Wednesday 15 March, 2017

Aberdeen University Jazz Band

Young Musicians showcase their talent at the Blue Lamp - with the Aberdeen Jazz University Jazz Band.  + more ...

Alison Affleck, Colin Steele and Graeme Stephen

A new trio making its Aberdeen debut in the intimate surrounds of the Carmelite Library. 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 ...

James Brandon Lewis Trio / Alan Benzie Solo
(£13 concessions)

Lewis is the sensational tenor sax player and vocalist/rapper from New York, who with his band (Luke Stewart on bass, Warren G. “Trae” Crudup III on drums)  are shaking up clubs and Festivals in Europe and the States with music of power and intensity, high energy and visceral excitement. Different generations will hear different references – Sonny Rollins, Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, Ornette Coleman’s Electric Band – but this is ... + more ...

Thursday 16 March, 2017

Aberdeen Music School + International School

Young Musicians showcase their talent at the Blue Lamp - with Aberdeen Music School & International School. + more ...

Charlie Wood

A rare solo outing for Memphis singer and pianist who mixes jazz, blues, soul, traditional r&b and popular music embodying hepcat worldliness and barroom empathy. “…The growl and moan of Eric Burdon, the otherworldly lilt of Donald Fagen, and the scorched majesty of Kurt Elling” (Jazz Times).  + more ...

Elliot Galvin Trio

Jazz at the Blue Lamp presents The Elliot Galvin Trio The multi-award winning Elliot Galvin Trio are embarking on a UK wide tour of their debut album ‘Dreamland’, after being named European Young Jazz Musicians of The Year 2014. Being hailed as “audaciously accomplished” by John Fordham (the Guardian) and “one of the strongest debuts from a UK artist” by Jez Nelson (BBC Radio 3, Jazz on 3), this promises to be an ... + more ...

The Excitements
£15 incl BF
(£10 concessions) / STANDING / 14+

"Hot, Hot, Hot Rhythm And Soul”. A heady cocktail of old school soul and authentic, gritty R&B, delivered straight from the hip with a whole lot of style and attitude. The Excitements kick on where Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner and James Brown left off in the 1960s, with an instantly classic sound and a rare vintage sensibility. Live, they’re a force of nature, with their vibrant lead singer ... + more ...

Friday 17 March, 2017

Aberdeen City Youth Jazz Band + Robert Gordon College

Young Musicians showcase their talents at the Blue Lamp - with Aberdeen City Youth Jazz Band & Robert Gordon College. + more ...

Curtis Stigers

One More For The Road The Songs of Frank Sinatra with The Ryan Quigley Big Band The timeless cool of Frank Sinatra and the robust swing of the Count Basie Orchestra made the perfect marriage of old-school pop and big band jazz in the 60s. Curtis Stigers has been bringing those worlds together in his own music for the last three decades, and now, with a top notch Big Band, he captures the ... + more ...

Brian Kellock Copenhagen Trio

The piano maestro has been back and forth to Copenhagen regularly, building a reputation for himself in one of Europe’s great jazz cities. He’s formed a Danish band that recently headlined at the world renowned Montmartre Club. Tonight, they debut in Aberdeen, with two of the giants of Danish Jazz: Jesper Bodilsen (bass) and Martin Andersen (drums). They play the same powerful swinging jazz that Brian loves his audiences to ... + more ...

Renegade Brass Band
£15 incl BF
(£10 concessions) / STANDING / 14+

“Hip-hop, funk, jazz and electronica backed with a riveting brass sound... one of the hottest live tickets in town”  (Exposed). Combining 8 horns with 2 percussionists, scratch DJ and live MC, The Renegade Brass Band mix funk, hip-hop and jazz with a raw brass sound to deliver formidable live performances. They are favourites at festivals like Soundwave Croatia, Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Tramlines. “Probably the best brass band working ... + more ...

Colin Steele Plays The Music of Miles Davis

With thrilling empathy, phenomenal solos and a driving musical energy, Colin Steele’s trumpet fronts a Quintet who cover the classic arrangements of Miles Davis’ seminal albums of the 50s and 60s, from “Milestones” to “Kind Of Blue”. + more ...

Saturday 18 March, 2017

The Blues Afternoon
Age Limit: 14+

Connie Lush Band, Gerry Jablonski Electric Band, Blues N Trouble. Three bands for the price of one!  Rocking and soulful rootsy sounds from the unforgettable voices of one of Britain’s foremost blues divas, Connie Lush. Aberdeen’s own guitarist, Gerry Jablonski plays crowd-pleasing high-octane blues, with one of the tightest and hardest hitting bands on the current scene. The iconic Scottish blues band, Blues N Trouble, play one of their final gigs ... + more ...

