This Monday, Jazz on 3 makes its first
trip to the Edinburgh Festivals
and I’m delighted to be presenting a live broadcast from the BBC’s big, blue
tent in the heart of the city.
On the bill are three local bands featuring the cream of the Edinburgh scene, plus a special festival guest who you might not associate with jazz.
Kicking the night off are Trio HSK, one of the most exciting young ensembles to have emerged in the last year. They’ve captured the imagination with their twister-like rhythmic lines and crunchy harmonies, combining unusual versions of familiar tunes with original material.
Coming in from left-field are the avant-garde Edimpro collective. Tonight they materialise in quintet form, freely improvising with an array of reed instruments and electronics. All I can say is that the soundscapes they produce are anything but conventional and may leave you thinking that they sneaked some more members in to the band when nobody was looking!
We end with something of a supergroup - three of the leading lights on the Scottish scene have decided to pool their talents in new band Playtime Trio. Actually there will be four musicians on stage as saxophonist Martin Kershaw, drummer Tom Bancroft and guitarist Graeme Stephen are joined in this performance by guest trombonist Chris Greive.
Tune in to BBC Radio 3 at 11pm on Monday 18 August to enjoy the music and find out who our mystery guest is!
Kevin Le Gendre
Jazz on 3, Monday nights at 11pm on BBC Radio 3: www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazzon3
Find out more about the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: www.bbc.co.uk/edinburghfestivals