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 …

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: 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: 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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