Current Programme

Please note: No advance tickets are available unless expressly stated, entry fees are paid as cash upon entry. We are unable to reserve seating/tables.


JULY


THE EDINBURGH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL 2019 (12th-21st)

Fri 12

6pm-7.30pm, £13.50, ages 5+   JOACHIM CAFFONNETTE TRIO AND SEXTET

February’s “Thrill” Festival in Edinburgh shone a light on the brilliant jazz coming out of the Brussels Jazz scene right now. Pianist Caffonnette is one of the leaders of a new wave of Belgian musicians steeped in tradition, with prodigious technique and a wish to combine sophistication with direct emotional power (and he’s a food writer and novelist too!). Tonight, he will present his beautiful Trio as well as an all-star Belgian/Scottish Sextet presented with co-leader Michael Butcher (tenor saxophone).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm10.30pm, £12, ages 18+   CORTO ALTO

Liam Shortall is a brilliant trombonist and one of the most exciting young musicians in Scotland. He’s a member of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Graham Costello’s STRATA, AKU, Tom McGuire & The Brassholes, Fat-Suit, and he’s on the stage in all the happening musical places. His new band is a nu-jazz collective blending sounds from Afrobeat, Hip Hop & Soul, backed by an integral jazz mindset and comprising some of Scotland’s finest young jazz talents: Cameron T Duncan (Trumpet), Mateusz Sobieski (Saxophone), Dan Brown (Keys), James Mackay (Guitar), Mark Hendry (Bass), Peru Eizagirre (Drums).

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £6/£5, ages 18+   THE AKI REMALLY PROJECT

Aki Remally fronts this 5-piece funk odyssey, featuring Jonny White on saxophone, rhythm section swagger provided by Jamie Graham and Tom Wilkinson, and the moog-tastic keyboard stylings of HLK’s Rich Harrold. A brand new band from The Jazz Bar’s resident Hero, Aki Remally, bringing in original tunes and fresh collaborations.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ!

Sat 13

5.30pm-7.30pm, £11, ages 5+   NADYA ALBERTSSON + HAMLET

Hamlet are a young jazz fusion collective from Aberdeen who mix classic modern jazz, from Herbie Hancock to Miles Davis with influences from Afro-beat, traditional Scottish music, rock and hip-hop into an exciting pulsing sound. Today’s show features long-time collaborator: the effortlessly beautiful voice of Swedish singer Nadya Albertsson.

Tickets available here.

8.30pm10.30pm, £12, ages 18+   GENERAL POST OFFICE

Off the wall, young band from Bergen, Norway, who make musical collisions that no-one else considered. Can you splice free improvisation and contemporary hard edge jazz with rough-as-guts blues? Yes. Does it sound extraordinary? Yes. Power, aggression, groove: Peter Brötzmann meets Howlin’ Wolf. Aksel Øvreås Røed (sax), Isach Skeidsvoll (piano), Torkil Hjelle (bass), Sigurd Steinkopf (drums).

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £6/£5, ages 18+   BOHEMIAN MONK MACHINE

6-piece funk band hailing from Perth bring you a night of high energy funk mania! Expect groove based original material and an array of covers and reworks ranging from the 60’s era of James Brown right through to the current sounds of Vulfpeck. “Perth Funk Pioneers” ~ Hollie Irvine (Discovery Music).

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

PLUS DJ THE SOUTHERN TENNANT

Sun 14

5.30pm-7pm, £12, ages 5+   MARK HENDRY: FRACTUS

After his amazing leadership debut at last year’s Festival, the double bassist returns with a new project featuring Irini Arabatzi (vocals), Bernadette Kellermann (violin), Matthew Carmichael (tenor saxophone), Greg Irons (drums). Hendry is probably the strongest jazz composer and arranger to have emerged in Scotland in recent years, and every new project must be regarded as an important milestone. How will fractus shape up? Jazz, with strong elements of folk, ambient and minimalism.

Tickets available here.

8pm-10pm, £13, ages 16+   ALAN BENZIE TRIO WITH KRISTOF BACSO

The pianist’s Trio is one of the finest in the country: at times, sensitive; other times, strident, but always lyrical, bright and positive. Benzie is inspired by impressionist classical piano music, Central-Eastern European traditional music and Japanese animation – perhaps a stange mix, but the result is super-exciting jazz, packed with explosive virtuosity, from a band that has a unique empathy. Tonight they are joined by the stellar saxophonist, Kristof Bacso, one of Hungary’s foremost jazz musicians.

Tickets available here.

