Thursday 12 March, 2020

The Gil Scott-Heron Songbook
£15 + Cconcessions

Extraordinary guitarist and vocalist Aki Remally and outstanding young pianist Fraser Urquhart join forces to pay homage to Gil Scott-Heron. Their band delve deep into the work of the revolutionary poet, jazz musician and rap pioneer whose lyrics expressed views on politics, culture and social injustice - expect a whole lotta funk, jazz and soul tunes from Gil Scott-Heron’s repertoire. Presented by Jazz At The Blue Lamp + more ...

Colin Steele/Martin Kershaw/Graeme Stephen

Trumpet, saxophone, and guitar – and no rhythm section – playing jazz standards, beautiful ballads, Scottish melodies, original tunes, all with a spontaneous edge – it’s a magical formula for three Festival favourites in the intimate surrounds of Carmelite Library. + more ...

Friday 13 March, 2020

Aberdeen Youth Jazz Showcase: Friday 13th March

Featuring The International School Aberdeen plus musicians from Albyn School  + more ...

Colin Steele/Martin Kershaw Quintet play Bird and Diz

A rare chance to hear the music of two of jazz’s great innovators: Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. So exciting for listeners, but challenging for musicians, bebop fizzed with lightning fast rhythms and super musical technique. Parker and Gillespie set the musicianship bar as high as they possibly could, and hardly anyone has touched it since. Constant rhythmic and harmonic excitement, and passionate soloing from alto saxophonist, Kershaw, in the Parker ... + more ...

Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra with special guests Georgia Cecile and Luca Manning

Aberdeen’s finest are joined by two rising Scottish vocal stars.  Georgia Cecile has arrived as the major singer of the new Scottish jazz scene. She is a super-classy singer who hits the spot when it comes to Broadway songs, beautiful ballads, swinging jazz, and a host of originals and modern pop tunes. Luca Manning is shaping up to be Scotland’s best ever male jazz singer. Light and airy, and full of passion, ... + more ...

Funk Connection

Get ready to party with this ten-piece classic funk and R&B outfit. Covering music from the Jackson Five and James Brown to the Temptations, Sister Sledge and Chic. + more ...

Saturday 14 March, 2020

Petru Popa Trio feat. Nils Olav Johansen Plus Alan Benzie solo

Petru Popa's Quartet is unable to travel from Norway to play at Aberdeen Jazz Festival. We have chanaged to line-up to  Alan Benzie solo / Dave Milligan solo Opening the show, Benzie’s solo piano is luminously toned, atmospheric and often impressionistic. His music is rooted in European and American jazz, but is influenced by impressionist piano music and film music, and his love of Japanese animation. David Milligan is the Scottish pianist whose ... + more ...


They’re back. Hamlet are a young, high-energy, jazz fusion collective who mix classic modern jazz, from Herbie Hancock to Miles Davis with influences from Afro-beat, traditional Scottish music, rock and hip-hop into an exciting pulsating sound. After being a mainstay of the Aberdeen scene, the band moved on last year, so today we find out how they’ve all progressed. Matthew Kilner (saxophones), Gavin Hunter (trumpet), Neil Kendal (guitar), Finley Campbell (bass) and Richard ... + more ...

Colin Steele Quartet play Joni Mitchell

The acclaimed trumpeter has been inspired by the quirky, romantic, disillusioned and joyful tunes written by one of the greatest songwriters of the past 50 years, Joni Mitchell. Steele’s approach is to savour the simplicity; not stray too far from the melody; look for beauty; and create tunes that glow and sparkle with warmth and affection. It’s a beautiful concept that not many musicians could pull off, but with David ... + more ...

Enrico Tomasso & Colin Black Trio

Swinging powerhouse, trumpeter Enrico Tomasso was first spotted as a rare talent by none other that Louis Armstrong in the late 60s. Now he drops in to AJF20 to join Colin Black Trio for a night paying homage to the great trumpeters. Tomasso has had a highly varied career, which includes 12 years with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and stints with many high profile bands from Ray Gelato to Acker ... + more ...

Orion All Stars

An Afrobeat-ElectroJazz -Funk-Fusion-HipHop collective inspired by Sun Ra, Flying Lotus, Jaga Jazzist and Outkast; Saxophonist, Harry Weir’s band combine turbo charged jazz excitement, with every contemporary black American influence they can find – and dancefloor beats! They’re at the cutting edge of the brilliant club jazz scene coming out of Glasgow. Standing Gig + more ...

