Big names, big sounds for the Dundee Jazz Festival
Musicians from New York, Florida and Buenos Aires will join guests from across the UK as the Dundee Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.
The Festival takes place in venues across the city from Wednesday November 2 through Sunday November 6.
Headlining a UK-exclusive appearance by Brooklyn-born soul sensation Akie Bermiss, backed by funk, jazz and Big Apple rhythm and blues, the Huntertones, the festival takes on a five-year residency. nights at the Gardyne Theatre.
Described as continuing in the best traditions of Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, Bermiss is a singer with a big personality. Her Thursday concert will be flanked in Gardyne Auditorium by music, song, dance and drama.
Strictly Big Bands will light up the stage on Wednesday with two jazz bands performing hits from the big band era.
They are joined by special guest, resident drummer of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the highly experienced Alyn Cosker, who has conducted the music of swing greats including Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.
The Vintage Girls’ Orchestral Spectacular kicks off the weekend Friday with the voices, colors and spice of tight harmony.
Best Jazz Pianist
The best Scottish jazz pianist Brian Kellock, the accompanist of choice for American stars including singer Sheila Jordan and saxophonist Scott Hamilton, revisits George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on Saturday.
It is accompanied by a string ensemble arranged and conducted by violinist and radio host Seonaid Aitken.
Then, on Sunday, Floridian Apphia Campbell returns to jazz icon, singer-pianist and social activist Nina Simone through her stage character Mena Bordeaux in Black Is the Color of My Voice.
Bonar Hall, scene of many great jazz concerts in the 1980s, welcomes future stars on the afternoon of Sunday 6 when saxophonist Tommy Smith presents the current incarnation of his Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the orchestra has produced dozens of musicians who have gone on to professional careers.
The class of 22 maintains this high standard by playing the music of jazz masters Miles Davis, Woody Herman, Benny Golson and Chick Corea.
The greats of jazz together
Chambers East hosts an old festival friend on Thursday the 3rd.
London guitarist Jim Mullen, who brought jazz-funk sensation Morrissey-Mullen to town on several occasions in their heyday, joins his longtime friend, local saxophonist Gordon McNeil’s band in a dedicated session, among others, inspired by Mullen, Wes Montgomery and McNeil’s heroes, Michael Brecker and Bob Berg.
Shetland-born saxophonist Norman Willmore brings a new band influenced by Shetland fiddle traditions and Scandinavian roots to Hunter S Thomson on Friday the 4th, followed later that same night by the energetic funk of Glamor & the Baybes.
Glasgow famed singer kitti and Dundee’s Millhouse Collective play the early and late gig respectively at Hunter S Thompson on Saturday 5th and top blues guitarist Gerry Jablonski faces The Electric Band at Church Dundee on Thursday 3rd.
With the Gil Scott Heron Songbook honoring another festival guest at the Gardyne Theater on Thursday 3 and Argentine piano star Lucas Ferrari joining vintage jazz specialist Ali Affleck at 3 Session Street on Sunday 6, the festival covers a variety of styles from jazz.
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