Fringe ’18: Independent Shows


August 3 – 27


We are open every day 1pm until 5am with 9 shows per day!

Click here to view our Venue Page on the Fringe Festival website.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website here. Please note that The Jazz Bar cannot print tickets and have no physical tickets to sell from the bar. If a show is not sold-out, you will be able to pay for tickets as you enter (cash only, no card payments). This is usually very limited entry and so we strongly advise purchasing tickets in advance. There may even be an online-only discount!

*Helpful tip* – When collecting tickets purchased online, you can avoid the long queues of the Royal Mile Fringe Box Office by picking up your tickets from any ‘collection point’ venue, such as C-Venue (venue number 34) which is right next door to The Jazz Bar!


Late night performances – Please note, as we are open from 1pm all the way to 5am, we consider each day as beginning and ending at 5am. For example, a performance listed as any time between 00:00 and 05:00 on ‘Tuesday’ will refer to a performance that is technically in the early hours of Wednesday morning. If you aren’t sure, please see our timetable layout below.

Age limits: 5 years + until 8pm, 16+ from 8pm to 10pm, 18+ only after 8pm (listed along-side each show’s details)


Special performances are highlighted in red in the programme timetable above. For more information on these events, please click here.


Independent Fringe Shows

100 THINGS – NICK HARPER

‘One of the finest guitarists, soaring vocals, epic songs’ (Mojo). Nick’s rich acoustic/folk heritage (son of legendary Roy Harper) is recognised worldwide. ‘Acoustic Hendrix!’ (Guitar). ‘My musical discovery of 2016’ (BBC Radio 6 Music).
Aug 13-21 19:00 (1h) £10 (£8) Ages 8+
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1895-1927 IN NEW ORLEANS: THE RED HOT ROOTS OF JAZZ – TENEMENT JAZZ BAND

Explore the earliest roots of jazz, from ragtime through the jazz age, in the speakeasy atmosphere of this world-famous venue with fresh, young(ish) Edinburgh sextet Tenement Jazz Band.
Aug 5, 7, 13, 20, 23 17:30 (1h) £9 (£7) Ages 5+
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A SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE

Three of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters share the stage at each show, performing their songs, collaborating and discussing the inspirations and processes behind their songwriting. Performers include Jack Harris, Alex Cornish, Paul Gilbody and Douglas Kay.
Aug 12, 17 22:00 (1h30m) £19.50 (£8) Ages 18+
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ACOUSTIC BLUES – WHISKY ROAD

Exciting Scottish acoustic blues trio, featuring acclaimed Scottish blues musicians Derek Smith (Main Street Blues), Jim Harcus and Pete Caban (Wang Dang Delta) performing their authentic blend of foot-stomping acoustic blues ‘n’ roots.
Aug 5, 6, 14, 16, 27 13:00 (1h) £8 (£7) Ages 16+
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ACOUSTIC SWING – GRAEME MEARNS

Ice-cool classics and red-hot originals with echoes of Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson as the guitar-slinging troubadour – ‘electrifying’ **** (ThreeWeeks) – reinvents 20th-century masterworks from Billie Holiday to Tom Waits and premieres some 21st-century originals.
Aug 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26 17:30 (1h) £8 (£6) (£20F) Ages 12+
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AFTERNOON ACOUSTIC BLUES – MALT & RYE

Classic blues and roots songs from the last 90 years played with humour and passion on guitar and bass. If you like the blues this show is unmissable. Acoustic blues at its best.
Aug 3, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 27 14:30 (1h) £8 Ages 8+
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ALI AFFLECK’S SIRENS! JAZZ QUEENS OF THE 50s

Award-winning vocalist offers homage to trailblazing jazz divas Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee. ‘Stunningly expressive’ **** (San Diego Union-Tribune). ‘Musical storyteller’ (Scotsman).
Aug 13 20:30 (1h) £10 (£7) Ages 18+
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ALI AFFLECK’S SPEAKEASY SESSIONS – ONE NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS

Award-winning vocalist – ‘Scotland’s queen of vintage blues and jazz’ (OCWeekly.com) – transports you to a speakeasy in the prohibition era with a five-piece band of outrageous musicality.
Aug 15, 19, 21, 23 20:30 + Aug 22 19:00 (1h) £10 (£8) Ages 18+
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ALI AFFLECK’S STORYVILLE ROOTS OF JAZZ – HOT JAZZ AND COOL BLUES

