FROM TODAY: Dundee plays host to legends of jazz and blues

Dundee Jazz Festival is to thrill music fans with more performances than ever before.

The festival – featuring performers ranging from international stars to up-and-coming artists – will take place across various venues in the city from today until Sunday.

Organisers say that record sales in 2017 – particularly to a younger audience – have encouraged them to commit to extra events this time round.

Trumpeter Colin Steele will feature at this year’s festival.

Producer Agnese Daverio said: “The festival has a new look and feel.

“We’re also trying to attract a younger audience – jazz is becoming cool again.

“We’ve got jazz, blues, afropunk, swing and acoustics. There’s quite a mix compared with past years.

“There is so much variety on offer this year. At a time when the city is undergoing a massive transition, we’re at the front of the new Dundee.”

The festival will feature 25 acts at Gardyne Theatre, The Reading Rooms, Clarks on Lindsay Street, The Wine Press, The Underworld Cafe – which will be turned into a pop-up underground jazz club – DCA, the V&A and several venues in Broughty Ferry.

One of the highlights will be an appearance by 70-year-old American blues legend Otis Taylor, who is playing a UK exclusive gig in Dundee.

Agnese said: “It will be a mind-blowing show that you don’t get to see very often.”

Local musicians will also be featured in the line-up.

Scottish-American singer Alison Affleck

Dundee’s own Havana Swing, Gordon McNeil and Malcom MacFarlane will all take to the stage.

Another local star who will perform to hundreds of lucky concert-goers is singer, drummer and pianist Ciaran Roberts-Osterberg.

The 18-year-old former Grove Academy teenager, who was diagnosed with autism at a young age, was recently accepted to study at Berklee, the world’s premier music school in Boston, Massachusetts.

The grand finale of the festival will be the ever-popular Jazz In The Ferry, which will close the event on Sunday.

Ten bands will play over five venues in Broughty Ferry, which is being described as a “festival within a festival”.

The V&A will feature award-winning vocalist Alison Affleck, who will present her new show in an intimate setting at the Tatha Bar and Kitchen.

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