Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Ones to watch

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary the 2018 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival boasts a talented roster of young players who are making waves on the jazz scene with their bold sound and experimental playing. Here's our ones to watch...

Matt Carmichael

Matt Carmichael

Described as “commanding” by The Times, the 19 year old saxophonist has played at Love Supreme Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and BBC Proms and according to Tommy Smith is  “fast becoming one of the leading lights in Scottish Jazz”.

Matt Carmichael plays at The Jazz Bar at 10pm on Friday, 13 July. Tickets are available here.



Fresh from playing to thousands at the Love Supreme Festival, this group is a youthful collective with musicians based all over Scotland, the UK, the US and Asia. Their trademark mix of jazz/funk/pop/ jigs and reels led BBC Radio Scotland to dub them “one of the best bands in British music full stop."

Get tickets to watch Fat-Suit launch the new late night Festival Club at Teviot on Friday, 13 July here.

Mark Hendry

Mark Hendry

Marrying Jazz, Classical, Folk and Rock, Mark Hendry's playing and writing capabilities bely his mere twenty years of age. For the 2018 Jazz and Blues Festival Hendry has written two suites for a large ensemble inspired by Endangered Species and George Orwell's '1984' respectively. You can catch Hendry's Large Ensemble at Teviot on Friday, 20 July. Hendry will also perform with the New Wave of Scottish Jazz on Saturday, 14 July, also at Teviot.

Tickets for both shows are available here.

Fergus McCreadie Trio

Fergus McCreadie

20 year old Fergus McCreadie, leads a Trio whose album “Turas” shows off the leader’s thrilling compositions, with Scottish traditional music and American jazz as combined inspirations.

The trio play as part of the New Wave of Scottish Jazz on Saturday, 14 July at Teviot and at Piccolo on Saturday, 21 July. Tickets for both shows are available here.

Fraser Urquhart

Fraser Urquhart

Winner of the coveted Rising Star Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2017, pianist Fraser Urquhart has teamed up with trumpeteer Colin Steele to recreate the magical sounds of Cool Jazz first created by Chet Baker and Russ Freeman in the mid 50s.

They play at Teviot on Wednesday, 18 July and you can find tickets for the unmissable moment here.

For tickets and more info on all the performances at Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, visit edinburghjazzfestival.com

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