Scotland’s award-winning ‘queen of vintage jazz’ (OCWeekly.com) celebrates the strong women who pioneered the blues and gave birth to jazz! ‘Vivacious stage presence’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Outstanding’ ***** (Edinburgh49.org).
Aug 27 19:00 (1h) £10 (£7) Ages 18+
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AMERICAN FRANCOPHILE IN BLIGHTY

Exquisite vocals, fabulous band, superb storytelling – Mychelle’s quirky yet exquisite mix of jazz, chanson, French pop, and rare trivia will ignite, excite and inspire your inner Francophile. ‘Smart, sassy and entirely entertaining… c’etait magnifique’ (TheaterMania.com).
Aug 3, 4 13:00 (1h) £8 (£6) (£24F) Ages 14+
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AMY ABLER: PIANODIVALICIOUS!

With touches of Liberace and Victor Borge, this world-touring US pianist/singer is a classical concert artist gone rogue. Combining virtuosic technique with vivacious comedy (and feathers), she covers Beethoven to Broadway, pop to Paganini, ragtime to rock’n’roll.
Aug 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 14:30 (1h) £10 (£9) Ages 8+
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BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED

Spellbinding show of classics and originals. Swing of Ella, heart of Billy Holiday and soul of Nina Simone. ‘Lorna Reid manages to bridge the gulf between jazz and country with some panache’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman).
Aug 10, 11 19:00 (1h) £10 Ages 18+
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BILLIE HOLIDAY – TRIBUTE TO THE ICONIC LADY DAY

Scotland’s ‘queen of vintage blues and jazz’ (OCWeekly.com) gives a heartfelt homage to the legendary Lady in Satin. Best Jazz Vocalist 2014, nominee 2017 (Scottish Jazz Awards). ‘Outstanding’ ***** (Edinburgh49.org).
Aug 7 20:30 (1h) £10 (£7) Ages 18+
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BLUESWATER PRESENTS: BALA BAILE

Bala Baile is an Edinburgh-based Latin trio. Led by Colombian-American Felipe Schrieberg, the band blends blues, boogaloo and Cuban son into something unique.They will play four gigs at award-winning venue The Jazz Bar, featuring guest musicians.
Aug 6, 7, 8, 13 00:00 [Midnight] (1h30m) £10 (£9) Ages 18+
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BLUESWATER PRESENTS: LIVE AT THE JAZZ BAR

The Blueswater is an award-winning Edinburgh band. They will perform five high-energy, late-night gigs at The Jazz Bar. Expect a full-on party. ***** (ThreeWeeks).
Aug 5, 9, 12, 15, 23 00:00 [Midnight] (1h30m) £10 (£9) Ages 18+
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BLUESWATER PRESENTS: SMITTEN

Smitten are a minimalist, smoky, pop three-piece. They will perform original songs written by vocalist Nicole Smit in award-winning venue The Jazz Bar. ‘A release worth celebrating’ (Scotsman, for their EP: Sun Rises).
Aug 3, 20, 21 00:00 [Midnight] (1h30m) £9 (£8) Ages 18+
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BONNIE BAYOU – THE JENNIFER EWAN BAND

The Jennifer Ewan Band presents a stirring mix of original songs and old-time Cajun dance music with a Celtic tint. ‘Just brilliant… a Scottish rising star’ (BBC Radio Scotland). ‘Sassy cocktail of Cajun and modern sounds’ (Metro).
Aug 3, 9, 14, 16, 21, 24 17:30 (1h) £10 (£8) Ages 8+
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BRASS GUMBO PLAYS THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES

Scottish street-funk brass band Brass Gumbo take a magical musical tour through The Beatles’ back catalogue, using only horns, drums and plenty of New Orleans seasoning, in the legendary Jazz Bar.
Aug 20-24 16:00 (1h) £9 (£7) Ages 5+
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BRIAN KELLOCK/COLIN STEELE PLAY MARY POPPINS

After sell-out shows for the last three years, join Scotland’s top jazz stars as they take a trip with everyone’s favourite nanny! Playing all the greatest hits, we guarantee a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious evening!
Aug 22 17:30 + Aug 23-26 19:00 (1h) £10 (£9) Ages 8+
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COLIN STEELE QUINTET PLAY MILES DAVIS

