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Preview: Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Thursday 16 July 2015

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Are you tempted to head to a festival in Edinburgh but fancy checking out the city for something other than the funnies? The Jazz and Blues Festival (July 17-26) might not have been your first thought, but with 150 concerts over 10 days, the impressive schedule might have you swayed.

If the Birdman soundtrack had you mesmerized, you’ll be wise to catch the composer, drummer Antonio Sanchez, with his New York band perform on the opening night at the Festival Theatre Studio. Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is another stand out artist on the bill. Signed to the ledgendary Blue Note label, this baggy-jeaned musician plays an accessible but thought-provoking set with his quartet on Saturday 18th.

Davina and the Vegabonds buy viagra online hyderabad provide a poppy take on a New Orleans sound with a total of four shows over the opening weekend. They’ve got Uncle Jools to thank for their growing transatlantic success, having appeared on Later With Jools Holland earlier this year. The boogie-woogie master himself (sounds rude, doesn’t it?) headlines the event with a show at the Festival Theatre on July 25th, before singer and guitarist George Benson graces the same stage the following night. But whatever you decide to see, make sure not to miss the annual Mardi Gras at Grassmarket on the opening weekend – some say it gets a little wild.

Get your tickets and see the full line-up below.