EDINBURGH JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL!

13 – 22 JULY 2018

Please note: EJBF shows are marked with an *. Advance tickets are available for EJBF shows only, via the links provided under each description. All other Jazz Bar produced shows are paid as cash upon entry. We are unable to reserve seating/tables.

You can also view our EJBF venue page here.


FRI 13

*7.30pm (90 minutes), Ages 16+, £10   STEVE HAMILTON BAND

The pianist is a star around the globe, renowned for his long term associations with such as Bill Bruford and Billy Cobham. He’s an astonishing technician, a beautiful melodist, and an exciting improviser. Here’s a very rare outing for his all star Scottish band with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Andrew Robb (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums).
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*10pm (90 minutes), Ages 18+, £10   MATT CARMICHAEL QUARTET

The young saxophonist is a musician of exceptional promise. Intelligent, searching playing with a beautiful sound, and a penchant for melody, as well as improvisation.
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11.30pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am–5am, £6/£5   JAMES BROWN IS ANNIE

Lay down the grooves with Scotland’s premier soul-funk outfit, James Brown Is Annie, as they gear up for the launch of their new album in September. Expect to hear funky favourites, soulful newbies, and lots of hip-shaking tunes by the likes of Steely Dan, Average White Band, and James Brown in between. Having just recorded their second album with AWB legend, Hamish Stuart, all bodes well for a hot, sweaty, funky night.

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SAT 14

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

Hot swinging jazz from Alan Anderson (piano), Jimmy Taylor (bass/vocals) and Bob Stewart (drums)

*6pm (90 minutes), Ages 5+, £13.50   DERRICK FREEMAN BAND

Lester Leaps In – Featuring James Martin. Lester Young created the languid, relaxed style of tenor saxophone playing that had audiences swooning with Count Basie, Billie Holiday and Jazz At The Philharmonic. Enigmatic, beautiful, swinging music re-created by the swinging New Orleans saxophone star, James Martin, with super-drummer Freeman’s crack band.
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*8.30pm (60 minutes), Ages 16+, £10   LIGHTS OUT BY NINE

Powerhouse soul and R&B delivered with real punch. Solid, driving funky grooves, a hot horn section and soulful vocals from one of the best known bands on the Scottish soul, blues, and R&B scene.
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*10.30pm (90 minutes), Ages 18+, £10   JUNO

Captivating complexity and catchy playfulness from the Norwegian all-female band with two singers, a saxophonist, a bassist and a drummer. It’s a new sound world that’s always intense and fizzing with excitement: melodic solos, rap, groovy rhythms, free jazz!
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12am-1.15am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am–5am, £6/£5   TBC

Very late night funk! Stay tuned!

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SUN 15

*6pm (90 minutes), Ages 5+, £10   BEN AND JOE PLAY WES!

Universally acknowledged as one of the greatest guitarists in the history of jazz, Wes Montgomery virtually defined modern jazz guitar during the 1950s and 60s. Ben MacDonald and Joe Williamson get out their grooving, swinging guitars fronting a star-packed band to play Wes-style.
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*8.30pm (120 minutes), Ages 18+, £10   ANDREW ROBB BAND ft. PETTER WETTRE

The Scottish bassist is an international globetrotter, playing all over Europe. He’s well known in the Norwegian jazz scene and partnering the top musicians. Hence, this new band with the extraordinary saxophonist, Wettre, one of the few musicians who can match the technicality of Michael Brecker and the passion of John Coltrane.
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10.30pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am-5am, £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Dance to dynamic Funk/Soul grooves from in-the-pocket 5-piece band with outstanding vocals.

MON 16

*6.30pm (60 minutes), Ages 5+, £10   GRAEME STEPHEN TRIO

Eclectic and inquisitive, the guitarist is constantly inspirational and undoubtedly one of the best musicians on the contemporary jazz scene. Graeme’s “freshly composed music motored and danced with confident locomotion and verve” (The Herald). With long term collaborators Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums).
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*8.30pm (120 minutes), Ages 18+, £12   THE JAZZ BAR BIG BAND

“A big, bombastic sound “ (The Scotsman) from mainstays of the Edinburgh scene, this is the classic Monday night big band, where the best players in town come down for a blow. Great free spirited music kept in line by Erik Lars Hansen and Keith Edwards.
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10.30pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am-5am, £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! Original soul music, plus songs by Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Lettuce and more.. ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

TUE 17

*6.30pm (60 minutes), Ages 16+, £12.50   CHRISTIAN GARRICK TRIO

The violinist is widely regarded as the best in Britain in jazz. He is a professor of jazz and non-classical violin at three of London’s major music conservatoires. He’s played with Nigel Kennedy, Cleo Laine, Caro Emerald, Martin Taylor and he’s a mainstay of the Budapest Café Orchestra. Swinging like Stephane Grappelli or playing in more modern styles he’s got “meltingly beautiful, light as air playing, imaginative variety of sounds, impeccable taste” (The Guardian).
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*20.30pm (60 minutes), Ages 16+, £12.50   SWING SWING SWING

John Burgess (clarinet and saxophone), Brian Kellock (piano) and Tom Gordon (drums) are Scotland’s three great ambassadors of swing. In their new superstar Trio, they cover all the classics, from Fats Waller stride to dixieland clarinet; Benny Goodman to Count Basie. Fabulous swing fun!
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9.30pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am-5am, £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Soaring guitar and driving funk rhythms from brilliantly creative guitarist Aki Remally and his 4-piece Funk/Soul groove band (named after Jimi Hendrix’s US Army unit!)

