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Top national and international talents are being gathered to play one of the UKs premier jazz festivals this Spring. Organisers of the Aberdeen Jazz Festival have secured a highly impressive roster of artists for next years event, which takes place over five days between the 7th- 11th March, with broadcast coverage from BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3.

Leading lights of the contemporary jazz scene Polar Bear and the Neil Cowley Trio lend a real cutting edge to the line-up. Polar Bear are the hottest band in London, creating a massive stir with their brand of free jazz and punk. The Neil Cowley Trio have been lauded from pillar to post for debut album Displaced, with Jazzwise calling the group thrilling, dynamic and distinctive, and Time Out claiming that Cowley will be British jazzs next poster boy.

Set to grace the festival for the first time is the internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor who has been described as the acoustic guitarist of his generation" by America's Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Taylors inimitable style has seen him recognised as the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.

Other highlights include the effervescent BBC Big Band with the velvet-voiced Elaine Delmar, New Yorks pre-eminent vibraphonist Joe Locke, and from Scandinavia the jazz guitar virtuoso Ulf Wakenius, multi award-winning saxophonist Jonas Kulhammar, and the first lady of Swedish jazz Victoria Tolstoy.

Home grown acts come in the form of leading Scottish trumpeter Colin Steele, who will be joined by an all-star band of players to reproduce the music of Miles Davis, and world-famous Scottish sax star Tommy Smith. Add some South American rhythms courtesy of Venezuelan pianist Leo Blanco to the mix, along with a cool blast of acid jazz from Chicago by way of Orange Alert, and the Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2007 will truly be catering for the taste of all jazz lovers.

The festival is also a strong supporter of aspiring new talent. A performance by the award-winning pianist Gwilym Simcock, the first ever BBC Radio 3 New Generation Jazz Artist, will be broadcast live to the nation, and a number of instrumental workshops providing expert tuition for hundreds of music students will also be available.

Spread over five venues in this vibrant and diverse Scottish city, the festivals rapidly growing reputation shows no signs of slowing.

Please e-mail stephen@jazzaberdeen.com for further information.

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To compliment whats happening at the illustrious Abdn Jazz Festival playing The Tunnels on Sat 31st Mar as part of a 3 band touring line-up to be announced on Aberdeen Music soon is:-

Fulborn Teversham

are the mindblowing new group of Seb Rochford, the extraordinarily in-demand and prolific drummer/composer, leader of Mercury Music prize nominees Polar Bear, and winner of BBC Jazz award for Rising Star 2004. The line-up also includes Pete Wareham (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear) on saxophone, Nick Ramm (Cinematic Orchestra, Clown Revisted) on keyboards, and vocalist Alice Grant (also with Leafcutter John). The group pursues a more eclectic, less overtly jazz direction than Polar Bear, incorporating elements of electronica, Henry Cow-style prog and post punk. With clever balancing of cosmic and acoustic sounds, Fulborn Teversham offer up an intimate and thrilling futuristic improvisational post-jazz, post-punk chamber music. Their debut album, 'Count Herbert II' is available now from Pickled Egg.


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