The 2012 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (to give it its full name) starts this Friday and runs until Sunday 29th. As in the past few years, it features a fascinating mixture of international stars, local talent, intriguing looking double bills, and combinations put together specially for the festival.

There’s too much on to do more than pick out a few highlights here, but these caught my eye:

The Big Names

  • Doctor John (Saturday 21st)
  • The Bad Plus (Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th)
  • Jeremy Pelt (Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd)
  • Manhattan Transfer (Sunday 22nd)
  • Average White Band (Sunday 22nd)
  • Curtis Stigers (several appearances, apparently all already sold out)
  • Joshua Redman (Monday 23rd)
  • Kurt Elling with the Charlie Hunter Trio (Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th)
  • Marcin Wasilewski Trio (Thursday 26th)

Double Bills

  • Colin Steele Quintet and Konrad Wiszniewski Quartet (Saturday 21st)
  • The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman, plus the Jeremy Pelt Quintet (Monday 23rd)
  • Oscar Peterson Tribute Night, with the Brian Kellock Trio and the Dado Moroni Quartet (Monday 23rd)
  • Kyle Eastwood Band plus a solo set from Martin Taylor (Thursday 26th)
  • Colin Steele – David Milligan duo and the Enzo Favata Quartet (Sunday 29th)

Collaborations and Festival One-offs

  • Kevin MacKenzie – Loren Stillman Quartet (Saturday 21st)
  • Stevey Hay’s Shades of Blue with Brian Kellock and Spider McKenzie (Sunday 22nd)
  • Graeme Stephen – Maxime Bender Four with guest David Binney (Tuesday 24th)
  • “The Individualism of Gil Evans”: Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra directed by Tim Hagans
  • Laura MacDonald – Joakim Milder Group (with Mattias Stahl on vibes) (Friday 27th)
  • Ruaridh Pattison Norwegian Sextet (Friday 27th)
  • World Jazz Orchestra plays Duke Ellington, directed by Joe Temperley (Saturday 28th)

And there’s much, much more. It’s a pity train tickets from Glasgow to Edinburgh are so dear.