Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more traditional Dixie and ragtime bands to up-and-coming stars, from big band concerts to Latin dance music. The EJBF comes the month after the Edinburgh International Film Festival and gets the August Festivals season going.
One of the highlights of the EJBF is the free Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the first Sunday, a New Orleans style, jazz-infused parade down The Mound to Princes Street Gardens. The family event includes live music and performances at the Ross Bandstand.
One of the main locations for many of the festival gigs is George Square Gardens where three old style marquees (Spiegel Tent, Bosco Theatre, and Salon Elegance) have been set up in a large, artificially turfed beer garden.
The Scottish Jazz Expo provides a platform for emerging and more established scottish jazz musicians, with musicians also travelling from both Europe and North America.