12 Jun 2017
Her natural charm, pure tone, clear diction and perfect intonation allowed Ella to switch status at a stroke from homeless hoofer to star singer and kept her in the jazz audience and the twentieth century’s greatest songwriters’ hearts as the definitive interpreter of melody and lyric.
09 Jun 2017
Think of the term jazz singer and Billie Holiday’s name immediately springs to mind. With a freewheeling sense of swing gleaned from her idol, Louis Armstrong, she married the bluesy sound of Bessie Smith to an innovative just-behind-the-beat approach and conveyed her life in her songs.
07 Jun 2017
The rare achievement, during his lifetime, in becoming universally acknowledged as a European jazz genius eclipsed even Django overcoming horrible digital disfigurement to play guitar with three fingers in a way that was passionate, virtuosic and completely individual.
05 Jun 2017
A musician of extraordinary longevity, Benny Carter first recorded in 1928 and was still working seventy years later.
01 Jun 2017
Come and work with the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in 2017! We've just posted several new and excitng job opportunities to join the festival team this summer. Whether you love jazz, blues, gospel or funk.
01 Jun 2017
Eddie Condon’s rhythm guitar playing wasn’t just heard, it was felt.
30 May 2017
Five letters sum up Count Basie’s contribution to 1930s jazz - S-W-I-N-G - and for the next fifty years his bands not only swung, they made tunes such as April in Paris the evocative sound of celebration.