The city will be swinging to the sound of jazz next month.
Aberdeen Jazz Festival kicks off on March 11 with more than 50 bands making a beeline to perform in the north-east.
Scotland’s second-largest jazz festival runs for 11 days at venues across the city.
It is sponsored by Aberdeen Inspired, Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland, which means the best performers from the region are joined by national and overseas talent.
Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Music Hall and the Blue Lamp are just some of the venues involved.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The line-up for the Aberdeen Jazz Festival is hugely exciting and Aberdeen Inspired is pleased to once again support this popular event.
“Jazz fans, locals and visitors to Aberdeen have a wide range of both local and fantastic international performers and groups to choose from, and this is also a great opportunity to enjoy everything our city centre has to offer, while supporting one of Scotland’s most popular jazz events.”
This year’s festival champions Scottish creativity and will feature performances from established acts and a lot of younger musicians who are making an impact nationally and internationally.
Hamish Stuart, the lead singer and guitarist with the Average White Band through the ’70s and ’80s, will be taking a break from touring with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr to bring his band to the Lemon Tree.
Chicago Blues guitarist Melvin Taylor brings his band to headline a driving blues guitar night at the Lemon Tree where he is also joined by Stevie Nimmo Trio.
Norway has produced a host of international jazz stars and the festival presents the Scottish debut for the Petru Popa Trio with guest Nils Olav Johansen.
Two musicians from New Orleans, Joplin Parnell and Ewen Bleach join Alison Affleck for her musical celebration of the Crescent City, with multiple groups and soloists on the bill.
The afrobeat-inspired rock-funk-psych 10 piece juggernaut of a band Agbeko will have the dancefloor packed at The Lemon Tree.
Keith MacRae, chairman of Aberdeen Jazz Festival, said: “We are excited to be able to focus on Scottish jazz and blues stars as well as inviting musicians from Norway and the US to perform at this year’s festival.
“We welcome the increasing number of exciting young players developing in Scotland and are delighted that the festival will reach young and old across the city.”
Musicians from Aberdeen also have a major part to play.
There will be performances from the young funk band Hamlet, Colin Black Trio and Funk Connection.
Marisha Addison presents a new project saluting Peggy Lee in her centenary year.
Pianist Steve Hamilton and guitarist Graeme Stephen both return to the city to lead their own bands.
Jazz On the Green, pictured left, takes place on Sunday March 15, with Carmelite, the Tunnels, Douglas Hotel, the Roof Garden at St Nicholas and Aberdeen Art Gallery among the venues hosting live music this time round.
An addition to the festival for this year is the West End Blues Trail with electric and acoustic blues bands performing simultaneously in 21 Crimes, McGinty’s, Glentanar Bar and Shack on Sunday March 22.
Headliners include Gerry Jablonski and Jed Potts.