Jazz festival’s new home

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The Dundee Jazz Festival returns with a new home – running from Tuesday, November 22 to Saturday, November 26.

Over five nights at the city’s recently re-opened Gardyne Theatre, the new jazz festival will present some very hot jazz and blues, featuring a host of leading Scottish and international musicians.

The idea of the new festival, which has local jazz DJ Alan Steadman involved as programmer for the first time, is to bring back the excitement of the festival’s heyday.

An impressive programme has been put together, and to introduce the music-loving public back to the festival organisers have decided to make the ticket prices rock bottom. international stars are going to be at the Gardyne at bargain prices. No ticket will cost more than £10!

The programme speaks for itself: US saxophone star, Tia Fuller, kicks off the festival with her big swinging, bop-based all-female band from New York. Widely regarded as the leading solo guitar player in the world, Martin Taylor’s technical facility and musicality are so natural, his music seems the work of a genius. He shares the bill with the American blues finger-picking guitar star, Woody Mann, who made a sensational appearance at Alan Steadman’s Hospitalfield club in Arbroath earlier this year. They’ll play together at the end of the concert in a very rare duo.

Angela King is the new sensation of the vocal jazz scene. Oozing style and musicianship, she’s got great range and timing and is capable of surprising audiences on even the most well-known tunes. Havana Swing are the five-piece band that breathes fire into the music of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club de Paris.

Maggie Bell is back in Dundee to bring the festival to a climax. The Scottish blues singer is a legend from her early Glasgow years with Stone the Crows, and a solo career in which her album, “Queen of the Night” made her a global star.

Blues ‘n’ Trouble have been Scotland’s leading blues band for over two decades. Fronted by harmonica player/vocalist, Tim Elliott, they’re the perfect match for Maggie’s blues/rock. Tickets from the Gardyne Theatre Box Office in Dundee City Square, www.dundeebox.co.uk or 01382 434940. Student tickets, just £2, from the Box Office.