10 things you never new about the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

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THE Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival starts today, presenting over 140 concerts between now and 22 July.

More than 50 bands will be making their Festival debut and another little known fact is that during the event, the jazz festival will 10 drum-kits, five pianos, four double basses and one tuba.

With acts heading to the Capital from around the world, here are 10 more things you might not have known about our annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

1: The Russ Moore Big Band played the opening notes of the Festival at 9pm on Sunday 16 August 1979.

Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina and the Vagabonds

2: Venues at that first Festival were: The George Hotel, Calton Studios, The Tankard Lounge, Tramps, The Broughton Bar, The Abercorn Inn, The Claremont Hotel, The Northern Bar, Hopeton Lounge, La Grenouille and Tiffany’s Ballroom.

3: The Jazz Festival started the Festival Parade, which became the Cavalcade, and is now the Edinburgh Festival Carnival. This year’s will be held on Sunday.

4: 1985 was the first time the Festival used a Speigeltent.

5: In 1991 the Blues Festival began and in 1996 the Festival changed its name from The Edinburgh International Jazz Festival to The Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival

Shake Em Up

Shake Em Up

6: The ever popular Mardi Gras began in 1993 and now attracts more than 8,000 people - this year it will take place on Saturday 14 July, 1-4pm

7: Both BB King and Buddy Guy have played the Festival.

8: Jamie Cullum used to sing at the Jam Sessions at Henry’s Jazz Cellar on Chambers Street.

9: Diana Krall and Dionne Warwick both played the Festival

Jazz and Blues Festival

Jazz and Blues Festival

10: The Festival has had a long relationship with New Orleans and its musicians – including raising over £12,000 to help musicians after Hurricane Katrina.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, 13-22 July. Full full programme details go to www.edinburghjazzfestival.com