Sunday 15 March, 2020

Jazz On The Green 2020

Aberdeen’s biggest free admission music event is back with a line-up of 12 acts on six stages for a music-packed afternoon.  The party atmosphere of Jazz On The Green is centred around two outdoor stages, located in the atmospheric Green, and The Bandstand on the St Nicholas Shopping Centre Roof Terrace. The fun continues with indoor line-ups in Carmelite and he Tunnels and joining the existing line-up are The Douglas Hotel and Aberdeen ... + more ...

Dinner Jazz: Marisha Addison Sings Peggy Lee

Dubbed the Queen of Cool, Peggy Lee’s bewitching vocal power, sultry swing, alluring tone and distinctive delivery, made her one of the most captivating artists of the vocal era. To mark the centenary of her birth, Marisha Addison fronts a crack band singing all Lee’s hits including “Why Don’t You Do Right, “Lover” “It’s Alright With Me”, “You Came A Long Way From St. Louis,” Mister Wonderful” and “Fever”. Marisah is joined by Matthew ... + more ...

Jazz at the Blue Lamp Community Jazz Big Band and Youth Jazz Combo

Enjoy two exciting community projects, bringing together people from all backgrounds in their love of performing jazz. Jazz at the Blue Lamp Community Jazz Big Band will join forces with the JATBL Youth Jazz Combo to showcase a range of standards and improvisational talent.  + more ...

Monday 16 March, 2020

I Called Him Morgan
On Sale soon

Kasper Collin/Sweden/2017/89 mins  On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin (My Name Is Albert Ayler) is a love letter to two ... + more ...

Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Fergus McCreadie plays Bill Evans

*SOLD OUT* The start of a four day Aberdeen Jazz Festival residency for the acclaimed pianist, Fergus McCreadie. Tonight, in a special show, he pays homage to the one of the giants of jazz piano history: Bill Evans. Evans’ sensitive, subtle, swinging music is played by Fergus with Brodie Jarvie (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums). + more ...

Thursday 19 March, 2020

Aberdeen Youth Jazz Showcase: Thursday 19 March

Featuring Aberdeen University Jazz Band + more ...

Alison Affleck Presents: A Night in New Orleans

This is a Riot. The irrepressible singer, Ali Affleck and the acclaimed Copper Cats transport you to the prohibition era, delivering good time, swinging vintage jazz, with Alison’s deep love and knowledge of early jazz vocals to the fore in New Orleans classics and songs by Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey, Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey. For one night only, the Copper Cats band feature New Orleans pianist, Joplin Parnell, and ... + more ...

Tina May & Brian Kellock – Oscar and Ella
£15 + Concessions
To be rescheduled

Consummate singing, supreme musicianship and two natural onstage personalities combine in an evening of musical magic celebrating the greatest jazz singer of all time: Ella Fitzgerald. The UK’s leading jazz vocalist Tina May and her world class accompanist, Scotland’s own pianist Brian Kellock revisit the classic meeting between Ella and piano giant Oscar Peterson. Presented by Jazz At The Blue Lamp + more ...

To be rescheduled

A fierce, energetic and irresistibly danceable live show from afrobeat-inspired rock-funk-psych juggernaut. With an onslaught of horns, guitars, percussion and gutsy vocals, the eleven-strong outfit deliver powerful defiant songs packed with riffs, groove and lyrical prowess to move gig-goers, festival throngs and afro-funk afficionados alike. Their anthemic live shows have graced Festivals like Boomtown, Green Man, Soundwave, Wilderness, or Meadows in the Mountains. Fans of Fela Kuti, Ibibio Sound Machine and The Souljazz ... + more ...

Fergus McCreadie and Matt Carmichael

Fresh from Celtic Connections comes a stellar duo featuring two of the most exciting young musicians in Scotland, with a shared love for both folk and jazz music, they play a set full of beautiful melodies, extraordinary improvisations, from jazz standards to atmospheric soundscapes. Limited Capacity + more ...

Friday 20 March, 2020

Aberdeen Youth Jazz Showcase: Friday 20 March

Featuring ACMS Jazz Ensemble and South Aberdeenshire Music Centre Big Band + more ...

Steve Hamilton Quartet
To be rescheduled

Originally from Aberdeen, the pianist is now a jazz star around the globe, renowned for his long term associations with such as Bill Bruford and Billy Cobham. He’s an astonishing technician, a beautiful melodist, and an exciting improviser. Here’s a very rare outing for his all star Scottish band with an extraordinary line up: Don Paterson and Graeme Stephen (guitars), and Paul Towndrow (saxophone). A really special event. + more ...