With thrilling empathy, phenomenal solos and driving musical energy, Steele’s trumpet fronts a Quintet covering classic arrangements of Miles Davis’s seminal albums of the 50s and 60s, from Milestones to Kind of Blue.
Aug 21-25 22:00 (1h30m) £10 (£9) Ages 18+
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CRY ME A RIVER: THE SONGS OF JULIE LONDON

Acclaimed London-based jazz/blues/soul vocalist Kerry Jo Hodgkin pays tribute to legendary, sultry-toned singer and actress Julie London. Collaborating with leading Scottish musicians on just five performances of this 2014-17 hit show.
Aug 8-12 14:30 (1h) £9 (£7) (£28F) Ages 8+
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DANI SICARI AND THE EASY ROLLERS: SPEAKEASY JAZZ

Grab your dancin’ shoes ‘cos the 20s are here to stay! Roaring seven-piece swing band performing hits from the speakeasy bars of the Prohibition era.
Aug 6, 7, 9 16:00 (1h) £8 (£6) (£24F) Ages 8+
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DANIEL SMITH TRIO – BLUES PIANO

Downhome blues, stomping boogie-woogie, rhythmic New Orleans piano, hard bop classics with searing guitar evoking a good-time speakeasy atmosphere. ‘Serious challenger to Jools Holland as the UK’s number one boogie pianist’ (Blues in Britain).
Aug 18-26 13:00 (1h) £11 (£9) (£30F) Ages 12+
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GECKO 3

Gecko 3 play a dance-friendly mix of funk, latin, hip hop, jazz and reggae. The trio get things moving with double bass, guitar, drums and vocal dexterity. ‘Seriously catchy’ (IndieLaunchpad.com). ‘Sumptuous double bass’ (Edinburgh Evening News).
Aug 4, 11, 25 00:00 [Midnight] (1h30m) £10 (£8) Ages 18+
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THE GREAT HIPSTER SONGBOOK

Chvrches as a charleston dance-off? Biffy Clyro as a torchsong ballad? Join five-octave vocalist Angus Munro and his floor-stomping jazz trio as they interpret modern indie-classics into authentic American Standards of the 20th-century. Updated for 2018!
Aug 9, 11, 16, 18, 26 22:00 (1h30m) £12 (£8) Ages 18+
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GUITAR DUO – HOT TIN ROOF

Hot Tin Roof regularly pack The Jazz Bar playing classics and originals, earning a reputation for playing excellent music while creating a relaxing atmosphere. With impressive reviews – a must-see for music lovers.
Aug 7-13, 15, 17 13:00 + Aug 20, 22, 24, 26 14:30 + Aug 3, 5, 14, 16 16:00 + Aug 27 17:30 (1h) £10 (£8) (£20F) Ages 8+
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HENDRIX AND US

After last year’s sell-out run, established Scottish jazz-funk guitarist Aki Remally reconstructs the music of Jimi Hendrix with a funk-heavy approach. Featuring musicians from Trio HLK and The Hidden Orchestra. Come down and get freaky…
Aug 8, 10, 13, 14, 20 22:00 (1h30m) £10 (£8) Ages 18+
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JAZZ AT THE MOVIES

Hollywood glamour and the sultriness of jazz have been inextricably linked since talking pictures began. Acclaimed London-based jazz/blues/soul vocalist Kerry-Jo Hodgkin collaborates with leading Scottish jazz musicians on timeless movie songs. ***** (Southside Advertiser).
Aug 8-12 20:30 (1h) £9 (£7) (£28F) Ages 16+
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JAZZ BAR MUSIC – THE RESIDENTS

Edinburgh’s iconic Jazz Bar showcases their best local talent with late night funk and blues and special jazz performances including The Jazz Bar’s Big Band! For full details of individual shows, please visit this page.
Every day! Ages: Shows ending before 8pm – PG, shows ending before 10pm – 16+, all shows past 10pm – 18+
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JOHN HUNT FOUR O’CLOCK AFTERNOON BLUES AND SWING

‘Boogie-woogie, slide-guitar master’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Cannibalised guitars’ **** (Herald). ‘Funky mojo’ **** (Edinburgh Evening News). **** (ThreeWeeks). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Storming set, Seasick Steve in a science lab’ (Ian Rankin). ‘Fantastic’ (Jools Holland).
Aug 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26 16:00 (1h) £10 (£8) (£28F) Ages 8+
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JOURNEYS IN HAND – A MUSICAL FUSION FROM SCOTLAND AND RAJASTHAN

