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


JANUARY & FEBRUARY


Wed 22

3.30pm-6.30pm Free   EUJO – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra get their music together.

7pm-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 £7/£6   PAUL DUNLEA – FOUR CORNERS

The premier of a suite of music written by MD of the New Irish Jazz Orchestra, Irish trombonist Paul Dunlea. The music draws inspiration from and reflects the turbulence and legacy (both positive and negative) of the Irish War of Independence and explores how its echoes reverberate through the political climate today. Dunlea is joined by an ensemble of world class musicians in Michael Janisch (double bass), Steve Hamilton (piano) and Andrew Bain (drums). “A thoughtful and sensitive composer, with a gift for blending instruments to paint pictures in sound” – The Irish Independent

12.15am-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 23

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-11.30pm £6/£5   KEVIN BARRETT & FRIENDS

The wonderful Canadian guitarist Kevin Barrett is back in town following a hugely busy Edinburgh Fringe season! Tonight, the group will perform a mix of instrumentals alongside some American Songbook ballads and swing. With Kevin will be Colin Steele, Roy Percy, Fraser Urquhart and Ali Affleck.

12.15am-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 Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 24

6.30pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MEGAN D

Megan D is a singer/songwriter from Edinburgh who has been writing and performing her own music for over 8 years. She has toured the UK and Europe and supported the likes of Rae Morris, Lucy Rose and KT Tunstall. After releasing her debut EP ‘Out in the Ocean’ in 2017, produced by Billy Kennedy and Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit, Megan D received local and national radio play as well as accumulating over a million streams on Spotify.

9pm-11.30pm £7/£5   THE BEBOP CONSERVATION SOCIETY – BIRD AT 100

This new group is the brainchild of saxophonist Stewart Forbes and celebrates the music of the great altoist Charlie ‘Yardbird’ Parker in this the centenary year of his birth (1920).   ‘The Bebop Conservation Society’ is a collective of some of the greatest modern jazz musicians living and working in the U.K. The group celebrates the library of the 3 main Charlie Parker quintets, with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Red Rodney.   The repertoire includes ‘Shaw ‘Nuff’, ‘Bebop’, ‘Dizzy Atmosphere’ and ‘Dewey Square’, ‘Donna Lee’, ‘Moose the Mooch’, ‘Relaxin’ at Camarillo’ amongst others. Featuring Stewart Forbes (sax), Bruce Adams (trumpet), Brian Kellock (piano), Tom Gordon (drums), and Ed Kelly (bass).

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   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

PLUS DJ

Sat 25

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 £6/£5   STIK COOK’S LOUNGE TRIO

Come and lounge around in the company of this wonderful, classic jazz trio playing straight-ahead jazz at its finest – swing, standards and bebop. Dosed with a high level of sophisticated, interactive improvisation and sensitivity.  With the highly lyrical and eloquent pianist Fraser Urquhart, driving bassist Ed Kelly and effervescent drummer Stik Cook.

9pm-11.30pm £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.

12.15am-2.30am £7/£6   THE PLIMP SOULS

Direct from Manchester, for one night only: The Plimp Souls.  This tight nine-piece ensemble bring a new twist to the scene. Their goal is to break the mould of the usual “Funk’n’Soul band” and play a live selection of the rarest covers and rawest originals. The Plimp Souls’ superb sound, infectious grooves and well sculpted songs leave their audiences shrieking for more…

PLUS DJ

Sun 26

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 £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!

12.15am-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 27

5pm-7pm, Free until 7.30pm   B-SIDE MONDAYS

Don’t like Mondays? Who does?! Here to help you unwind, the Monday acoustic sessions are a chance to hear the undeservedly lesser known, rarely played, and forgotten about songs of the past – the B-Sides! From somewhat obscure artists such as Davy Graham, Gil Scott-Heron and Django Reinhardt, to seldom performed classics from Bach, Sartre, Fransisco Tarrega, and more. Chess boards available for Monday evening relaxation.

8pm-10.45pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from around Scotland to participate in this outstanding gig. Nowhere else can you hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by saxophonist Keith Edwards and bassist Erik Lars Hansen, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements.

11.30pm-2.30am £4/£3 (Free for students!)   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 28

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 £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

12.15am-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 29

3.30pm-6.30pm Free   EUJO – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra get their music together.

