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 with its old style marquees/spiegeltents in a large, artificially turfed beer garden.
The festival takes up residence during its run in the Teviot with the aim of making the large student union building a social hub of the jazz festival. As well as gigs, bars and cafes during the day, the Festival Club at Teviot is a late-night spot for live bands, DJs, jams, and dancing til 3am.