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Jazz performance held at Edinburgh Airport
18 Jul 2014

Edinburgh Airport has played a role in the launch of the latest Jazz and Blues Festival in the Scottish capital, by welcoming BANDAKADABRA , a brass band.

The gig was linked to the fact that the airport, where people can catch both domestic and international flights, is sponsoring the festival.

The 12-strong group of Italian musicians had their tuneful talents heard by thousands on July 17th at Edinburgh Airport.

Latino jazz was the order of the day for the informal morning concert, which went on for three hours and allowed visitors to sample the festival.

This is the second consecutive year that the Jazz and Blues Festival - running until July 27th this year - has been sponsored by the venue, which supports many different Edinburgh events.

It sponsors the Royal Highland Show and has a Community Fund for local causes, which gave out close to £100,000 during the course of 2013.

The producer of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Fiona Alexander, certainly appreciates the help, saying that the event is very pleased to partner with the airport for another year.

"We have hundreds of performers coming through the airport for concerts across Edinburgh from 18-27 July, and it’s fantastic to know they are so warmly received," she said.

Meanwhile, the airport's chief executive, Gordon Dewar, has said that festival season is an exciting period, with Edinburgh coming alive with comedy, dance, art and music.

"As a big jazz fan I’m very happy we could give our passengers a taste of what the city has to offer over the next few weeks.  There really is something for everyone," he said.

The chief executive also expressed his delight at the airport's support for the Jazz and Blues event and said it was encouraging people to experience the city at its best.

The airport recently became the first in Scotland to handle more than 10 million passengers over the course of one year-long period.ADNFCR-408-ID-801736353-ADNFCR

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