The Katet vs John Williams
To be rescheduled

Williams is the icon of film music composers today; well known for his signature tunes to many blockbusters. Katet are an 8-piece soul/jazz/funk band who deliver pounding grooves and thick funky horn riffs. Tonight, they take inspiration from the crowd pleasing scores of “Jurassic Park”, “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars”, funked-up by leader, Mike Kearney’s magical arranging touch. Launched to massive acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, this is grooving, ... + more ...

Saturday 21 March, 2020

Jon Green Quintet
To be rescheduled

Tom Bancroft curates: Two shows put together by drummer/producer, Tom Bancroft, offer stylistically different music for head, heart, and feet  Jon Green Quintet American trumpeter, Jon Green’s music is a beguiling new sound on the Scottish scene, distinctively personal compositions, beautifully melodic, witty and often sublime, it's very much of the moment – played by an all star group based around the award winning Playtime Collective : Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), ... + more ...

Fergus McCreadie Trio
To be rescheduled

The most exciting young Scottish jazz musician to emerge for decades, pianist Fergus McCreadie has established an enormous fan base in a very short timespan: the sensational pianist gets standing ovations and five star reviews everywhere he goes  including last year’s amazing show at The Blue Lamp. Here he is for the first time in a concert setting in Aberdeen, a perfect place for McCreadie’s beautifully crafted music. The trio’s sets are packed with emotional charge, effervescent, and often spiritually ... + more ...

African Groove Machine
To be rescheduled

Tom Bancroft curates: Two shows put together by drummer/producer, Tom Bancroft, offer stylistically different music for head, heart, and feet West African music with jazz crossover. Tom Bancroft and Thomas Annang’s 8 piece band and dancer, Adie Baako Elias, are committed to getting audiences grooving and moving as though this was downtown Accra, Lagos, and Kinshasa on a Saturday night, with Thomas Annang, the master of the kpanlogo and djembe in the ... + more ...

Sunday 22 March, 2020

Intoxicating High Tea with The Vintage Girls

Enjoy an indulgent high tea with retro class. Listen to classics songs from the 1940s/50s/60s and right up the present with a vintage twist performed by a terrific trio of close harmony singers, along with afternoon tea with treats including finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and a fine selection of teas or cocktails. + more ...

West End Blues Trail
To be rescheduled

Top class blues will be all over The West End on the afternoon of Sunday 22 March. With a rover ticket you can roam from venue to venue checking out the music and the atmosphere. Three hours of great blues with a host of great names playing informal sets in four intimate venues for £12.50, with headlining acts including the driving electric blues of Gerry Jablonski Electric Band, and classic 50s ... + more ...

Hamish Stuart Band
To be rescheduled

One of Scotland’s real musical greats. The original lead singer/guitarist with The Average White Band through all the classic 1970s albums, Hamish has since worked with the likes of Diana Ross, George Benson, Chaka Khan, and for six years, Paul McCartney. Currently, in addition to touring with Ringo Starr he leads his own “super-group”, featuring some of the best musicians playing soul, funk ,and jazz today, along with his heart-winning ... + more ...

Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra with special guests Fergus McCreadie and Martin Kershaw

A rousing grand finale to Fergus McCreadie’s Aberdeen residency, as he joins the University Jazz Orchestra as featured soloist in a concert that shows off the best young talent in Aberdeen at the moment. Saxophonist Martin Kershaw joins the orchestra as a special guest. + more ...

Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Dinner Jazz Safari
To be rescheduled

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 guitarist Colin Black. The dinner venues are: Carmelite: Mary May & Alan King: Pop Meets Jazz plus a creative menu prepared by award winning chefs Molly’s Bistro: Colin Black ‘s Guitar Duo plus the best locally sourced ingredients Bistro Verde: Melodie Fraser & Adam Usmani plus serving fresh contemporary dishes with a Scottish ... + more ...

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Sandy Brown

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It is heartbreaking to tell you that our dear friend and colleague, Sandy Brown, owner of the Blue Lamp and genuine Aberdeen legend, died on April 21st in ARI from cancer. + MORE

Fergus McCreadie

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Now that we are in lockdown - check out this concert from Fergus McCreadie - our 2020 musician in residence. + MORE

Jazz On The Green 2020

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Thank you to all the audiences, musicians, staff and volunteers who attended Jazz On The Green and the first half of the 2020 Aberdeen Jazz Festival - we salute you. + MORE

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