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.


OCTOBER


Tue 1

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 2

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/£5   ELLIOT GALVIN TRIO

Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates, although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. His critically acclaimed latest trio album featuring long term collaborators Corrie Dick on Drums and Tom McCredie on drums was Live-mixed and recorded direct to vinyl, each side in one continuous take, and is his most stripped back and honest album yet.

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   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.

Thu 3

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 £6/£5   MILES! MILES! MILES!

Featuring the blistering trumpet playing of Yati Durant, this new group interpret the repertoire of Miles Davis’ second great quintet, from 1963-1968. With the trio of David Patrick (pno), Ed Kelly (bs) and the effervescent Dan Shearer (dr), this group creates music with a collective improvisational spirit, and an empathy which at times borders on the telepathic.

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 Scott Jamieson (drums) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 4

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 £7/£5   REMEMBERING NAT – A TRIBUTE TO THE KING COLE TRIO

Highly acclaimed pianist Brian Kellock, brings together his drum-less trio for a night celebrating Nat King Cole’s swinging ‘30s classics. Featuring Nigel Clark (guitar) and Roy Percy (bass).

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   COW COW BOOGIE

Edinburgh based band who play 1940s/1950s Western Swing/Country & Jump Blues, that’ll get your feet tappin’ and the party started.

PLUS DJ AKI

Sat 5

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   FRASER URQUHART TRIO

Fraser Urquhart, 2017 Scottish jazz award’s ‘Rising Star’, is one of Scotland’s most in-demand pianists celebrated for his classy and emotional playing infused with hard swing and a deep devotion to classic jazz of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Tonight he leads his trio through a selection of swing classics and tender ballads. The trio features his mentor on bass Ed Kelly and ace drummer Keith Haldane.

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.

12.15am-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 6

1pm-3pm, £3   ESM STUDENT SHOWCASE

Join the students of Edinburgh School of Music as they will perform songs that they have been working on since the beginning of the year. Everybody is welcome!

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 7

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-11.30pm £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   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 8

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 9

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 £6/£5   THE PAUSE

Jon Green is back to launch his wonderful new album: ‘Nina Fairouz in the 21st Century’. His music is quite unique; a bewitching blend of jazz, rock, country, electronica and avante-garde – performed here by an awesome band comprising Jon Green (trumpet), Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Paul Harrison (keys), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). A journey into the extraordinary!

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   AKI’S MID-WEEK FUNK REVUE

A Jazz Bar supergroup! Playing classic funk-soul and modern interpretations of early fusion classics, with Aki Remally (guitar/vocal), Jamie Graham (drums), Tom Wilkinson (bass) and Jonny White (sax).

Thu 10

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   FUN MACHINE

A brand-new quartet playing original jazz compositions, filled with groove, soul and blues. The phenomenal saxophone of newcomer Steve Oliver is set to make your spine tingle, backed by an ‘in the pocket’ drums/bass/piano rhythm section. Fans of Joshua Redman, Uberjam or Vulfpeck will recognise the influences, but this is music for everyone, and you won’t be leaving without a smile on your face – this is a band that lives up to its name. “Hot stuff” – Ed Marr

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 Scott Jamieson (drums) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 11

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 £6/£5   KEITH HALDANE QUINTET

Veteran Edinburgh drummer leads his own group featuring legendary Scottish saxophone player Stewart Forbes and rising star Loic Guenneguez on trumpet. Backed by a top-notch rhythm section of bass master Andy Sharkey and the brilliant Fraser Urquhart on piano.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   JIMI GET YOUR FUNK ON

‘Jimi Get Your Funk On’ are a new Edinburgh based 7-piece funk band writing and performing their own music. Taking influence from bands such as Vulfpeck, Tower of Power and the legendary ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’, the band combines funk with a touch of psychedelia, alternative rock and jazz fusion.

PLUS DJ BARNEY RUBBLE

Sat 12

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   DAVID PATRICK TRIO

A rare trio outing for the award-winning jazz pianist, whose Rite of Spring band was the first to receive a five-star review for a performance at The Jazz Bar. Widely-known for his heart-felt interpretation of ballads, Patrick also keeps plenty of energy in reserve for uptempo material.

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   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).

PLUS DJ AKI

Sun 13

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 14

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-11.30pm £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   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 15

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 16

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 £6/£5   TAUPE

Taupe are a Newcastle upon Tyne based trio specializing in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance. The group’s sound is built of influences drawing from free jazz and math metal to hip-hop grooves and post-bop, with a healthy dollop of skronk, all navigated down a path that seeks to blur the line between carefully constructed rhythmic compositions and explosive group improvisation. Featuring Adam Stapleford: Drums, Mike Parr Burman: Guitar, Jamie Stockbridge: Saxophone.

