With a diverse and innovative programme showcasing the incredible music coming out of Scotland as well as some of the best international talent, the 2022 programme will entertain, excite, and stimulate with music ranging from 1920s traditional jazz to the here and now.
From Friday 15th - Sunday 24th July, the festival will feature:
- More than 130 events across the city
- 20 livestreamed and pre-recorded concerts, including an exclusive by SFJazz
- Mardi Gras – a celebration of music live from the Grassmarket
- 23 concerts supported by the Scottish Government’s EXPO fund
- Edinburgh Napier University Jazz Summer School
Famous acts performing
No other festival covers jazz and blues, across all the styles, with such depth and quality, and so many unique events. John Scofield, Yazz Ahmed Mud Morganfield and cover artist Nubya Garcia are just a few of the names in this year’s programme, who are set to bring their unparalleled artistry to stages across the city.
Some sorely-missed festival friends will be back on the Edinburgh stage, such as Jools Holland, Curtis Stigers, Blind Boy Paxton and festival favourite Davina and the Vagabonds making a welcome return.
This year’s international programme aims to open ears to the wider world of talent. At the heart of the programme is SPARK, a celebration of Italian jazz delivered in partnership with I-jazz and the Italian Institute. It features the artistry of Sade Mangiaracina, Francesco Zampini, international artist in residence Daniele Raimondi and many more. EJBF will also welcome artists from Belgium, including De Beren Gieren plus David Blenkhorn from Australia.
Festival regular Soweto Kinch brings a new programming voice to this year’s festival with BLAZE, a strand showcasing up-and-coming talent from the wider UK including Xhosa Cole, Blue Lab Beats, Rosie Frater Taylor and Scotland’s own Anoushka Nanguy.
Scottish jazz and new online addition
Scottish Jazz EXPO artists are the beating heart of the programme and feature an array of new and exciting bands, projects and commissions including Fergus McCreadie, Ali Affleck, Colin Steele and Martin Kershaw. The EXPO series also gives voice to the new wave of Scottish jazz including Richard Glassby, kitti, Conor Smith and Matthew Kilner.
A new addition to this year’s festival is the EJBF22 ONLINE programme, hosted in the brand-new EJBF Digital Hub. Across the 10 days, online audiences can watch from the comfort of home.
Free Mardi Gras and carnival
On top of the programme of concerts is the welcome return of the free Mardi Gras, which brings a party atmosphere as bands perform on multiple stages.
The Edinburgh Festival Carnival, Scotland’s largest and most flamboyant multicultural event, returns to the city centre streets with over 1,000 participants from across the globe.
Full programme and tickets
For the full details visit www.edinburghjazzfestival.com