Thursday 8 March, 2018

Workshop: Georgina Jackson

Instrumental and vocal workshop led by trumpeter and singer Georgina Jackson – available to all.  Presented By Spotlight on Her and University of Aberdeen + more ...

Alison Affleck, Graeme Stephen, Colin Steele

Back by popular demand. Award winning singer Alison Affleck is joined by acclaimed guitarist Graeme Stephen and trumpet favourite Colin Steele. They’ll celebrate the Great American Songbook and the tunes of Tin Pan Alley along with some very old blues and gospel flavoured vintage songs. + more ...

Georgina Jackson with Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra

Stellar trumpeter and vocalist, Georgina Jackson, joins Aberdeen’s own fabulous jazz orchestra to celebrate International Women's Day. She is resident singer with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and The Echoes of Ellington Big Band. She also sang at the BBC Proms in 2017. Together with Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra she’ll swing their way through the classic jazz songbook.    Presented in association with Jazz At The Blue Lamp and Spotlight on Her + more ...

Friday 9 March, 2018

Graeme Stephen's 'River band' featuring Chris Stout

In the pantheon of great musicians to have emerged from Aberdeen, guitarist, Graeme Stephen stands near the top. His restless mind is always minting new music, which challenges and soothes in equal measure. Last year he produced a new project where his regular Trio [with Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums)] combined with the superstar traditional Scots fiddler, now played by Chris Stout. "Freshly composed music motored and danced ... + more ...

Soweto Kinch

MOBO award winner, Mercury Prize nominee, and UK Jazz and Spoken Word titan returns… Mixing scalding hot, hard bop grooves with racing freestyle lyrics, hip-hop beats, rap and jazz riffs, the saxophonist specialises in a trademark style of Jazz, Rap and Spoken Word unlike that of any other performer in the world.  Revered among both jazz musicians and rappers alike,Soweto Kinch has amassed an unprecedented array of accolades including two MOBO awards, ... + more ...

Havana Swing

Inspired by Parisian jazz of the 1930s, Havana Swing are a tight quartet who play the sometimes languid and sometimes lightning music of Django Reinhardt's Hot Club de Paris, with subtle harmonies and with energy, passion and charm: "happy, jaunty, feelgood jazz executed with great panache" (The Herald).   + more ...

Hamish Stuart Band featuring Molly Duncan

The original lead singer/guitarist with The Average White Band through all the classic 70s albums, Hamish has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, George Benson, Chaka Khan and for six years, Paul McCartney. In addition to touring with Ringo Starr he leads his own “super-group” which includes fellow AWB original, saxophonist Molly Duncan. Expect AWB hits and loads of great funk and soul classics, by a band that generates ... + more ...

Saturday 10 March, 2018

Belmont Street Blues Afternoon

Café Drummond, Belmont Filmhouse, The Tippling House, 2-5pm, £12 Rover ticket Top class blues, with a twist of jazz and soul will be all over Belmont Street on the afternoon of Saturday 10th March with a host of great names playing informal sets in three intimate venues. With a rover ticket you can roam from venue to venue checking out the music and the atmosphere. Three hours of great blues in three ... + more ...

Charlotte Marshall & The 45s

A rollercoaster of 60s soul and R&B classics with razor sharp vocals, and deep funky groove from the sizzling seven-piece band. Marshall's blistering originals and re-funked covers are drawn from the musical traditions of New Orleans funk, Mississippi blues and 60s jazz, soul and R&B classics. + more ...

Zoe Rahman Trio

Vibrant, and highly individual pianist/composer, Zoe’s super attractive music is deep rooted in jazz, but also reflects her classical training and her British/Bengali heritage. The MOBO Winner has a sensational Trio with Alec Dankworth (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums) who always play with a passion and enjoyment that draws audiences in to Zoe’s thrilling musical world. It’s a place full of warmth, where you’re likely to encounter anything from Thelonious Monk ... + more ...

Sunday 11 March, 2018

Jazz On The Green 2018

Jazz on the Green is back after a show-stopping year in 2017. On Sunday 11th March, Aberdeen’s City Centre will once again be ignited in a celebration of jazz, blues, funk, soul, R&B, swing, bop, vocals and big band, with free admission for all.  Music on nine stages for four hours, and the chance to hear at twenty different bands! CLICK HERE FOR TIMINGS AND A COPY OF THE PROGRAMME THE ARTISTS: Aberdeen University Big Band ... + more ...

Jazz At The Blue Lamp Community Big Band, Aberdeen Uni Jazz Orchestra

Enjoy two big amateur jazz bands in full flight. The Jazz a the Blue Lamp Community band includes 30+ players on a whole range of instruments. Aberdeen Uni Jazz Orchestra are joined by special guest: Helena Kay. + more ...

Dinner Jazz: Lorna Reid Quartet

Please book via: Carmelite: 01224 589101 Cool and classy, seductive vocals, Lorna sings the classic jazz repertoire along with some self-penned tunes. Plus a two course dinner from the award wining Carmelite chefs. New reserved seating layout. The menu has just been announced - click here for more information + more ...

