Aberdeen Jazz Festival, from 30 September

    Making up for time lost to the pandemic in March, the festival presents Espen Eriksen, Seonaid Aitken, Fergus McCreadie and others

    Alyn Cosker makes a splash

    The Aberdeen Jazz Festival runs 30 September to 10 October 2021, presenting 18 concerts at The Blue Lamp, Queen’s Cross Church, Spin, Revolution de Cuba, Lemon Tree and Aberdeen Art Gallery. Eleven of the concerts will be recorded for an online festival, where the complete shows will be available for a full week for a single ticket of £25.

    The lineup includes the Espen Eriksen trio; a salute to Bill Kemp; Seonaid Aitken, featuring five string players and saxophonist, Helena Kay; the leading Glasgow soul-funk-nu jazz group, Corto Alto; the brilliant Greek singer, Irini Arabatzi in duo with piano wunderkind, Fergus McCreadie; the piano, bass and drums of Trio Nadurra; a Lemon Tree party with Tom McGuire & The Brassholes; a celebration of big band and drummers with the Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra and Alyn Cosker; a new double-tenor band featuring two Scottish players, Matthew Kilner and Matt Carmichael; the danceable grooves of Funk Connection; and the soulful vocals of Niki King.

    The AJF is normally in March, but the 2020 festival was cancelled mid-event due to Covid-19 concerns. It appeared online in March 2021, and this event fills the live gap as soon as possible after easing of pandemic restrictions. Ticket prices range from £5 to £15, and are available, together with more details, from aberdeenjazzfestival.com.