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Full Programme Announced

We're delighted to announce our full 2017 line-up! 

New names added to the programme:

American James Brandon Lewis, the sensational tenor sax player and vocalist/rapper from New York, presents his trio that's shaking up clubs and Festivals in Europe and the States with music of power and intensity, high energy and visceral excitement. Sharing the bill is Alan Benzie, the connoisseur's young pianist of the moment.

A rare solo outing for Memphis singer and pianist Charlie Woods, who mixes jazz, blues, soul, traditional R&B and popular music embodying hepcat worldliness and bar-room empathy.

Celebrating 100 years of Jazz the Festival pays tribute to some of the icons of jazz including Colin Steele playing the music of Miles Davis.

Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra and Aberdeen University Big Band present one of the rarest Duke Ellington suites of music: The Sacred Concert. Joined by singer Jacqui Dankworth, saxophonist Helena Kay, a choir and tap dancer, the ensemble will perform at St Machar’s Cathedral. 

Back by popular demand after their sell-out concert last year, "one of the best bands in British music full stop" (BBC Radio Scotland), Fat-Suit get the party started at the Blue Lamp. 

DopeSickFly bring their potent mix of funk-rock to the University of Aberdeen's Hillhead Campus - at the Works.

Two great blonde-bombshell vocalists, Marisha Addison and Morag McColl, deliver a programme of swing classics paying tribute to popular jazz composers and band leaders. Plus a two course dinner from the award-winning Carmelite chefs. 

The mighty Ibibio Sound Machine raise the roof of the Lemon Tree with their mix of west-african funky seventies grooves and highlife guitar licks and deep synth electronica, creating a soulful gumbo that feels instantly familiar and yet also new and fresh. A closing party you can't miss!

Last but not least, Aberdeen's biggest free admission music event, Jazz on the Green, is back on Sunday 19 March. A few names have already been announced. More will be announced early March. 

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