The 2017 Festival included 170 concerts; 2 major free events; a conference and two Summer Schools
In 2017 musicians came from over 16 countries and ranged from international heavy hitters like John Scofield, Mike Stern, Mr Skipp and Kandace Springs to a new wave of musicians from Europe including Aga Derlak (Poland), Dock In Absolute (Luxembourg), Fragile Bliss (Czech Republic), Jacob Karlzon Trio (Sweden) and a trio of young pianists from Italy Alessandro Lanzoni, Manuel Magrini and Enrio Zanisi. New Orleans was a particular focus with over 30 concerts featuring New Orleans music, from the Louis Armstrong inspired New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band, to the second line brass of Soul Brass Band to the funk of Smokers World and Dumpstaphunk, the new modern jazz star of the trombone, David L Harris, and the hip-hop infused Hot 8 Brass Band. We also presented classic New Orleans Cajun music with the Savoy Family Cajun Band. New Orleans guests are sprinkled through out the programme playing with Scottish bands as diverse as Swampfog, and the Spirits of Rhythm.
The Festival also highlighted Scottish creativity in 2017 celebrating the Centenary of Jazz with a decidedly Scottish flavour: Seonaid Aitken celebrated Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Smith saluted Coltrane; Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson were inspired by Stan Getz; Tom Gordon swung like Basie, Ryan Quigley revived Dizzy Gillespie, and Calum Gourlay rejigged Thelonious Monk; along with a host of other modern interpretations of the works of the jazz greats. Edinburgh pianist, Brian Kellock was in residency for the entire Festival playing in a host of different projects which are close to his heart and with a series of guests including Lianne Caroll, Scott Robinson, Fionna Duncan. Looking to the new, the Festival also featured a hugely exciting new group of young Scottish jazz musicians, including singer Luca Manning, saxophonist Matt Carmichael, pianist Fergus McCreadie, fiddler Charlie Stewart, and bassist David Bowden
The Festival receives financial support from The Scottish Government’s Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland as well as the Czech Centre, Musik I Syd (Sweden), Instituto Italiano Culture, Jazz Polsku, music:LX (Luxembourg) and has just entered into a strategic partnership with Oslo Jazz Festival
The Festival featured
820 professional musicians
1050 amateur performers
69,000 people attended the Festival
The Festival partnered Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh Napier University, Hidden Door Greater Grassmarket and Jazz Scotland amonst many other and were members of Festivals Edinburgh.
Registered charity number: SC012211 Company registration number: SC112437