11pm-12.30pm, £11, ages 18+   GIANNI DENITTO

The eclectic saxophonist’s roots are in classical music, flourish in the jazz world “and finally bloom in the synthesis of acoustic and electronic sounds”. He’s a formidable jazz saxophone player, who plays in many traditional jazz settings, but his unique concept is his solo show. Here, he creates soundscapes with live saxophone and electronics that cross different musical cultures and traditions, that evoke all kinds of atmospheres, from trance to dance.

Tickets available here.

1.15am-late (doors open 12.30am), £5/4, ages 18+   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped… hot vocals from Fiona Lynch, funky guitar from Aki Remally and dope grooves from Jim Drummond (drums) and Dougie Coulter (bass). Get involved.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Mon 15

6pm-7pm, £10.50, ages 5+   BERNADETTE KELLERMANN’S COLOURWORKS

The violinist is known as a member of Fat-Suit and Farrland, but with her own band she mines an exploratory path between folk and jazz music; exploring and reinventing the jazz/folk borderline with a strong sense of melody tied to improvisational adventure. “Very evocative and minimalistic” – BBC Radio Scotland. Fergus McCreadie (piano), Mark Hendry (bass) and Graham Costello (drums).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £12, ages 18+   THE JAZZ BAR BIG BAND

“A big, bombastic sound” (The Scotsman) from mainstays of the Edinburgh scene, this is the classic Monday night big band, where the best players in town come down for a blow. Great free-spirited music kept in line by Erik Lars Hansen and Keith Edwards.

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman).

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Tue 16

6pm-7.30pm, £11, ages 5+   BECC SANDERSON

Singer-songwriter Becc Sanderson performs songs of Billy Strayhorn, Radiohead, the White Stripes, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, plus originals of her own making and all with flowers in their titles. Exploring cabaret and the tradition of the torch song. With Graeme Stephen (guitar and effects), and Chris Greive (trombone and effects).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £11, ages 18+   BEN WILCOCK AND THE JELLY ROLLS

There is an inescapable sense of fun about this trio from New Zealand. Swinging like crazy, they radiate mischief as they take a dash of Harlem Stride and Fats Waller and mix it with big swing a la Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson. The resplendent Ben Wilcock takes centre stage on piano, joined by the effervescent John Rae on drums and the multi-instrumentalist Dan Yeabsley on double bass and saxophones.

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   101st AIRBORNE

Fat grooves, jazzy excursions, soulful vocals and bags of pocket from guitarist Aki Remally’s soul-funk four-piece band… with the baaaadest rhythm section in town supplying ALL of your Tuesday funk with a set covering everything from Funkadelic to Vulfpeck.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Wed 17

6pm-8pm, £12, ages 5+   SEDNA

In a world of extraordinary young musical talent, it takes something exceptional to stand out. Vocalist, Arabatzi, and drummer, Henderson, are not just great young musicians, they are amongst the best ever to come through the Scottish jazz scene. They are joined by Matt Carmichael (saxophone), Graeme Stephen (guitar) , James Lindsay (bass). This is a “spur of the moment” band. Agreed in a flash, these are musicians who respect each other hugely, and think they can come up with something very special incorporating folk influences from Scotland/Greece/ Brazil. EJBF exists to make magic moments like this.

Tickets available here.

9pm-10.30pm, £12, ages 18+   NIMBUS SEXTET

Marrying Afro-Cuban, West African & Balkan influences with modern jazz classics, post-bop and hip-hop, Joe Nicholls’ Nimbus Sextet offer an infectious approach to melody and groove and some classy ensemble playing and soloing. From hard grooving soul-jazz to world jazz crossover this is bright, infectious music making by an infectious young band: Joe Nichols (Keys, Piano & Harmonica), Mischa Stevens (Bass), Martin Fell (Alto & Soprano Sax, Clarinet), Alex Palmer (Drums), Euan Allardice (Trumpet), Manuel Brazuna (Guitar).

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   SWAMPFOG

Fat horns and heavy riffs, with a healthy serving of New Orleans grooves, from Tom Pickles’ 6-piece with sax, trumpet & trombone horns plus Jed Potts (gtr/voc), bass and drums: a mix of originals, classics and a few unexpected covers.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Thu 18

6pm-7.30pm, £12.50, ages 5+   TOM STEPHENSON TRIO/KEVIN MACKENZIE TRIO

Mackenzie’s beautiful guitar-bass-drums trio with Mario Caribe and Alan Cosker play with “an impeccably light and contemporary sound, weaving fresh, fragrant melodic lines around one another” (Jazzwise). “Absorbing… a winner…highly recommended (Jazz Views). Opening the concert, Stephenson makes his EJBF debut with his regular Trio of Mark Hendry and Greg Irons. They’re a different generation but still influenced by the same Metheny/Frisell/Abercrombie axis. Scotland meets middle America in sophisticated jazz land.

