Published on July 19, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero


Edinburgh jazz & blues festival, spontaneous creativity

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is not only the longest-running festival of its kind, but also attracts the largest audience of any Jazz festival in the UK. From Friday 22 July to Sunday 31, Edinburgh will host a number of exciting, high quality jazz and blues events.

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is now at its 33rd edition this year. An event presenting musicians from all over the world, uniquely spanning all styles offering something for connoisseurs as well as for those just beginning to explore the world of Jazz and Blues.

Musicians from France, Belgium and Italy but also from the USA, Brazil and Venezuela, will perform with over 90 events at 12 venues across the City, covering all styles of jazz and blues, with new entries of glamorous and trendy places this year like the Spiegel Village and The Bongo Club.

The artistic policy has focused on the search for musical excellence, rather than the mere ‘star system’, and aims to reward spontaneous creativity. Among the 2011 leading artists, Jack Bruce, Courtney Pine, Robert Cray, Curtis Stigers, Ken Peplowski, Leroy Jones and Trombone Shorty.

One of the main venues for the festival will be George Square Gardens, with three old-style marquees hosting many concerts and shows of the festival. These are The famous Spiegeltent, created in the early 20th century, built of wood, canvas and mirrors and each having its own personality and style; the Bosco Theatre, an intimate venue with unreserved seating, and Dans Paleis, an elegant circular wooden tent, enriched by cut-glass mirrors, decorative fittings and an enormous chandelier.

And also, The Queen’s Hall, also home to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, on Clerk Street, which offers a wide range of events all year round – and this year, on the occasion of the Festival, will host performances by Tim Elliott & the Troublemakers and We Love Louis – both on July 23rd and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on the 24th.

On the official site you can find the complete list of scheduled happenings and you can buy tickets to participate in events directly online, at a cost ranging from £ 8.00 to £ 20.00, many shows are free.

Photo by The Queen’s Hall

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Hi, I'm Andrea, a travel blogger, web programmer, seo apprentice and amateur photographer based in Milan. I love reading, I love music. I love to travel but only if I leave on a mission! I've been traveling through most of Europe and I love writing about it. I love photography, especially as a way to document experiences, places, events. My Nikon D300 camera is always with me, and it helps me in sharing my life with the rest of the world. Getting in touch with new people, different life styles and foreign traditions, and write about it, is all I can ask for.

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