7pm-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 £7/£6   THE JOHN MARSHALL QUARTET

Trumpeter and vocalist, John Marshall has worked and recorded with a long list of jazz greats; Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Ornette Coleman, George Coleman, Buck Clayton, Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie, to name only a few.  His well-established rhythm section, including Edinburgh-native pianist Paul Kirby, has worked with some of the top names in jazz over many years such as Jesse Davis, singer Kenny Washington, Jim Snidero and many more. German veteran bass virtuoso Martin Zenker and award-winning Korean drummer Minchan Kim will keep the energy high. It’s sure to be a night of hard swinging, infectious melodies and plenty of surprises. This all-star quartet features John Marshall (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocal), Paul Kirby (piano), Martin Zenker (bass), Minchan Kim (drums).

12.15am-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 30

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 £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 locals Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys), Amy Reader (voc), Mochi Robinson (bass), and Fraser McMillan (guitar), are here to welcome and guide any and all musicians, genres and abilities into the Edinburgh music scene for an evening of funky tunes and the opportunity to meet artists of all shapes and sizes!

12.15am-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 Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 31

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   CERA IMPALA

Cera Impala is a wild banjo-wielding mama from the USA who has toured internationally. A magnetic songsmith she has a voice both timeless and unique. Her compositions and lyrics spin genuine and intimate yarns. A multi-instrumentalist, she plays ukelele, guitar, and her very own brand of hard-driving clawhammer banjo.

9pm-11.30pm £7/£6   THE JOHN MARSHALL QUINTET feat MARTIN KERSHAW

Trumpeter and vocalist, John Marshall has worked and recorded with a long list of jazz greats; Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Ornette Coleman, George Coleman, Buck Clayton, Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie, to name only a few.  His well-established rhythm section, including Edinburgh-native pianist Paul Kirby, has worked with some of the top names in jazz over many years such as Jesse Davis, singer Kenny Washington, Jim Snidero and many more. German veteran bass virtuoso Martin Zenker and award-winning Korean drummer Minchan Kim will keep the energy high. It’s sure to be a night of hard swinging, infectious melodies and plenty of surprises.
Saxophonist Martin Kershaw should need no introduction to Scottish jazz fans having been at the heart of the scene for the last 20 years. His exquisite technique effortlessly moves from bebop to modern and everything in between and his music has been described as showing a “tremendous variety of texture and colour” and “a compelling and thought provoking contemporary jazz journey” (The Scotsman). He has also played lead alto in the renowned Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for the last 15 years.
This all-star quintet features John Marshall (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocal), Paul Kirby (piano), Martin Zenker (bass), Minchan Kim (drums), Martin Kershaw (sax).

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   THE SMOKING POCKETS

Old school funk for your soul. Old school soul for your funk. A smoking hot 8-piece band with top shelf vocals and heavy horns.

PLUS DJ


FEBRUARY


Sat 1

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 £6/£5   MINDAUGAS STUMBRAS TRIO

Mindaugas Stumbras is a Lithuanian jazz guitarist based in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a new generation jazz musician who plays both modern jazz, and contemporary music. Mindaugas plays with the finest international jazz musicians all around the Europe. He has participated many Scottish ensembles and in many international jazz festivals. Featuring Mindaugas Stumbras (guitar), Brodie Jarvie(bass), and Greg Irons (drums).

9pm-11.30pm £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.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   CHAKALAKA FUNK

New club night for Edinburgh, downstairs in the sweat box that is The Jazz Bar. On the first Saturday of the month, DJs Simon Hodge and friends, and live acts, handpicked from the current cream of the funk and soul scene, in a celebration of all things exhilarating that can be found in soul, funk, latin, afro and boogie.

PLUS DJ SIMON HODGE

Sun 2

2-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

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 £6/£5   RUN LOGAN RUN

Run Logan Run are a head on collision of pounding tribal drums and screaming guttural saxophone. Architects of intense contrast, the duo’s diverse and precise instrumentation regularly flirts with fragility and raw power. Using circular breathing and FX, Run Logan Run create music that is both brutal and beautiful, without the use of loop pedals or backing tracks.

12.15am-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 3

5pm-7pm, Free until 7.30pm   B-SIDE MONDAYS

Don’t like Mondays? Who does?! Here to help you unwind, the Monday acoustic sessions are a chance to hear the undeservedly lesser known, rarely played, and forgotten about songs of the past – the B-Sides! From somewhat obscure artists such as Davy Graham, Gil Scott-Heron and Django Reinhardt, to seldom performed classics from Bach, Sartre, Fransisco Tarrega, and more. Chess boards available for Monday evening relaxation.