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £10, ages 18+   MUD IN YOUR EAR FEATURING GARY MARTIN

Authentic old blues styles, evoking back porch parties and Mississippi delta roots, with Richard O’Donnell and Alan Jones’s acoustic blues wizards, Mud In Your Ear, joined for this special gig by harmonica blues ace and classy vocalist, Gary Martin.

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   FUTURE HEROES

Superbly creative guitarist Aki Remally fronts this five-piece funk monster. Featuring Jonny White on saxophone, these guys will keep your feet moving all night long with the deep-funk rhythms of Scott Jamieson (drums) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

Fri 19

2pm-4pm, £6, ages 5+   ENUJSS CONCERT

Edinburgh Napier University Jazz Summer School. An opportunity to see and hear some jazz stars of the future as the summer school students (instrumentalists and vocalists) show off their newly acquired skills. Led by Dave Kane, Jessie Bates and Haftor Medbøe.

Tickets available here.

6pm-7.30pm, £11, ages 5+   TRIO MAGICO

A celebration of the Brazilian music of piano and guitar virtuoso, Egberto Gismonti, best known in Europe for his extraordinary ECM records, but widely regarded in Brazil as a composer of genius. Infectious rhythms and beautifully intense melodies are translated into vessels for inspiring jazz improvisation by Paul Harrison (piano), Mario Caribe (bass) and Stuart Brown (drums).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £10, ages 18+   AKU

They call it doom-jazz! AKU play a mix of hard hitting heavy rhythmical originals and covers of music by such as Shabaka Hutchings, Fela Kuti and Young Fathers! The experience can be cathartic: full on blowing, passionate soloing, and constant groove from three of Glasgow’s most exciting young talents: Harry Weir (tenor/baritone saxophone/effects), Liam Shortall (trombone/tuba/effects), Graham Costello (drums).

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   RAMBOOTAN

RAMBOOTAN are a young funk four-piece from Glasgow bringing funky vibes and neo-soul to the dancefloor. Featuring Jonathan Ip (vocals, guitar), Joe Nichols (keys, harmonica), Stefan Celosia (bass) and Peru Eizagirre (drums); expect fresh originals, tasteful covers and healthy sugars.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ!

Sat 20

6pm-8pm, £11, ages 5+   JAZZMAIN/IAN MILLAR AND DOMINIC SPENCER

The concert starts with beautifully crafted melodies and improvisations from Ian Millar’s soft lyrical tenor sax and Dominic Spencer’s deft and intricate piano touch. Then, a classic hard-blowing session in the best Blue Note tradition from JazzMain with pieces by Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, George Coleman, Tubby Hayes etc from Nick Gould (sax), Steve Grossart (keys), Iain Harkness (bass) and Kevin Dorrian (drums).

Tickets available here.

9pm-10.30pm, £11, ages 18+   STEVE HAMILTON QUARTET

The pianist is a star around the globe, renowned for his long-term associations with such as Bill Bruford and Billy Cobham. He’s an astonishing technician, a beautiful melodist, and an exciting improviser. Here’s a very rare outing for his all-star Scottish band.

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   NICOLE & THE BACKUP CREW

Lively and soulful blues party, paying homage to the most important women in blues history and featuring stunning singer Nicole Smit.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

PLUS DJ!

Sun 21

6pm-7.30pm, £11, ages 5+   CAT LOUD QUARTET

Mixing sharp-tongued biting wit with dusky torch singing, the singer delivers a repertoire of jazz standards and lesser known songs celebrating the women behind some of the finest songs in jazz, blues and soul to be recorded over the last fifty years: Billie Holiday, Julie London, Chet Baker and Melody Gardot. “A perfect nightcap” (Graham Norton).

Tickets available here.

8.30pm-10.30pm, £11.50, ages 18+   ORION ALL-STARS

An Afrobeat-ElectroJazz-DrumNBass-Funk-Fusion-HipHop collective inspired by Sun Ra, Flying Lotus, Jaga Jazzist and Outkast, Saxophonist, Harry Weir’s new band play their own explosive material, as well as covers of prominent black musicians ranging from Childish Gambino to Sun Ra, with an “interstellar” line-up: Cameron Thomson-Duncan (trumpet), Liam Shortall (trombone), Harry Weir (tenor & bari Sax), John Patton (guitar), Mark Hendry (bass), Greg Irons (drums).