The Jazz On The Green After Party with The Underskore Orkestra

Hot jazz, swing and New Orleans tunes meet Balkan, Klezmer, Americana and gypsy jazz swing in an upbeat mélange of original and traditional syncopated rhythms. Hailing from Portland, Oregon their instruments include violin, guitar, accordion, horns, clarinet, bass, sousaphone percussion, harmonica, piccolo, ukulele and bambazoo.   + more ...

Monday 12 March, 2018

Whiplash

Damien Chazelle/USA/2014/104mins/15 Tickets from 01224 343500 / www.belmontfilmhouse.com Celebrated film charting the development a young wannabe jazz-legend earning his spurs at a fiercely competitive music school. His teacher, played by the inspired JK Simmons, terrorises, torments and humiliates the young sticksman, pushing him ever harder to see whether he snaps to the rhythm, or breaks in two. “it will spit you out elated, exhausted and cheering for an encore” (Empire) Presented in association ... + more ...

Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Jazz Dinner Safari

Carmelite, Molly’s Bistro, Musa, Arrive 7Pm, £30 Tickets only from Carmelite: 01224 589101 Journey to three acclaimed restaurants with one course in each and a different jazz session in each venue, with music from singers Melodie Fraser, Mary May and Los Acousticos Bandidos. The dinner venues are: Click here to see the menus After making your booking you will be sent a schedule for the evening + more ...

Jazz Night for Charity

Come along to a feast of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, some bebop tunes, latin grooves and a smattering of bluesy jazz from Elaine Crighton and other guests. This event is part of RAG, the major student fundraising committee as part of AUSA, which supports over 30 local charities Presented by AUSA as part of RAG Week + more ...

Wednesday 14 March, 2018

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Puttin' On The Ritz

For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920s and 1930s. The fun-packed show features timeless classics from the great American songbook – those wonderful songs that miraculously lifted people’s spirits during the depression era, and which made household names of singers such as Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly, and Fred Astaire. Plus beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and ... + more ...

Colin Black Meets the Guitarists

Aberdeen’s guitar star, Colin Black invites some guitar luminaries to join him for a special evening of solos and duets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of jazz guitar. He is joined by Scott Cruickshank, Ben MacDonald and Kevin MacKenzie. + more ...

Thursday 15 March, 2018

Young Musician Showcase

Featuring Aberdeen Music School and The International School Aberdeen. + more ...

Riot Jazz Brass Band

Stirring up a hot-pot of peace-lovin' aggro-jazz and re-interpreted dancefloor bangers, Riot Jazz Brass Band are a 9-piece combo that catapult the spirit of New Orleans into the 21st Century. Fronted by the prodigious MC CHUNKY, these brass-wielding super-heroes have infected ear-holes, dance floors and festival fields far and wide with their brass-heavy-aggro jazz, hip-hop samples, funked-up favourites, re-interpreted dubstep, drum 'n' bass and infectious sounds that never fail to excite.  After ... + more ...

Andy Middleton with Spark Trio

Consummate American saxophonist, whose imaginative and adventurous virtuosity spans a wide breadth of expression - from lyrical to rhythmically driving with the authentic feel of hard swinging contemporary New York City jazz.  Spark Trio are Joe Williamson, (guitar), Paul Harrison (organ), Stephen Henderson (drums). Together they’ll refresh the classic "sax and organ trio" modern jazz format – groove, swing and funky bop. + more ...

Ola Onabulé

Classic soul with a jazzy vibe from a deeply expressive vocalist producing a guaranteed electric atmosphere. Drawing on such influences as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield, Onabule incorporates soul, blues and jazz into his message-driven lyrics. Combining the sophistication of modern jazz music with the power of his African roots, Ola delivers beautifully crafted songs shaped by grooves rooted in the soul and blues tradition alongside complex African melodic lines, ... + more ...

Friday 16 March, 2018

Workshop: Andy Middleton

Instrumental workshop led by American saxophonist and available to University students. Presented By University of Aberdeen. + more ...

Young Musician Showcase

Featuring Aberdeen University Jazz Band. + more ...

Myra Melford's Snowy Egret

New York avant- garde jazz pianist and composer ‘s music sparkles like the blues, enchants like eastern music and illicits wonder. “Full of bright, intense rhythms and complex harmonies... lean, lithe and appealing” (The Wall Street Journal), “filled with muscle, brains and poetic spark’ (Time Out).. The group includes includes the cornetist Ron Miles, the guitarist Liberty Ellman, the bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. Presented in association with ... + more ...

Swing Dance Party

We are throwing a big swing dance party and you're invited!   New Orleans flavoured jazz always has the feel good factor! And the Copper Cats deliver this with prowess! Led by vivacious raconteur and vocalist Ali and supported by the bands performance dancers, we invite you to an energising and fun performance that is both a ‘sit down and listen gig’ and ( if you feel more energetic!) a get ... + more ...

