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.


NOVEMBER


Fri 1

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   JAZZ BAR QUINTET

We bring together some of our finest local musicians for one special night. Featuring Stewart forbes (sax), Loic Guenneguez (trumpet), Steve Moore (piano), Ed Kelly (bass), Keith Haldane (drums) – hardbop, all the way!

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   JED POTTS AND THE HILLMAN HUNTERS

Supplying the deepest of grooves and the rudest of shuffles. With influences from Freddie King, Muddy Waters, BB Kings and T-Bone Walker, the unlimited dynamic possibilities of a simple trio format make for a charismatic performance which is different every single night.

PLUS DJ AKI

Sat 2

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   JAZZ BAR TRIO

We bring together some of our finest local musicians for one special night.

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 CLUB NIGHT

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 3

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   JOACHIM CAFFONNETTE TRIO

Pianist Joachim Caffonnette, a leading figure of the young Belgian jazz scene, joins forces with one of Paris’ tightest rhythm sections to give birth to a symbiotic new trio dedicated to Caffonnette’s melodic and powerful compositions. Featuring Joachim Caffonnette (piano), Alex Gilson (double bass), and Jean-Baptiste Pinet (drums), playing Caffonnette’s originals as well as some covers from both the jazz and pop-rock repertoire. The eclecticism of this piano trio combo will lead the audience along hard swinging moments, melancholic times and great lyricism all glued together with a smart sense of interplay.

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 4

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 5

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 6

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   MCCREADIE/COSTELLO DUO

Two of Scotland’s most exciting musicians, Fergus McCreadie and Graham Costello, come together to push themselves further in their improvised-duo. Having now played together for years, both musicians have developed a deep understanding of each other to a near telepathic state. Their music winds and weaves from one unknown to the next, taking new turns and avenues every time. Every performance is completely unique.

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 7

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   ANDCHUCK

Andchuck are redefining the jazz trio and breaking down the walls between genres. Soaring melodies, dramatic grooves and daring improvisation results in music that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Andchuck were selected to be one of ‘Jazz North Introduces’ ambassador artists for 2017/2018. Having spent the last two years developing their sound in the deeply musical city of Manchester, they now tour across the UK playing legendary jazz festivals.

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 8

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 £6/£5   NICOLE & THE BACKUP CREW

Lively and soulful blues party, paying homage to the most important women in blues history featuring stunning singer, Nicole Smit and her band consisting of some of the finest blues musicians in Scotland!

PLUS DJ AKI

Sat 9

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 BATCHELORS OF JAZZ: IT’S TRAD, DAD!

The Batchelors of Jazz contains some of the finest jazz musicians in Scotland who bring 30 years of friendship, mutual respect and a determination to have a good time to anywhere they perform.  If you like trad jazz you’ll have a great time, and if you think you don’t, the Batchelors of Jazz will convert you.

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   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.

PLUS DJ WILSONI THA FUNK MASTA

Sun 10

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 11

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 12

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 13

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

omewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

9pm-11.30pm £6/£5   THE GOLDEN AGE OF MOVIE MUSIC

An eclectic mix of popular sound tracks arranged and adapted from the great Hollywood musicals. Songs such as “Moon River”, “The Continental”, “The Godfather” and “Mission Impossible Theme”, have anchored themselves in our collective imagination to become some of the most mythical and iconic pieces of film music from the 20th century. Arranged here for violin, flamenco guitar, double bass and vocals, with a musical co-ordination akin to telepathy and exhibiting an outstanding level of musicianship.

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 14

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   TENEMENT JAZZ BAND

Tenement Jazz Band are a traditional jazz band formed in early 2018, who aim to capture the raw energy and excitement of the early jazz recordings, to find and revive lesser-heard songs and cultivate their own interpretations of these, all in order to captivate experienced jazzers, dancing persons, and uninitiated ears alike. Led by Paddy Darley (trombone), & including Jazz Bar regulars Chuck Dearness (trumpet), Tom Pickles (saxophone) & Mike Kearney (banjo/vocals), plus John Youngs (guitar) and Simon Toner (double bass).

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 15

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   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Fabulous sounds from the excellent Edinburgh University Student 17-piece BIG BAND, with Swing, Jazz and Funk plus guest vocalists.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   BANJO LOUNGE FOUR

Party-powering FUN from guitar, banjo, bass, drums plus 3-part vocals, delivering a brilliant Mash-up selection of songs by the likes of Louis Prima, Beyonce, New Order, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Punjabi MC, Stevie Wonder, Blur, Lady Gaga, The White Stripes, House of Pain, Survivor and more. Hip Hop Banjo!

PLUS DJ BARNEY RUBBLE

Sat 16

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   MOCHI ROBINSON

Bringing Philadelphia funk and soul to the belly of Edinburgh. Blending the sounds of old school funk and soul with Neo-soul &hip hop. Mochi Robinson blends genres through the ages

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sun 17

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   ‘STORMY SUNDAY’ BLUES SHOWCASE

Monthly Blues night, featuring resident Gus Munro plus special guests.

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 18

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 19

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: International Men’s Day Fundraiser

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.