8pm-10.45pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from around Scotland to participate in this outstanding gig. Nowhere else can you hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by saxophonist Keith Edwards and bassist Erik Lars Hansen, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements.

11.30pm-2.30am £4/£3 (Free for students!)   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 4

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 £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

12.15am-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 5

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

7pm-8pm, 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 £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

12.15am-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 6

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 £7/£6   NICK MACLEAN QUARTET feat. BROWNMAN ALI

Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star NICK MACLEAN — a 6x Global Music Award winner, a graduate of the University Of Toronto, and one of the most in-demand young jazz piano players in Toronto — this contemplative yet thrilling quartet delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history. Maclean’s quartet heavily features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet players — BROWNMAN ALI, heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” by New York City’s Village Voice.

12.15am-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 Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 7

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   TBC

Stay tuned!

9pm-2.30am £6/£5   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!

Join Edinburgh’s kings of late-night funk as they celebrate ten years residency at The Jazz Bar! Splitting the night into two parts, G&TB are tackling some of their favourite tunes from across the decade as well as from their current catalogue.

21:00-23:30
The Baybes’ greatest hits of the past decade.

00:00-LATE
Jam with The Baybes! Any and all are welcome; bring an instrument and come on down!

PLUS DJ

Sat 8

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 £6/£5   THE ‘BIG EASY’ SATURDAY SESSIONS

Celebrate a relaxed evening in the classic ‘Speakeasy’ style. From Authentic hot-roots Americana, spicy New Orleans trad jazz and gypsy swing to prohibition-era blues… award-winning vocalist Ali Affleck selects both local-legends and out of town guest musicians for highly danceable and fun Saturday sessions.

9pm-11.30pm £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.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

PLUS DJ

Sun 9

2-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

Come and watch Tinderbox Orchestra rehearse and improvise some exciting new tunes and if you play an instrument or if you sing or rap, we’d love you to come and join in and play with the orchestra too.  You can join for the full course, or come week to week and join in at your own pace.

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 £6/£5   ‘ROOTS’ ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

A monthly showcase evening with an eclectic selection of acoustic soloist and ensembles, put together by singer/songwriter Toby Mottershead (of the mighty Black Diamond Express train!)

12.15am-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 10

5pm-7pm, Free until 7.30pm   B-SIDE MONDAYS

Don’t like Mondays? Who does?! Here to help you unwind, the Monday acoustic sessions are a chance to hear the undeservedly lesser known, rarely played, and forgotten about songs of the past – the B-Sides! From somewhat obscure artists such as Davy Graham, Gil Scott-Heron and Django Reinhardt, to seldom performed classics from Bach, Sartre, Fransisco Tarrega, and more. Chess boards available for Monday evening relaxation.

8pm-10.45pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from around Scotland to participate in this outstanding gig. Nowhere else can you hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by saxophonist Keith Edwards and bassist Erik Lars Hansen, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements.

11.30pm-2.30am £4/£3 (Free for students!)   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 11

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 £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

12.15am-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 12

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

7pm-8pm, 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 £6/£5   MARTIN KERSHAW QUARTET

The celebrated saxophonist and composer makes a welcome return to the Jazz Bar, with a stellar line-up including Paul Harrison (piano), David Bowden (bass) and Doug Hough (drums). Kershaw’s music – whether lyrical, playful or burning – is always a fascinating journey, and has attracted widespread audience and critical acclaim. ‘What lifts Kershaw head and shoulders above other technically flawless saxophonists is his canny gift for melody’ (City Life)

12.15am-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 13

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-11.30pm £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

12.15am-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 Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 14

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   TBC

Stay tuned!

9pm-11.30pm £6/£5   ALI AFFLECK – JUDY GARLAND SONGBOOK

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

PLUS DJ

Sat 15

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 £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

9pm-11.30pm £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.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

PLUS DJ

Sun 16

2-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

Come and watch Tinderbox Orchestra rehearse and improvise some exciting new tunes and if you play an instrument or if you sing or rap, we’d love you to come and join in and play with the orchestra too.  You can join for the full course, or come week to week and join in at your own pace.

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 £6/£5   WILLIAM YOUNG

An evening of blues, jazz and soul by the Kentucky-born singer, backed by the best damned combo in town.

