist Tia Fuller and her Quartet. A glance at her CV – and in particular a long stint in Beyoncé’s band –might …

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