THE LEITH JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL is back and organisers are promising it is going to be bigger and better than ever.
The 2013 incarnation will run over the weekend of 14th to 16th June, with fifteen venues in the Shore area hosting a total of 31 gigs.
Building on a successful revival last summer after an hiatus of over a decade, several exciting new faces have been enticed onto the schedule (such as Jensen Interceptors, Mario Caribe & Kevin McKenzie, the Angie King Trio) whilst many of the characters who helped make last year’s event a roaring success have alsoe been welcomed back (including Brian Kellock, Aki Remally, Ged Brockie & Dougie Urquhart and The Johnson Brothers).
A new edition to the schedule this year is a gala concert at the Queen Charlotte Rooms on Sunday evening. This will provide a rare chance to see and hear some of Scotland’s best ever jazz musicians reunited for one night only.
Headlining this event is an ensemble consisting of ex-Clyde Valley Stompers Fionna Duncan (vocals) and Forrie Cairns (Clarinet), plus Brian Kellock (Piano), Ronnie Rae (Double Bass) and Tom Bancroft (Drums).
Special guests will include Julian Arguelles (who was described by Jazzwise magazine as: ‘One of the most expressive jazz saxophonists this country has produced in the last quarter of a century’) plus Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne.
Tickets for this special night cost £12 and can be purchased from Isobar on Bernard Street or the Malt and Hops on the Shore. Alternatively, you can call David on 07772695154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apart from that all gigs are free, which provides a great excuse to visit some of the best places to eat and drink in the Shore area. Venues this year are: Bond No9, Carriers Quarters, Compass, Constitution, The Galley, Isobar, Malmaison, Malt and Hops, Nobles, The Pond, Port of Leith, The Shore, Sofi’s and The Vintage.