Norway at Aberdeen Jazz Festival

at Queen's Cross Church and The Blue Lamp

One of the biggest events on Aberdeen’s music calendar – and one of the biggest jazz events on the UK’s – the annual Aberdeen Jazz Festival has been bringing the sounds of big-name global artists and rising talents from around the world to an assortment of venues around the Granite City.


This year, the festival has invited three of Norway’s most accomplished jazz bands to join its stellar line-up.

On Wednesday 18 March, the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble plays Queen’s Cross Church – an appropriate venue given the religious intensity of their music. The group has been awarded a Spellemannprisen (Norway’s answer to the Grammys) for their work, which blends gospel, blues, folk, classical and jazz and has been blazing a trail across the worldwide festival circuit since the turn of the century. Led by the astonishingly talented Gustavsen on piano, the ensemble also features saxophonist Tore Brunborg, bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad. Together, they create an extraordinary musical universe of tender lyricism and hypnotic rhythms.

Ellen Andrea Wang

On Friday 20 March, energetic indie jazz band Pixel take to the stage at The Blue Lamp. Led by singer and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang, the group straddles the boundary between experimental jazz and modern rock, breaking down musical elements and incorporating improvisation to create startling new soundscapes. Wang’s rhythmically versatile vocals combine with Harald Lassen’s sax, Jonas Vemøy’s trumpet and Jon Audun Baar’s drums to make bold exploratory music that is both difficult to categorise and impossible to forget.

petter wettre

On Saturday 21 March, The Blue Lamp showcases one of the titans of Norwegian jazz: saxophone virtuoso Petter Wettre.  Fresh from the 2014 release of his 17th album, Wettre will perform with guitarist Hans Mathisen and drummer Paolo Vinaccia, treating Scottish audiences to a rare taste of his infectious, high-energy compositions. Wettre’s work has won several ‘Best Jazz Album’ awards and he has been named one of Europe’s top 10 musicians by Britain’s Jazz magazine.


The Blue Lamp

121 Gallowgate

Queen’s Cross Church

Albyn Place



Website and tickets


March 18 – March 21






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