Welcome to the Dundee Jazz Festival

We're delighted to announce the programme! Working again with the artistic direction of Alan Steadman, for this year's edition we’ve put together an adventurous programme.

From the music of the 1920’s to the music of the 2010’s, the Festival offers a huge range of high quality concerts across all jazz styles – with a special focus on female singers. Check out the concerts below.

Jazz In The Ferry will be back, with simultaneous gigs across five venues in the Ferry for three hours on Sunday 23rd November. Look out for Hot Club stylists, Havana Swing; a host of great saxophonists will be marking the bi-centenary of the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax; and more top female singers, including Alison Affleck and Cindy Douglas.

Don't forget to tune in on WAVE 102, where Alan Steadman will PREVIEW the Festival from 19th OCTOBER, every Sunday evening at 8PM.
 

Featured Artist

Rose Room + Cyrille Aimée Duo

Rose Room + Cyrille Aimée Duo

French swinging jazz and the French singer who is the hottest new name in New York. Wall Street Journal feted Aimée as the most promising jazz singer of the new generation: "a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm, and an overall approach that honours tradition but is not shackled to the past." 

Rose Room blend gypsy jazz with 1930s swing and are fronted by the sophisticated singing and violin playing of Seonaid Aitken. Inspired by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, “this music is to lift even the foulest of moods” (Acoustic Magazine).

Nov
19
20:00
£12 :: Gardyne Theatre
French swinging jazz and the French singer who is the hottest new name in New York. Wall Street Journal feted Aimée as the most promising jazz singer of the new generation: "a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm, and an overall approach that honours tradition but is not shackled to the past."  Rose Room blend gypsy jazz with 1930s swing and are fronted by the sophisticated singing and violin playing of Seonaid ... + more
Nov
20
20:00
The world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. Martin Taylor is a phenomenon. A musician who transcends his instrument; who can make a solo guitar fill a room like an Orchestra. Here he is reuniting for a very exclusive session, with accordion maestro, Jack Emblow, with Dundee’s own jazz star singer, Alison Burns – back in her home town after long touring in Asia and the USA. + more
Nov
21
20:00
£20 :: Gardyne Theatre
There’s no question about the hit of last year’s Festival. "It's incredible" is what audiences and critics say about the gold standard that this jazz master is setting in 2014. At 84, he's the bright front man he's always been, and he sets the musical quality bar on high. Apart from Wynton Marsalis, there's no-one playing classic jazz at this level. From New Orleans and traditional jazz hits like "Bourbon ... + more
Nov
21
20:00
£10 :: The Unicorn
Almost uncategorisable, Gabby’s unique perspective on the world around her is inspired as much by imagination as real events. She fronts a band who inhabit a magical musical fairground, which fuses globally-influenced folk, Balkan brass, jazz and swing in an aural antiques shop from the future to produce what has been affectionately dubbed Circus Swing.  A stunningly beautiful, often haunting set of songs that are a genre bending explosion of gypsy ... + more
Nov
22
20:00
£12 :: Gardyne Theatre
Classy, captivating and charismatic. “The most interesting jazz singer to appear in years” (The Telegraph) is making waves all over Europe with a reputation enhanced by MOBO nomination, heavy support from Gilles Peterson and sell out Festival appearances. Zara combines jazz sophistication with deep soulfulness, and has a fantastic band – very cool, very exciting. + more
Nov
23
14:00
£6 :: Various Venues - Broughty Ferry
Featuring a special “Saxophone” programme for the 200th Birthday of Adolphe Sax – with Havana Swing, John Burgess, Gordon McNeil, Alison Affleck, Cindy Douglas, The Big Easy, and many more Sunday 23rd, 2-5pm, Rover ticket: £6  Top class Jazz and Blues will be all over Broughty Ferry on Sunday afternoon, with a host of great names playing informal sets in five intimate venues. With a rover ticket you can roam from venue ... + more
Nov
23
15:00
£5 :: Gardyne Theatre Foyer
Featuring: Dyce Grooves, Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra &?Grove Academy Latin Ensemble Top young musicians from bands up and down Scotland are getting together in Dundee to rehearse and perform, and here they are with their final show. + more