Tickets available here.

11pm-1am, £7, ages 18+   LATE NIGHT AT THE JAZZ BAR: THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

The classic after hours blow takes place nightly (excluding Sunday 14th July) in the intimate surrounds of The Jazz Bar. Led by an outstanding house trio, all kinds of surprise guests might drop in to play in this ‘open stage’ jam. If you would like to participate, bring your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players. Presented by The Jazz Bar and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.

1.30am-late, £5/4, ages 18+   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped… hot vocals from Fiona Lynch, funky guitar from Aki Remally and dope grooves from Jim Drummond (drums) and Dougie Coulter (bass). Get involved.

No advance tickets available, payment upon entry only.


Mon 22

5.30pm-7.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MOON-DAY CHESS

Paying homage to the very first Jazz Bar Teatime Acoustic sessions which began with a group of Edinburgh chess enthusiasts playing to the backdrop of ambient acoustic instrumental guitar.

Sunday Hot Tin Roof resident, Andy Challen provides a backdrop of nostalgic instrumental songs, played on a classical guitar: Jazz, Blues, Classical and Pop – including songs by Davey Graham, (lots of) Francisco Tarrega, Bach, Beethoven, and many more.

8pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

11.30-2.30am £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 23

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm: John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

Acoustic/Electric Blues by singer/guitarist John Hunt – and check out his amazing hand-built guitars! ‘Gritty, Funky Boogie-Woogie from a master of blues slide-guitar’ – Evening News

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

Open Stage ‘Jazz Jam’ where our excellent House Trio backs all kinds of surprise jazzy guests dropping in to play – and we’ve no idea who’s coming in until tonight! If you want to play, turn up with your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players

12-2.30am £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Fat grooves, jazzy excursions, soulful vocals and bags of pocket from guitarist Aki Remally’s soul-funk four-piece band… with the baaaadest rhythm section in town supplying ALL of your Tuesday funk with a set covering everything from Funkadelic to Vulfpeck.

Wed 24

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit, and a Guitar. With a swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ANDY GUNN

Andy can articulate the blues like no other and his optimism, style and astounding talent ensure his performances are electrifying, uplifting and unforgettable experiences. From supporting Buddy Guy at The Queen’s Hall, jamming with Albert Collins and backing Geno Washington at the first Belladrum Festival, Andy’s career has led him to play alongside some of the best soul and blues acts in the world and returns to the Jazz Bar for a special one night only performance, not to be missed!
‘Exceptionally fine guitarist’ – Uncut Magazine
‘a great lost Scottish talent and one of our finest ever blues players’ – Medicine Music
‘Supplying some of the spikiest shards of funk blues since Hendrix’ – Scotland On Sunday

12-2.30am £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Horn-heavy swamp-funk, mixing up New Orleans grooves with some hard hitting riffs, feat. Jed Potts (guitar/vox), bass, drums plus a trumpet/sax/trombone horn section.

Thu 25

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HENRY IBBS – Teatime Acoustic

Expect a mixture of tunes: traditional, original and cover versions (with more than a dash of Scouse!) from well-known singer/songwriter Henry Ibbs.

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5 (Players don’t pay!)  GROOVE THURSDAYS

The Jazz Bar’s all new, all-inclusive jam session. On the last Thursday of every month, Jazz Bar residents Aki Remally, Jed Potts and Rob Harrison welcome any and all musicians, genres and abilities to the Edinburgh music scene for an evening of funky tunes and the opportunity to meet artists of all shapes and sizes!

12-2.30am £4/£3   FUTURE HEROES

Superbly creative guitarist Aki Remally fronts this five-piece funk monster. Featuring Jonny White on saxophone, these guys will keep your feet moving all night long with the deep-funk rhythms of Scott Jamieson (drums) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 26

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MPG ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

Three of Edinburgh’s finest singer/songwriters, Mike MacFarlane, Paul Montague and Graeme Mearns present fabulous (and occasionally anarchic!) musical entertainment, each week featuring specially invited guests.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   BOPTIMISM

‘Hard Bop’ swinging arrangements by Keith Edwards (sax), Campbell Normand (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Aldo Morrow (drums). Their sets include original compositions, some rarely heard jazz tunes, and pieces by British Jazz legends Tubby Hayes, and Scots trumpet legend Jimmy Deuchar.