On this International Men’s Day, this jam session will be a fundraiser event in aid of Health in Mind and the Men’s SHARE project (Suicide, Harm, Awareness, Recovery & Empathy). Many men find it hard to talk about their feelings which can mean they find it difficult to find the right support to help them resolve their problems. The Men’s SHARE Project provides an accessible comfortable space which offers social and emotional support. The project focuses on prevention and intervention, providing support to promote resilience strategies and recovery pathways. It also offers an opportunity to engage in activities that promote a sense of purpose and belonging.

For more information or to donate please visit www.health-in-mind.org.uk

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 20

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   CEORA: The Music & Sound of Trumpeter LEE MORGAN

Lee Morgan took on Dizzy Gillespie as his new young jazz trumpet protege in the 1950s and 1960s, embodying a big, natural sound and style with a soulful punch. He played on memorable swinging’ tunes like The Sidewinder, Ceora and Moanin’. Taking on that sound, trumpeter Yati Durant presents CEORA: the music and sound of Lee Morgan, joined on-stage by dynamic pianist David Patrick, hard-hitting drummer Dan Shearer and Jazz Bar great bassist Ed Kelly.

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 21

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   ANIMAL SOCIETY

Animal Society is a new sound in UK jazz, somewhere in the void between Rage Against the Machine, Pat Metheny and EST. Ringleader Joe Williamson, guitarist and winner of Young Scottish Jazz Musician of The Year 2018, presents daring new music – cutting-edge electric jazz with the uncompromising power of a stadium rock band. Featuring members of Graham Costello’s STRATA, Square One Fat-Suit. Joe Williamson (guitar), Alan Benzie (keys), Craig McMahon (synth), Gus Stirrat (bass), Graham Costello (drums).

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 22

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   MAIN ST BLUES

Unadulterated electric blues from of one of the most prominent Scottish bands in the genre, with a powerful mix of high energy electric blues and funk material. A favourite around festivals, theatres and Arts Centres, the 4-piece has sold out its shows at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in the last five years and were recently featured on BBC TV. ‘A masterclass in musicianship – simply First Class’ – Press & Journal; ‘So tight you couldn’t slide a Rizla between them!’.- Ian Rankin

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   DAS CONTRAS

Tightly arranged, totally rockin’ original funk/soul/reggae stylings from impressive 7-piece fronted by singer Sher Watson, with punchy 3-horn trumpet, sax, trombone brass section.

PLUS DJ BARNEY RUBBLE

Sat 23

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 £6/£5   MELISA KELLY & THE SMOKIN’ CROWS

With songs from their recently released album ‘Devil’s Luck’ and covers of some of their favourite influences such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles. Come down and shake a tail feather with this powerful soul and blues band. “What a band! What a voice” – Chris Storr, Jools Holland’s R’n’B Orchestra. “I had to stop what I was doing, it was that good” – Big Boy Bloater, Blues Magazine Radio.

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sun 24

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 25

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 26

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 27

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   CLOUD CLUB

A brand new trio hailing from London led by ex-Edinburgh citizen Craig Macfadyen on electric bass and Italian guitarist Andrea Solarino. Expect electrifying and imaginative original compositions alongside fresh interpretations of some lesser known standards. Featuring the exceptional Scott Jamieson on 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 28

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…

Fri 29

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   LOUISE DODDS QUINTET

Backed by some of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians, Louise will be performing her trademark blend of fresh arrangements of standards, classic bebop numbers and self-penned vocaleses. A regular performer on the jazz scene in Scotland and London, and semi-finalist at the International Jazz Vocalist competition in Lithuania in 2012, Louise has performed at many of the UK’s top jazz festivals and venues, including a headline slot at the London Jazz Festival. Featuring Louise Dodds (vocals), Tom Gibbs (piano), Martin Kershaw (sax), Mario Caribe (bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums).

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   THE KATET: The Originals

Maestro Mike Kearney leads The Katet, Edinburgh’s 7-piece soul/funk Monster. Expect high-octane, life and death super-funk fusion with relentless groove, gnarly guitars, and triple-horn acrobatics. “There’s Jazz, there’s Funk, and then there’s The Katet” James Corden *****

PLUS DJ AKI

Sat 30

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   JAZZMAIN

JazzMain remains one of Scotland’s longest established ‘same-personnel’ quartets, fusing an eclectic blend of Latin, post-bop ‘Blue Note’ and beautifully arranged ballads into a terrific ‘melting pot’ of straight-ahead music influenced by 1950s and 60s jazz luminaries Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and amongst many others. Fronted by tenor saxophonist Nick Gould and featuring pianist Steve Grossart, drummer Kevin Dorrian, and bassist Iain Harkness.

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   DOPESICKFLY

The musically diverse, Eclectic-Funk Fusion twist known as DOPESICKFLY emanate an upbeat feel good vibe. With a confidence and power, they are encouraging & sing of life connecting to all ages. Rehearsing original songs in the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, was the sound board and birth of the band. Since then, Dopesickfly have rubbed shoulders with some huge acts and supported the likes of Roy Ayers Texas, Big Country, Kool & The Gang.

PLUS DJ JIM BATHGATE