This unique collaboration combines jazz, Scottish folk, world music and the folk traditions of Rajasthan to create an exhilarating fusion, delivered by world class musicians. ‘Mesmerising’ (HuffingPost.co.uk). www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com
Aug 17, 18 20:30 (1h) £12 (£10) (£40F) Ages 18+
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THE KATET PLAYS STEVIE WONDER

Edinburgh soul/funk heroes pay homage to the legend: Keys player/vocalist Mike Kearney and his seven-piece band perform a high octane set of Wonder’s classics and rarities in their own style. Sell-out show 2015-17.
Aug 10, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24, 26 00:00 [Midnight] (1h30m) £9 (£8) Ages 18+
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LIGHTS OUT BY NINE – LIVE!

LOBN play a selection of classic soul and funk songs along with some highly acclaimed original material. After last year’s sell-out shows at The Jazz Bar, this is a must-see show!
Aug 3, 24 20:30 + Aug 4, 18 14:30 (1h) £9 (£7) Ages 12+
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LOVE AND BLUES: UNPLUGGED

Acclaimed Perrier Jazz winner honours jazz/blues greats including: Etta James, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. Having garnered numerous five-star reviews, Niki King has been described as ‘the outstanding Scottish female vocalist of our times’ (List).
Aug 16 20:30 (1h) £14 (£12) Ages 16+
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MAIN STREET BLUES: ACOUSTIC BLUES AND ROOTS

Foot-stomping acoustic blues from top Scottish band. ‘Raw, sexy music loaded with energy’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Simply first class’ (Press and Journal). ‘So tight you couldn’t slide a Rizla between them!’ (Ian Rankin).
Aug 4, 6, 8, 12 19:00 (1h) £10 (£9) Ages 16+
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MAIN STREET BLUES: HIGH-ENERGY ELECTRIC BLUES

Hard-hitting blues from Edinburgh four-piece. ‘Raw, sexy music loaded with energy’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘A masterclass in musicianship. Simply first class’ (Press and Journal). ‘So tight you couldn’t slide a Rizla between them!’ (Ian Rankin).
Aug 5, 14, 20, 25, 26 20:30 (1h) £10 (£9) Ages 16+
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MERCY! MERCY! MERCY! – MUSIC OF CANNONBALL ADDERLEY

A quintet of Scotland’s foremost jazz musicians, led by Martin Kershaw/Colin Steele, pays joyous tribute to the bebop/soul music of Cannonball and Nat Adderley. ‘The Adderleys have acquired premier-league champions!’ (Herald).
Aug 15, 19 22:00 + Aug 17, 18 00:00 [Midnight] (1h30m) £10 (£8)
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THE MESSENGER: VALERY PONOMAREV

World-renowned trumpeter Valery Ponomarev dramatically escaped 70s USSR and toured the world with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers for four years, making 11 albums! Here, his top five-piece band recreates Art’s timeless music.
Aug 3-7 22:00 (1h30m) £8 (£6) Ages 18+
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MICHELE OSTEN AND THE NOT JUST JAZZ BAND

Michele Osten’s voice is like honey on toast! If you like your music laid back, deeply chilled and smoothly warm you won’t be disappointed! Jazz, contemporary and original tunes. Visit www.micheleosten.com.
Aug 27 16:00 (1h) £8 (£5) Ages 5+
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PAUL GILBODY

From pin-drop delicacy to infectious grooves that leave you smiling. This renowned singer-songwriter’s quintet bring you songs of love and seafood with some very special guest appearances. A John Martyn/Jamiroquai cross-breed. ‘Excellent performer… compelling’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).
Aug 9 19:00 (1h) £10 Ages 16+
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SMALL TALK AT CHAMBERS AND SOUTH: THE GIL SCOTT-HERON SONGBOOK

Making their Edinburgh Fringe debut, Aki Remally and Fraser Urquhart play a whole set of jazz, funk and soul from the songbook of the godfather of hip hop, Gil Scott-Heron…
Aug 3, 7 19:00 + Aug 4, 6, 22 20:30 (1h) £10 (£8) Ages 18+
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SWING TO BOP! FRASER URQUHART TRIO/QUINTET

Fraser Urquhart, 2017 winner of Rising Star at the Scottish Jazz Awards, plays elegant, swinging jazz and bebop piano. Recently showcased on BBC Jazz Nights, his band is somehow hot and cool simultaneously!
Aug 6 17:30 + Aug 13 16:00 (1h) £7 (£5) Ages 18+
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