London Afrobeat Collective

Weaving hypnotic grooves, pounding rhythms and soaring melodies, this politicised party machine are an incendiary live act.  Channelling the spirit of the 1970s Fela Kuti’s West African funk-jazz fusion  they inject raw funk, latin and rock, all glued together by bold brass and dancefloor sweat. Their explosive live shows have taken them to summer festivals across the UK including Green Man, Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury, Latitude and Reading. + more ...

Colin Steele Quintet

Trumpeter, Steele writes the contemporary anthems of a sophisticated Scotland. He’s our modern day Sibelius. His music is a joyous celebration of Scottish melody and rhythm, liberated and enhanced by the spirit, refinement and technique of jazz. His recordings and concerts are warm, life affirming, and thrilling in their effect. He disarms the most hardened jazz fan with the power and beauty of his music and his playing speaks strongly to ... + more ...

Saturday 17 March, 2018

Intoxicating High Tea with The Vintage Girls

Enjoy an indulgent high tea with retro class. Listen to classics songs from the 40s/50s/60s right up the present with a vintage twist. Delivered by a trio of close harmony singers, this music-filled afternoon tea serves up treats including finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and a fine selection of teas or cocktails. A few tickets are available via Carmelite - please call 01224 589101 to check availability. + more ...

Fergus McCreadie Trio

McCreadie is the shooting star of the young Scottish jazz scene. The pianist’s Trio with David Bowden (bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums) play concerts packed with emotional charge, youthful zest and exhuberance, mixing the best jazz virtues with strong melodies drawn from traditional music and evocations of Scottish  landscapes.  Some of the most exciting jazz ever to come out of Scotland – phenomenal musicianship, thrilling music, with a stirring and powerful impact.  ... + more ...

Camille Thurman

“A first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof of the place” (All About Jazz) as well as a singer with soulful inflection and remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess” (Downbeat).  Equally at home channeling John Coltrane or paying homage to the jazz-vocal tradition extending from Bessie Smith, the sensational American singer and saxophonist makes her Scottish debut. A superstar in the making! + more ...

Scott Hamilton and Brian Kellock

Two virtuoso musicians playing free-booting mainstream jazz. American saxophonist Scott Hamilton caresses old standards or plays gliding swing. Scottish pianist Brian Kellock flawlessly follows and leads like an old dancing partner. Impeccable. + more ...

Fat-Suit / Werkha (Full Live Band)

Scotland’s own mighty crossover juggernaut, effortlessly assimilate influences from Jazz, Fusion, House, Brass-Rock and Scottish Folk music to create a vibrant new musical vocabulary. With a line up of guitars, violins, keyboards, horns, bass, drums and percussion, they play stunning original compositions blending various genres that create a fresh infectious sound. Compared to Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck and GoGoPenguin, they have played summer festivals across Europe delivering their “sun bright, pulsating ... + more ...

Funk Connection

10-piece classic funk and R&B outfit cover music from the Jackson 5 and James Brown to the Tempations, Sister Sledge and Chic, and fill the dance floors of every venue they play. + more ...

Sunday 18 March, 2018

West End Jazz Trail
£12 incl BF
Price includes 10% booking fee

Glentanar Wee Bar, McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, Park Inn Hotel By Radisson, Soul, 2.30-5.30pm, Rover Ticket £12 Spend the afternoon in Aberdeen’s West End enjoying live jazz in five different intimate venues. With music as diverse as the venues you’ll get everything from singers to swing, funk to fusion from top class musicians – something to suit all tastes. One ticket buys you entry to all the music on offer at this ... + more ...

A Night With Ella
£17.50 incl BF
Price includes 10% booking fee

Seonaid Aitken celebrates the songs of Ella Fitzgerald with The Groove Merchant Big Band. Ella Fitzgerald was the greatest vocalist the jazz world has ever heard. Her extraordinary diction, timing, sense of swing and all round joie de vie meant that her versions of hundreds of great songs were the definitive ones. The songbooks of Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Rogers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin had no finer interpreter. ... + more ...

Sunday 25 November, 2018

East Coast Blow Out
£10
£5 student concession

AUJO, featuring Fergus McCreadie and HAMLET will perform a programme of contemporary big band classics, including music by Kenny Wheeler and Pat Metheny, culminating in the edgy East Coast Blow Out Suite, which is a dramatic, extended work for Big Band and soloists, full of dynamic and rhythmic variation.  Written by Jim McNeely, ECBO is intellectual, challenging, and powerful contemporary jazz. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear a modern jazz ... + more ...

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East Coast Blow Out

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Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra  and Fergus McCreadie Play East Coast Blow Out + MORE

A Night With Ella

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Seonaid Aitken will be singing the classic Ella songbook on Sunday night at His Majesty's Theatre. Click here to see more + MORE

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