WED 18

*6.30pm (90 minutes), Ages 5+, £12   ROBERT BALZAR TRIO

This is an astonishing group. Virtuoso musicians playing in a standard jazz piano format and referencing show tunes, modern jazz standards, ECM preciousness, central European folkloric, with the brilliant bassist’s constantly intriguing and inventive music, giving pianist Jiri Levikec, a master in classical music mode as well as jazz, a thrilling platform “so fresh and exciting” (The Herald).
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*9pm (120 minutes), Ages 18+, £10   GRAHAM COSTELLO’S STRATA

Featuring some of Scotland’s finest young jazz musicians, Strata brings the world of minimalism together with high energy polyrhythms, improvisation and collective groove. They are Harry Weir (tenor and baritone saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Joe Willamson (guitar), Angus Tikka (electric bass), Graham Costello (drums).
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11pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am-5am, £4/£3   SWAMPJAM

Late night Wednesday regulars lead a special festival-edition late night session with a tonne of New Orleans beats, a wall of brass, and plenty of specially inviteguests.

THU 19

*6.30pm (90 minutes), Ages 5+, £10   PULL

Pull are four musicians from Scotland, Denmark and Israel, each bringing their own cultural identity and the folk music of their home countries, together with modern jazz influences from Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ambrose Akinmusire and Mark Turner, into a band concept that also respects jazz tradition. Alistair Payne (trumpet), Teis Semey (guitar), Brodie Jarvie (bass), Guy Tristian Salamon (drums).
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*9pm (120 minutes), Ages 18+, £10   MEZCLA

“A bubbling broth of influences, from West Africa to Latin America, soul to folk” (The Scotsman). Mezcla is a world jazz/fusion collective are making waves in Festivals, concerts and clubs throughout the UK. Led by bass player David Bowden the band features a host of great young musicians with a front line of Michael Butcher (saxes) and Joshua Elcock (trumpet). “Fresh and vibrant … really uplifting jazz with world music flavours” (BBC Radio 3).
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11pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am-5am, £4/£3   FUTURE HEROES

Superbly creative guitarist Aki Remally fronts this brilliant Groove/Funk 6-piece, with funky horn section of Jonny White (sax) and trumpet ace Chuck Dearness

FRI 20

*2pm (120 minutes), Ages 5+, £5   EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY JAZZ SUMMER SCHOOL CONCERT

An opportunity to see and hear some jazz stars of the future as the summer school students (instrumentalists and vocalists) show off their newly acquired skills. Led by Dave Kane, Jessie Bates and Haftor Medbøe.
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*6.30pm (90 minutes), Ages 5+, £10   RACHEL LIGHTBODY TRIO

The young singer from Chicago has a big range – from Billie Holiday to Joni Mitchell, blues to soul to jazz – and here she is with a mixed set of classic jazz standards/blues/ and some well loved show tunes, with Tom Gibbs (piano) and top young London saxophonist, Matthew Herd.
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*9pm (120 minutes), Ages 18+, £12   ALYN COSKER BAND

The powerful drummer/composer and his stellar crew of Steve Hamilton on keys, Davie Dunsmuir on guitar and Colin Cunningham on bass present exhilarating virtuosity and accessible melodies on a deep, funky groove. They knocked out John McLaughlin when they opened for him at Festival Theatre, and there’s much buzz around the new album, KPF. Exciting, fresh electric jazz.
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11pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am–5am, £6/£5   POWER RANGERS

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

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SAT 21

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

Hot swinging jazz from Alan Anderson (piano), Jimmy Taylor (bass/vocals) and Bob Stewart (drums)

*6pm (90 minutes), Ages 5+, £12   PHIL BANCROFT QUARTET

A giant of Scottish Jazz, the tenor saxophonist is back, fully engaged with a new band, new purpose, and new music. His trenchant tenor sound, tense, twisting compositions, grand sweeping gestures are all good reason to celebrate. With Graeme Stephen (guitar), Calum Gourlay (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums).
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*8.30pm (120 minutes), Ages 18+, £10   MELISA KELLY & THE SMOKIN’ CROWS

Kelly‘s band brew up a funky mix of blues and soul music with songs from Etta James to Aretha Franklin; Stevie Wonder to James Brown. The five-piece combo are fronted by Melisa’s glorious and powerfully soulful vocals.
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10.30pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am–5am, £6/£5   NICOLE & THE BACKUP CREW

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

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SUN 22

*5.30pm (90 minutes), Ages 5+, £12   FILOMENA CAMPUS QUARTET: JESTER OF JAZZ

Italian singer Filomena Campus makes her Festival debut with a set of original compositions that fuse together Mediterranean melodies with contemporary jazz. ‘Spellbinding’ (Jazzwise). Campus’ performance is a passionate and ironic exploration of the role of the jazz singer playing with the notes and the different colours of the music like a clown. Inspired by characters of Commedia dell’Arte!!
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*8pm (120 minutes), Ages 16+, £10   TOM GIBBS QUARTET

“Inspiring” (John Taylor). Gibbs’ pianism is not just appreciated by jazz piano legends, he’s got a legion of fans. MOJO magazine names his last album one of jazz releases of the year. Jazzwise said “One to look out for”. He writes attractive, catchy tunes, and he’s got a strong lyrical streak, creating song-lines afresh in every new solo.
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10pm-1am, £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS

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 (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!

1.30am-5am, £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Dance to dynamic Funk/Soul grooves from in-the-pocket 5-piece band with outstanding vocals.