12.15am-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 17

5pm-7pm, Free until 7.30pm   B-SIDE MONDAYS

Don’t like Mondays? Who does?! Here to help you unwind, the Monday acoustic sessions are a chance to hear the undeservedly lesser known, rarely played, and forgotten about songs of the past – the B-Sides! From somewhat obscure artists such as Davy Graham, Gil Scott-Heron and Django Reinhardt, to seldom performed classics from Bach, Sartre, Fransisco Tarrega, and more. Chess boards available for Monday evening relaxation.

8pm-10.45pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from around Scotland to participate in this outstanding gig. Nowhere else can you hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by saxophonist Keith Edwards and bassist Erik Lars Hansen, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements.

11.30pm-2.30am £4/£3 (Free for students!)   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 18

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 £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

12.15am-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 19

6.30pm-8pm, 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 £6/£5   BOPTIMISM

‘Hard Bop’ swinging arrangements by Keith Edwards (sax), Donald Corbett (trumpet/flugelhorn), 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.

12.15am-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 20

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-11.30pm £7/£5   JZ REPLACEMENT

Zhenya Strigalev (saxophone) and Jamie Murray (drums) meld many inspirations through their musical journeys and studies to create an organic and original sound. Some see Indian influence, some Charlie Parker or Chris Dave. With the focused and powerful energy of a smaller group, they are able to create a very tight and precise sound, while remaining fully free and open creatively. The music ranges from heavy swinging grooves and complex melodies to catchy crowd-pleasers lit in a new light.
“Always it’s a surreal, impressive brew” – ★★★★ Jazzwise
“A typical Strigalev collision of hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism… Strigalev’s alto displays bebop agility, shivery lyricism, or sometimes a bluesy Ornetteish swerve.” – ★★★★ The Guardian

12.15am-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 Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 21

8.30pm-11.30pm £16 (Advance tickets available)
NORMA WINSTONE TRIO with support from LOUISE DODDS DUO

Presented by The Jazz Bar, in association with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival – Scottish Jazz Weekend.

World-renowned living legend of jazz, Norma Winstone’s unique voice could be said to define an entire era of European jazz. Hailed for her extraordinary versatility, gifted lyricism, and wordless approach to improvisation, her album ‘Somewhere Called Home’ has become one of the classic vocal albums of all time. Grammy nominated for her album ‘Distances’, she is the winner of numerous prestigious awards as Best Vocalist; BBC Jazz Awards (won 2001, nominated again 2007 and 2008), UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards (2015), and Jazz FM Awards (2017), to name a few. Winstone was notably included in BBC Music Jazz’s ‘Greatest Jazz Artist of All Time’ top 50 shortlist in 2015. Joining her on stage are award-winning pianist, Kit Downes, and Winstone’s long-term collaborator, highly acclaimed guitarist, Mike Walker.

With support from outstanding Scottish vocalist Louise Dodds and pianist Steve Hamilton.

Tickets available here.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

PLUS DJ

Sat 22

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

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

6pm-8 pm £10 (Advance tickets available)   TRIO TYR / JOE WILLIAMSON’S ‘MODULUS’

SCOTTISH JAZZ WEEKEND presented by THE EDINBURGH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

Making their Edinburgh debut, Glasgow based Trio TYR draw inspiration from Scottish and Scandinavian natural landmarks, experimenting with the barriers between electronic and acoustic sounds, creating breath-taking jazz soundscapes. Cameron Thomson-Duncan (Trumpet/FX), Tom Stephenson (Guitar) and Greg Irons (Drums).

Brilliant guitarist Joe Williamson has put together a new project for this date, featuring Harry Weir on bass clarinet, Craig McMahon on synthesisers and Mark Scobbie on drums. Expect freewheeling groove-based music with open group improvisations, and lashings of electronics, with plenty of dark corners and unexpected twists and turns.

Tickets available here.

9pm-11.30pm £10 (Advance tickets available)   EMILIE BOYD QUINTET

SCOTTISH JAZZ WEEKEND presented by THE EDINBURGH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

The wonderful British/French young vocalist, Emilie Boyd, sings unique and original contemporary arrangements of her favourite songs from the jazz repertoire. Expect beautiful songs, great virtuosity and a modern and often surprising take on the classics. Emilie’s band is packed with leading young jazz musicians: pianist, Dan Brown; guitarist Joe Williamson, bassist Brodie Jarvie, and drummer Greg Irons.