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 17

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   JEFF HERR CORPORATION

Jeff Herr’s new Corporation surprises with a new setting and dexterity, presenting itself now as a linear trio, without the need for a harmonic instrument. Maxime Bender on Saxophone and Laurent Payfert on Bass complete this new highly skilled and energetic trio which relies on compositional abilities from each of the 3 members. Well-arranged and structured songs as well as wild and free improvisations cover the band’s large repertoire, filled with some surprising cover songs from well-known Pop artists such as David Bowie or Jimi Hendrix.

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 Scott Jamieson (drums) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 18

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 £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.

12.15am-2.30am £10/£7.50   GALLUS: GRAHAM COSTELLO’S STRATA

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival present Gallus, a Scottish Jazz Weekend!
Graham Costello’s STRATA are one of the most talked about bands in jazz. A distillation of contemporary jazz with minimalism with progressive rock, it’s a band that hits audiences with a power that buzzes and thrills. Here they are in their 4 piece incarnation. Expect late night energy, ferocious sounds for head and feet, and the classic Jazz Bar Late vibe.
Plus late night DJ: the Queen of the Glasgow club scene: Rebecca Vasmant.

Tickets available here!

Sat 19

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   TREPPENWITZ

Treppenwitz, n. The devastating rejoinder thought of only after leaving the scene of the debate. An ensemble with a unique approach to improvised music: equal parts explorative, lyrical, and explosively wild. The music is open-ended, always different, forever seeking. Compositions are all contributed by the members, and are used as a springboard for exploration of sounds, textures, harmony and rhythm. Feat. Matthew Aplin (piano), Tom Riviere (bass), Steve Hanley (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 £10/£7.50   GALLUS: MEZCLA W. RACHEL LIGHTBODY

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival present Gallus, a Scottish Jazz Weekend!
David Bowden’s band play world jazz fusion packed with infectious African and Latin grooves, chattering percussion, big warm melodies, and funky riffs. Every musician is a big personality, and the solo power in the band is often astonishing. Here they are late night at the Jazz Bar, with the Edinburgh funk hero Aki Remally taking to the decks throughout the night.

Tickets available here!

Sun 20

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   THE GIL SCOTT-HERON SONGBOOK

Extraordinary guitarist and vocalist Aki Remally and outstanding young pianist Fraser Urquhart join forces to pay homage to Gil Scott-Heron. They delve deep into the work of the revolutionary poet, jazz musician and rap pioneer whose lyrics expressed views on politics, culture and social injustice – expect a whole lotta of funk, jazz and soul tunes from Gil Scott-Heron’s repertoire.

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 21

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-11.30pm £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   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 22

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 23

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 £6/£5   JAZZ BAR QUARTET

We bring together some of our finest local musicians for one special night. Featuring Ed Kelly (bass), Pete Johnstone (piano), Michael Butcher (sax), Stephen Henderson (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 24

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   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. Honoring the full career and incredible talent of the late, great, saxophonist.

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 Scott Jamieson (drums) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 25

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 £6/£5   LIGHTS OUT BY NINE

“Something Soul, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues” from the well-travelled Fife-based powerhouse Rhythm & Blues 8-piece, featuring old favourites, brand new original material, and other writers’ contributions. Performing now for over 25 years, the line-up has four founder members, including the original keyboard player, and their hottest ever horn section. “Simply excellent” – Paul Jones, BBC Radio; “AWB support band of choice” – Alan Gorrie, Average White Band.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   ‘RAMBOOTAN – ‘Men Of The Bandwagon’ E.P. Launch Party

All abooooooooaaard!!! More noise, more noise! ‘Men of the Bandwagon’ is RAMBOOTAN’s debut EP, and we’ll be playing songs from it, along with some fresh stuff, at The Jazz Bar this October 25th! It shall be groovy, it shall be funky, it shall be dancy. Keep the healthy sugars flowing, people—we’ll see you there!

PLUS DJ AKI

Sat 26

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   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 BARNEY RUBBLE

Sun 27

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 28

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 £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.

11.30-2.30am £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 29

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 30

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 £6/£5   THE RED HOT RHYTHM MAKERS

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 31

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 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!

12.15am-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 Scott Jamieson (drums) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…