‘We go every year and always have a great time. Love live music and there is always a fantastic mixture of styles to enjoy.’
– Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival Facebook Review
City Venues, from Pubs to Theatres
When the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival first began, it was the city’s pubs that hosted the talented musicians. The free sessions grew in popularity and it wasn’t long before larger venues were required to accommodate fans. So, over the years, it introduced new ticketed events at venues including jazz clubs and concert halls. Today, many well-known venues across Edinburgh host jazz performances and concerts throughout the summer. These include Festival Theatre, Rose Theatre, The Jazz Bar, and Spiegeltent on George Square. There are still plenty of free jazz performances to enjoy. Mardi Gras Edinburgh is usually at the Grassmarket in the Old Town, and Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place at Princes Street Gardens. For central Edinburgh Festival accommodation, check out our special offers at Parliament House.
Artists from near and far
Over the years, live jazz in Edinburgh has attracted music enthusiasts, artists and musicians from all over the globe. The festival’s reputation has spread and its stages have been graced by superstars. Regular artists have included Buddy Tate, Warren Vache and The Black Eagles Jazz Band. At past festivals, Edinburgh’s venues have hosted the likes of Clare Teal, Curtis Stigers and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.