Dundee Jazz Festival 2017 On Sale

Tickets for all Dundee Jazz Festival 2017 concerts are now on sale and you can purchase online, in person and on the phone from Dundee Rep.

Jaimeo Brown's Transcendence: Work Songs / Fergus McCreadie Trio
Dundee Rep, Thursday 16 November, 20:00, £15

Exuberantly inventive jazz - this year's Innovation winner at the Jazz FM Awards.
US Jazz drummer Brown is joined by Jaleel Shaw’s tenor sax and Chris Sholar 's guitar – whose collaborator credentials include Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Geri Allen, Bobby Hutcherson; Kanye West, Jay-Z, Robert Glasper, and D’Angelo – to present ‘Work Songs’, a rich storytelling of human struggle, survival and, ultimately, freedom. The music is cinematic in scope, weaving samples of legacy folk-recordings and hip-hop beats celebrating the human spirit with warmth, integrity and hope.

‘One of the most exciting, experimental, and important albums set to drop this year.’ (Vice).

'An imaginative contemporary artist with wide horizons and a game-changing jazz approach’ whose work is ‘a unique contemporary jazz venture fuelled by palpably passionate commitment to match its creators’ imagination and skill.' **** (The Guardian)

Scottish piano trio led by the sensational Fergus McCreadie open the concert, playing original music covering various styles ranging from hard bop to ECM style ballads.

Acoustic Blues: Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton / The Troublemakers
Dundee Rep, Friday 17 November, 20:00, £16.50

Jerron ‘Blind Boy Paxton’ is singlehandedly keeping the torch for original 1920s and 1930s acoustic blues alive and has been acclaimed as the most sensational newcomer in the blues in many years. He plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, piano and a handful of other instruments and mixes it all in the true songster tradition: ragtime, hokum, old time, French reels, Appalachian mountain music, blues and lots more.

The Troublemakers close the show. Blues’n’Trouble front-men, Tim Elliot and Sandy Tweeddale, together with bassist Lawrie MacMillian play a set of rollicking boogie and blues.

Becca Stevens Band / Luca Manning & Alan Benzie
Dundee Rep, Saturday 18 November, 20:00, £15

Acclaimed by The New York Times and heralded as the successor to Joni Mitchell, the Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, band-leader and multi-instrumentalist delivers spellbinding performances. Combining personally-charged songwriting and impassioned vocals, she draws upon elements of pop, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk from her native North Carolina to create vivid, adventurous arrangements of covers from Steve Winwood to Frank Ocean via Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.
A spellbinding Scottish duo playing impeccable standards open the concert. With Luca Manning – a phenomenal new voice with a luminous tone and expressive phrasing – and pianist, Alan Benzie.

The Mouse Outfit
The Reading Rooms, Friday 17 November, 20:00, £12.50, 18+

Fronted by UK hip-hop legend Dr Syntax and verbal acrobat Sparkz, this 9–piece band’s horn heavy and funk driven live show combines original grooves with medleys of classic hip-hop, b-boy and funk breaks spiced with jaw-dropping lyrical acrobatics. Their music combine lost classic sounds from the golden age of hip-hop, with soul, jazz and reggae influences. The Mouse Outfit’s eclectic style is tinged with some extremely tight jazz musicianship from an extremely talented band, giving their hip-hop a very old-school yet fresh vibe, making this collective a favourite of festivals and clubs throughout the UK.

“A slick combination of quality samples and fiendish beats. The smorgasbord of soul, jazz, funk and reggae influences… some of Britain’s most promising emcees” (UK Hip Hop).

Hamish Stuart Band featuring Molly Duncan
Gardyne Theatre, Wednesday 15 November, 19:30, £18

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”. Expect AWB hits and loads of great funk and soul classics, by a band that generates a truly ferocious groove and never fails to blow off the roof!

Grainne Duffy Band / Gerry Jablonski Band
Gardyne Theatre, Thursday 16 November, 19:30, £15

The hottest blues-rock concert in town!

Irish rock queen Grainne Duffy blends blues, soul, rock and Celtic influences into emotionally supercharged performances; delivered with a killer combination of passionate and raw vocal strength, range and intensity and guitar virtuosity, Grainne is ‘the real deal’ (Classic Rock Magazine).
Gerry Jablonski Band play high-octane blues, packed with killer riffs and striking solos. They blend blues roots with the influences of Classic Rock, delivering a powerhouse, blistering blues set from one of the tightest and hardest hitting bands on the current scene.

Vintage Jazz Night with Ali Affleck’s Copper Cats
Gardyne Theatre, Friday 17 November, 19:30, £12.50

THIS IS A RIOT! Edinburgh-based American singer Ali Affleck and the acclaimed Copper Cats band transport you to the prohibition era. Good time, swinging vintage jazz a mix of Tin Pan Alley, the Great American Songbook standards, and traditional New Orleans Blues as sung by Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey, Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey from ‘Stunningly expressive’ (San Diego Union Tribune) Ali Affleck and her all star band. ‘Music from another time and place, which puts smiles on the faces of the here and now’ (The Herald)

A Night With Ella
Gardyne Theatre, Saturday 18 November, 19:30, £18

Seonaid Aitken celebrates the songs of Ella Fitzgerald in her centenary year with The Groove Merchant Big Band. With special guest Sam West.

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. In today’s cluttered world, the beauty of hearing these great songs sung with the same clarity and freshness is an unalloyed pleasure, and so it is with Seonaid Aitken, the leading singer of her day, and the perfect one to celebrate Ella and the songs she made famous. Seonaid fronts the superstar young Big Band that’s turning all the critics heads, and introduces special guest, Sam West, to join her in celebrating Ella’s very special duets with Louis Armstrong. A stunning night of great tunes, great music, and inspiring performances! 

Nathan Bell
The Unicorn, Saturday 18 November, 14:30, £12.50

Tennessee-based singer and guitarist, rooted in blues and the music of the southern states, Nathan has reinvented himself as an extraordinarily hard hitting star of Americana. His recent album has won 5-star critical acclaim and he stole the show at Celtic Connections earlier this year.

Gruff and tender with a poet’s voice and a sincere sense of justice, counting Neil Young, Lightnin Hopkins, and Jack London as influences, his songs are stark reflections on the times we are living in, from the personal to the political.

“Gritty and authentic” – A Best of 2016 selection - The Telegraph
“He recalls River-era Springsteen” – R2 magazine
“Stand-out! Poetry is coursing through his veins” – Maverick magazine
“Really, really special” – Ricky Ross, BBC radio Scotland
“Tremendous” – American Roots UK
“An aural equivalent to Grapes Of Wrath, Sullivan’s Travels, or Michael Moore’s Roger & Me.” - Americana – UK magazine

Jazz In The Ferry
Various Venues, Sunday 19 November, 2-5pm, £12.50

The Sunday afternoon packed with top class musicians returns to Broughty Ferry with three hours of music across five intimate venues.

From big band and bebop to swing and vintage with a nod to fusion, funk, blues and soul the programme covers a broad spectrum of music and with a rover ticket you can roam from venue to venue and discover different music genres and atmospheres.

There’s something to please all tastes!