12-2.30am £6/£5   POWER RANGERS

Four of the heaviest hitting performers from Edinburgh’s underground funk family – The Chambers Street Collective (CSC). For one night only, see four top band leaders lock in to form a mighty musical beast. It’s like Power Rangers, except with funk. Super, dirty funk! Featuring Mike Kearney (Keys, Vox), Aki Remally (Guitar, Vox), Dougie Coulter (Bass) and Davide Rinaldi (Drums).

PLUS DJ JIM BATHGATE

Sat 27

2pm-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

Hot swinging jazz from Alan Anderson (piano), Jimmy Taylor (bass/vocals) and Dave Swanson (drums).

5.30pm-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   THE TAHP

Classic songs and little-known gems. Beautifully rendered. The duo of Susanna Macdonald (voice) and Kevin Barrett (guitar) perform a collection of jazz standards, pop classics and folk songs, with an emphasis on Scottish and Canadian composers. Known collectively as ‘The TAHP’ (Trans-Atlantic Happiness Project), they perform regularly in Edinburgh and Toronto. Susanna Macdonald is a singer/songwriter based in Edinburgh, with a voice as clear as a bell, and a knack for beautiful phrasing. Kevin Barrett is a guitarist, producer and composer based in Toronto, Canada, known as a passionate soloist, a first-rate accompanist, and a versatile and creative side musician. Susanna and Kevin met in Edinburgh’s famous Sandy Bell’s pub several years ago, and perform together whenever geography and circumstance permit.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

Every Saturday, a different hand-picked selection of five excellent jazz players meets on stage for the first time (hence the name) – and plays with no rehearsal, and not even a set list! It’s always a ‘surprise’ line-up – even for the players.

12-2.30am £6/£5   THE VIOLENT MOOD SWINGS

Come and get Moody with The VMS in one of the best live music venues in town! With Baz Simpson (Lead Vocals / Guitar), Ru Morrison (Bass), Paul Dennington (Backing Vocals / Drums), Alex Riach (Fiddle / Backing Vocals), Danny Appolinari (Lead Guitar) and Phil Ramsay (Trumpet / Morrocan Horn). “The Doors meets Social Distortion”- Lach

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sun 28

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

Stripped-back atmospheric Blues/Soul from Andy Challen (guitar/voc) and Gavin Jack (slide guitar), AND loads of Swing/Blues Dancers on the dancefloor!

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ALI AFFLECK’S SUNDAY SPEAKEASY SESSIONS

Celebrate a wild night in the classic ‘speakeasy’ style. Authentic hot-roots blues and prohibition-era jazz from award-winning vocalist Ali Affleck bringing together local-legend jazzers with her bands Bedlam Swing and The Gin Mill Genies. Cheeky Creole and French tunes with spicy New Orleans vibes from Scotland’s favourite swing dancing bands!

12-2.30am £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped… hot vocals from Fiona Lynch, funky guitar from Aki Remally and dope grooves from Jim Drummond (drums) and Dougie Coulter (bass). Get involved.

Mon 29

5.30pm-7.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MOON-DAY CHESS

Paying homage to the very first Jazz Bar Teatime Acoustic sessions which began with a group of Edinburgh chess enthusiasts playing to the backdrop of ambient acoustic instrumental guitar. Sunday Hot Tin Roof resident, Andy Challen provides a backdrop of nostalgic instrumental songs, played on a classical guitar: Jazz, Blues, Classical and Pop – including songs by Davey Graham, (lots of) Francisco Tarrega, Bach, Beethoven, and many more.

8pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

11.30-2.30am £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 30

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm: John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

Acoustic/Electric Blues by singer/guitarist John Hunt – and check out his amazing hand-built guitars! ‘Gritty, Funky Boogie-Woogie from a master of blues slide-guitar’ – Evening News

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

Open Stage ‘Jazz Jam’ where our excellent House Trio backs all kinds of surprise jazzy guests dropping in to play – and we’ve no idea who’s coming in until tonight! If you want to play, turn up with your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players

12-2.30am £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Fat grooves, jazzy excursions, soulful vocals and bags of pocket from guitarist Aki Remally’s soul-funk four-piece band… with the baaaadest rhythm section in town supplying ALL of your Tuesday funk with a set covering everything from Funkadelic to Vulfpeck.

Wed 31

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit, and a Guitar. With a swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

12-2.30am £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Horn-heavy swamp-funk, mixing up New Orleans grooves with some hard hitting riffs, feat. Jed Potts (guitar/vox), bass, drums plus a trumpet/sax/trombone horn section.