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The 2011 Dundee Jazz Festival starts tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd.

Compared to some other Scottish festivals, there aren’t many concerts – one a night from Tuesday to Saturday – but they all look interesting and include one absolute scoop.

Tuesday 22nd

Only appearance outside London by the sensational saxophonist American saxophonist Tia Fuller with her all-female quartet. Fuller’s got a lot of publicity because she’s a member of Beyoncé’s band, but make no mistake about it, she’s a serious jazz talent. Rob Adams interviewed her in the Herald last week.

Wednesday 23rd

Martin Taylor and Woody Mann. Guitarists Taylor and Mann will play a solo set each then join forces for the last part of the concert.

Thursday 24th

Angela King. Singer King appears with a band which includes Brian Kellock on piano and Martin Kershaw on saxes.

Friday 25th

Havana Swing. Django-style guitar jazz.

Saturday 26th

Maggie Bell. Legendary Scottish blues singer (imagine a Glaswegian Janis Joplin) backed by leading Scottish blues band Blues ‘n’ Trouble.

The concerts are all being held in the Gardyne Theatre at 8pm. The theatre has a capacity of 400, but several of the gigs are sold out or nearly sold out already, so if you’re planning to travel up to see anything, check the festival website first and book online.

And just in case there’s still anyone around who thinks that women can’t play jazz, here’s the Tia Fuller Quartet. I reckon Dundee have pulled off a real coup by getting her.

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