Scotland’s first major jazz festival of the year, the Fife Jazz Festival, takes place this weekend at a variety of venues across Fife.

Highlights include:

Friday 3rd

  • Dunfermline. “Be a Hobo – the music of Moondog”, presented by two different bands: the newly-formed (and cheekily-named) Art Ensemble of Fife, featuring Ruaridh Pattison, Kim Macari and Calum Gourlay; and a poppier outfit put together by Duglas T Stewart (of the BMX Bandits) and Davie Scott (of the Pearlfishers).
  • St Andrews. The Joe Temperley Quartet featuring Dan Nimmer. Legendary Fife-born baritone sax player returns to his home county, with a band which features fellow Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra member Dan Nimmer on piano.

Saturday 4th

  • Anstruther. Afternoon gig by Brass Jaw.
  • Dunfermline. Maggie Bell and Blues & Trouble. Rocking blues from the veteran singer, who’s backed by one of Scotland’s top rhythm’n’blues bands.
  • Kirkcaldy. Joe Temperley and the Fife Jazz Orchestra.
  • St Andrews. Kyle Eastwood Quintet. Fine post-bop bassist leading a band of Quentin Collins (trumpet), Graeme Blevins (saxophones), Andrew McCormack (piano) and Troy Miller (drums).

Sunday 5th

  • Freuchie. Mario Caribé’s Jazz Crusaders Timemachine. Afternoon gig paying homage to the music of the (Jazz) Crusaders.
  • Auchtermuchty. Martin Taylor and Jack Emblow. Guitar and accordion duo, accompanied by Euan Burton on bass.
  • Dunfermline. The Kyle Eastwood Quintet and Dan Nimmer share a bill.

That’s only a selection. The full programme, and details of venues, prices etc. are on the Fife Jazz Festival website. I believe some concerts are already sold out.

And aren’t you impressed that I’ve mentioned Kyle Eastwood twice without saying who his father is?