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The 3rd Fife Jazz Festival is on this weekend in venues across Fife. The festival presents a wide range of styles of jazz, from traditional jazz to contemporary trios via an assortment of big bands. Some of the highlights are:

  • Norrbotten Big Band with Peter Erskine. The renowned American drummer with what is apparently a very fine big band. Dunfermline on Friday, St Andrews on Saturday.
  • The Swedish trio of Fredrik Nordström (tenor), Palle Danielsson (bass) and Fredrik Lindqvist (drums). They’re all very fine players individually, and I reckon this could be very good indeed. St Andrews, Friday.
  • Colin Steele’s Stramash. Folk-jazz fusion. Also in St Andrews on Friday.
  • Acker Bilk. Glenrothes, Friday.
  • Swing 2010 with Brian Kellock. Django lives! In fact, he turned 100 last month. Strathmiglo, Saturday
  • Carol Kidd. Kirkcaldy, Saturday.
  • Angie King and Bruce Adams. Charlestown, Sunday.

Local musicians who are appearing include Calum Gourlay, Jonathan Cairney, the Fife Jazz and Youth Jazz Orchestras, and the New Columbians. The full programme, plus details of venues, times and prices, can be found on the Fife Jazz Festival web site. The Scotsman has an article about The New Columbians online which goes on to preview the festival in general.

Update, February 9th 2010

Rob Adams reviewed the Norbotten Big Band with Peter Erskine and the Fredrik Nordström Trio in the Herald.