Five ‘must see’ gigs at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2018

Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
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Here are five of the hottest tickets at this year’s Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, make sure you book now to avoid disappointment.


HAILED as “the future of the trumpet” by Wynton Marsalis, Keyon Harrold has toured with some of the jazz and pop world’s biggest names including Beyoncé, Gregory Porter and Common.

Keyon, finally earned a star turn as the voice of Miles Davis in the biopic Miles Ahead, which won him a Grammy.

Now he tours with his own music “a sonic blend of past, present and future” and features his crack young band in music that can be sweeping and cinematic, dense with contemporary beats, and true to the jazz tradition.

Saturday 14 July, George Square Spiegeltent, £20.50


DAVINA and the Vagabonds have created a stir with their high-energy live shows, brilliant musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism and commanding stage presence.

Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages.

Davina’s voice and stage presence have been compared to Etta James, Fats Domino, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice; she is a true original.

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July, Festival Theatre, £18.50-£27.50


SCOTLAND’S premier jazz orchestra deliver “a double bill that combined virtuosity and ingenuity with unadulterated theatricality... in a delightful collision between folk tale and big-band swing.”

The programme starts with and adaptation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf while in the second set, a jazz re-imaging of Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of Animals evokes a dizzying, dazzling, zoological roundabout, with pianist, Pete Johnstone, traversing the classical and jazz genres, with the SNJO.

Saturday 14 July, Festival Theatre, £12.50


THE Bratislava Hot Serenaders evoke the era of the Great Gatsby.

This sensational 21-piece band plays vintage swing and hot jazz from the 20s and 30s with extraordinary authenticity and pizazz.

A unique and completely intoxicating experience, especially when the harmony group, The Serenaders Sisters and their two male vocalist colleagues add classic crooning and beautiful balladeering.

Wednesday 18 July, Festival Theatre, £22.50-£27.50


WHEN Blues aficionados talk about the future, one name constantly comes up.

St Louis guitarist/vocalist, Marquise Knox is widely regarded as the real deal, the most exciting young talent on the world blues scene; Blues is his heritage and he’s steeped in the old masters from BB King to Muddy Waters.

Hearing Knox is an insight into what the legends might have sounded like as young men.

Friday 13 July, Teviot Row, £16.50 and Saturday 14 July, George Square Spiegeltent, £17.50

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival runs 13-22 July. For times and full details of all events visit