Trio Vein with special guest Rick Margitza

Vein is a very hot piano/bass/drums band, with “thrilling creativity” (Rolling Stone)””It grooves. It’s rubato. It’s fun.It’s ruminative. It’s exultant. Above all, it’s constantly surprising. It’s a treat” (London Jazz). And guesting with them tonight is one of the giants of contemporary tenor sax playing, Rick Margitza. When he played in Miles Davis’ classic 80’s electric group he brought intelligence along with passion and power. He’s a throwback to Wayne ... + more ...

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert

Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra & Aberdeen University Big Band The Ellington Singers / Guest Soloists: Jacqui Dankworth, Helena Kay, Richard Ingham and tap dancer Danielle Pirie.  Musical Director: Pauline Black / Choir Director: Kathleen Cronie A very rare performance of Ellington's wonderful "Sacred Music". Both serious and swinging the music is reverent and hip: encompassing jazz, classical music, choral music, spirituals, gospel, blues and dance. Ellington called it “the most important thing I have ever done”. Written ... + more ...

Rose Room with Laura MacDonald
£14 incl BF
(£13 concessions) / limited bar at venue

“Stupendous gypsy jazz, and a superb singer” (The Scotsman). The hottest ticket in Scottish jazz right now is for the classy vintage swing and gypsy jazz played by a band that combines brilliant musicianship with warm personality. Fronted by fiddle player and sophisticated songstress, Seonaid Aitken, Rose Room recreate the excitement of Rive Gauche Paris of the 30s and 40s with Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Brilliant musicianship, this is ... + more ...

£9 incl BF
(£4.50 concessions) / STANDING

The funk-masters know how to get the party started with their lyrically explosive, musically diverse, funk rock hybrid. Hailing from the Deep South of USA, Louisiana, and from busking on the streets of Glasgow, front man MC Ant Thomas fronts a band whose sound has evolved into a neo soul, rock, hip hop, acid jazz fusion with just the right amount of Funk. Their music delivers upbeat feel good vibe, ... + more ...

£11 incl BF
Age Limit: 18+ / STANDING

Back by popular demand after their sell-out concert last year – "one of the best bands in British music full stop" (BBC Radio Scotland). A mega instrumental collective Fat-Suit boast a line up of guitars, violins, keyboards, horns, bass, drums and percussion. Their fast-paced progressive mix of jazz fusion is full of driving drums, infectious horn lines, traditional airs and jigs and meandering synth. Compared to American fusion juggernaut, Snarky ... + more ...

Sunday 19 March, 2017

Jazz On The Green

Jazz on the Green is back after a show-stopping year in 2016. On Sunday 19th 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 eight stages for four hours, and the chance to hear at least seventee different bands! Click here to see the full programme THE VENUES: The Roof Garden @ St Nicholas Belmont ... + more ...

M&M: Marisha Addison & Morag McCall - Dinner Jazz

Two great blonde-bombshell vocalists deliver a programme of swing classics paying tribute to popular jazz composers and band leaders. They are joined by Jim Addison (keys), Peter Lowitt (bass) and Bill Kemp (drums). A great evening of jazz standards plus a two course dinner from the award-winning Carmelite chefs. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MENU Please call 01224 589101 to book.  + more ...

Bria Skonberg with Konrad Wiszniewski Quartet

“Bria plays trumpet like a red hot devil, and sings like a dream” (WallStreet Journal). The Brooklyn based Skonberg is wowing New York’s jazz establishment. Playing classic, hot New Orleans jazz and music of the swing era, infused with a contemporary feel, the vocalist and trumpeter is grounded in classic jazz and plays and sings in the tradition of greats like Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, but she ... + more ...

Ibibio Sound Machine
£15 incl BF
(£10 concessions) / STANDING / 14+

Mixing West-African funky seventies grooves with highlife guitar licks and deep synth electronica ibibio create a soulful gumbo that feels instantly familiar and yet also new and fresh. bubbling percussion, slinky bass lines, tight brass punctuation and wailing electronics produce full-fat-funk which propels you to your feet. Fronted by Nigerian Eno Williams, whose powerful voice and stage presence evoke Grace Jones. ibibio have conquered festival stages from Glastonbury to wilderness ... + more ...

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2018 Dates Announced

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