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Full 2018 Festival Programme Announced

We're delighted to announce our full 2018 line-up! 

Thanks to funding from Aberdeen Inspired, the Aberdeen Jazz Festival will expand to run for 11 days in 2018 and will bring its special atmosphere – “one of the most impressive events organised in Aberdeen” - to a host of new venues throughout the city centre. 

Title sponsors Aberdeen Inspired join Aberdeen City Council as major supporters, and thanks to their help the Jazz Festival is destined to become as one of the major Jazz Festivals in the UK. 

The Festival kicks off on Thursday 8th March (International Women’s Day) with one of the UK’s leading female jazz musicians, Georgina Jackson collaborating with Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra. Whilst award winning singer Alison Affleck performs at The Carmelite Hotel.

A new highlight of the first weekend is the Blues Afternoon with top class blues acts performing simultaneously in Belmont Filmhouse Café , Café Drummond and The Tippling House. 

Jazz On the Green is back on Sunday 11th March with an extra venue: the courtyard at The AcademyThe city centre will be jam packed with live music from the city’s best jazz, blues, swing and big bands.

Operating though weekdays will give us the chance to introduce new features including a jazz dinner safari (one course in each venue) in Carmelite, Molly’s Bistro and Musa. The acclaimed Pasadena Roof Orchestra play at Queen’s Cross Church offering a very special show “Puttin’ On The Ritz”.

A second highlight will be the “West End Jazz Trail” featuring a range of singers and funky bands performing simultaneously in venues such as McGinty’s, Park Inn, Soul and Glentanar Bar on Sunday 18th March, which also sees the final night Gala concert at His Majesty’s Theatre. This will be a starry event, celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald led by star singer Seonaid Aitken with the Groove Merchant Big Band.

The iconic Blue Lamp plays host to a programme which showcases American pianist Myra Melford’s latest band Snowy Egret; our cover star American saxophonist, Camille Thurman; MOBO award winners Zoe Rahman and Soweto Kinch as well as Scottish stars Colin Steele and Graeme Stephen and up and coming pianist, Fergus McCreadie’s trio. Ona Onabulé delivers some old school soul.

American saxophonists Andy Middleton and Scott Hamilton headline the bill at Carmelite which also includes a Dinner Jazz concert with Lorna Reid and an Intoxicating afternoon tea with close harmony group: The Vintage Girls.

Raising the roof at The Lemon Tree, Riot Jazz Brass Band get the party started with the New Orleans funk; London Afrobeat Collective deliver some steamy African soul funk.

Whilst at Assembly swing dancers get to strut their stuff to Alison Affleck’s Copper Cats.

Plus, there are free workshops and young musician showcases. 

Featuring 34 concerts, performers from two continents and live music over 11 days, we invite audiences to come along and join the biggest ever Aberdeen Jazz Festival!


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