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Javi’s Journals – The Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2017


Welcome to Javi’s Journals, at Aberdeen International Youth Festival!

Staying in Aberdeen in mid-March is arguably one of the best times to be in the Granite City. The arrival of the ‘Spring’ after hibernating during the dark winter, starting to notice how days are getting longer, enjoying some mild temperatures… And, above all, the Aberdeen Jazz Festival.

Combining quality and variety to please every different musical taste, there is something for everybody at the Aberdeen Jazz Festival. Whether you like a more ‘classic’ jazz with trios, quartets, or big bands, or you enjoy soul, blues, funk, world music, or even hip-hop, you will find it here.

But the diversity was not only musical, but also geographical, with artists from Aberdeen, other parts of Scotland and UK, as well as the rest of Europe, Africa and America. Some included: Curtis Stigers, Renegade Brass Band, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Bria Skonberg with Konrad Wiszniewski Quartet, The Excitements, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, Fat-Suit, Ibibio Sound Machine, or Brian Kellock Copenhagen Trio.

17309441_1154541701323943_8848448882838338936_nEnjoying a concert at The Blue Lamp. Photo: Stewart Mitchell.

Like at any festival, it is not possible to attend every gig, but I tried my best! One of my favourites was Renegade Brass Band, at The Lemon Tree. Really original and energetic, it was a great live performance impossible to label, mixing hip-hop with jazz, funk and many other styles AND I had the pleasure to interview them during their performance break … check out the interview in the video above!

I have to shout out about The Jazz on the Green, celebrated on Sunday afternoon, The Jazz Festival’s last day. This is without a doubt, one of the most impressive events organised in the North East of Scotland – 29 gigs in 8 venues (3 outdoor, 5 indoor), for 4 hours non-stop… all of it for FREE! And it was even sunny!

17342967_1154542444657202_7798790632152942049_nThe Excitements, at The Lemon Tree. Photo: Stewart Mitchell.

Again, the variety of the artists made it impossible not to find something for you, with bands such as Jambouree, Brass Gumbo, DopeSickFly, Full Fat, or Mike Whellans.

It was such a sensation to see so many people enjoying the music, the good vibes and the sun… A memorable day for Aberdeen. It’s a pity that we have to wait a whole year to experience it again!

17351997_1153694211408692_1809166266036245519_nThe James Brandon Lewis Trio, at The Blue Lamp. Photo: Stewart Mitchell.

BUT we always have the the Aberdeen International Youth Festival to look forward to !

I hope you enjoyed the post and the video! You know where to find the next Journal, at Aberdeen International Youth Festival website and social media.

See you!


Javi’s Journals blog is written by Javier Buron, working as a volunteer at Aberdeen International Youth Festival from February 2017.

Javier moved to Aberdeen in 2015 to complete his studies with the MSc Corporate Communication and Public Affairs at Robert Gordon University, after his BA in Journalism at Valladolid, Spain. He worked as a guitarist for six years and as a journalist in Spain before coming to Aberdeen to study.

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