Tickets available here.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   TBC

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PLUS DJ

Sun 23

2-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

Come and watch Tinderbox Orchestra rehearse and improvise some exciting new tunes and if you play an instrument or if you sing or rap, we’d love you to come and join in and play with the orchestra too.  You can join for the full course, or come week to week and join in at your own pace.

6pm-7.30pm £10 (Advance tickets available)   FRET

SCOTTISH JAZZ WEEKEND presented by THE EDINBURGH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

A fresh, audacious, and modern take on electric jazz fusion from bassist, Mario Caribé’s new group, painting dreamy musical landscapes and fiery energetic vibes in a unique blend of electronic and acoustic sound. Fret features the double guitar line up that reminds us of Bass Desires, with Graeme Stephen and Kevin MacKenzie, plus Alyn Cosker on drums.

Tickets available here.

9pm-11pm £10 (Advance tickets available)   TRIO MAGICO

SCOTTISH JAZZ WEEKEND presented by THE EDINBURGH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

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.

12.15am-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 24

5pm-7pm, Free until 7.30pm   B-SIDE MONDAYS

Don’t like Mondays? Who does?! Here to help you unwind, the Monday acoustic sessions are a chance to hear the undeservedly lesser known, rarely played, and forgotten about songs of the past – the B-Sides! From somewhat obscure artists such as Davy Graham, Gil Scott-Heron and Django Reinhardt, to seldom performed classics from Bach, Sartre, Fransisco Tarrega, and more. Chess boards available for Monday evening relaxation.

8pm-10.45pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from around Scotland to participate in this outstanding gig. Nowhere else can you hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by saxophonist Keith Edwards and bassist Erik Lars Hansen, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements.

11.30pm-2.30am £4/£3 (Free for students!)   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 25

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 £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

12.15am-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 26

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

7pm-8pm, 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 £6/£5   LIEKO QUINTET

Manchester-based group turning contemporary jazz on its head with melodic, groove-infused compositions. Treading a path somewhere between soul music and folk song, they use melody as a focal point for moving between riff-based interplay and free-form improvisation. When blended together with the rhythmic precision of old school funk and cathartic energy of Nigerian afrobeat, the result is a brain-melting concoction of new-world explorations.

12.15am-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 27

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 £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 locals Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys), Amy Reader (voc), Mochi Robinson (bass), and Fraser McMillan (guitar), are here to welcome and guide any and all musicians, genres and abilities into the Edinburgh music scene for an evening of funky tunes and the opportunity to meet artists of all shapes and sizes!

12.15am-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 Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 28

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   SMITTEN

Smitten are a minimalist smoky pop duo based in Edinburgh, performing original songs written by vocalist Nicole Smit and arranged by guitarist/bassist Charlie Wild.

9pm-11.30pm £6/£5   SHADES OF DAVE PELL OCTET

Jazz octet inspired by arrangements of Marty Paich, Bill Holman, John Williams, Shorty Rodgers, Andre Previn, Bob Florance, Wes Hensel, Johnny Mandell, Jerry Fielding & Jack Montrose, and featuring the subtle harmonies, drive & swing of the USA’s cool “West Coast Sound” of the 50’s & 60’s as made famous by the Dave Pell Octet. Honouring the full career and incredible talent of the late, great, saxophonist. Featuring: Russ Moore (bar. sax), Konrad Wizniewski (ten. sax), Andrew Blair (trombone), Naj Zoha (trumpet), Phil Adams (guitar), Alan Anderson (piano), Jimmy Taylor (bass), & Alistair Morrow (drums).

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

PLUS DJ

Sat 29

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 £6/£5   MARIANA MOREIRA PORTUGESE FADO TRIO

We are very excited to announce that singer Mariana Moreira, will join us for an evening of Portuguese Fado along with leading Jazz musicians, Kevin MacKenzie on guitar and Mário Caribé on double-bass. Mariana is an ambassador of the soul of Portuguese music, Fado, in Scotland and has gained a loyal following for her soulful and captivating performances. She is considered by many as the embodiment of the word “Saudade”. This is a unique project where storytelling, Fado and Jazz blend to bring you a musical experience not to be missed!

9pm-11.30pm £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.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   TBC

Stay tuned!

PLUS DJ