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.


MAY


Wed 1

6pm-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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £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.

12-2.30am £4/£3   STANKSTORM

Alex Palmer on drums, Craig Stoddard on Tenor Sax, Lewis Shaw on Bass, Manuel Brazuna on Guitar and Sam Coade on Keys & Alto Sax with covers from Stevie Wonder, Lettuce, D’angelo, RH Factor, Family Stone, KC roberts etc. Keeping it funky and groovy.

Thu 2

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   SOULBOOK

A collective group co-led by Gordon McNeil (sax) & Malcolm MacFarlane (guitar). The band covers many genres of music with a strong soul/jazz influence, featuring different vocalists & arrangements of songs by artists from Prince & George Michael to Billie Holliday & Randy Crawford. In 2018 the band backed British jazz legend Liane Carroll & Shakattak’s wonderful Jackie Hicks on short mini tours of Scotland. “Our concept is to play as many of the tunes that we have on our bucket lists, including classic bebop, standards or fusion as well as classic rock & funk.” Tonight’s band will feature Kim Hamilton on vocals, Eliot Murray on keys/vox, Andy Sharkey on bass & Stuart Semple on drums with Malcolm & Gordon.

12-2.30am £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 3

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £8/£6   KEN MATHIESON’S CLASSIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Scotland’s most prominent jazz arranger, Ken Mathieson, returns with his orchestra (on this occasion featuring some local talent) covering a wide range of styles: everything from ragtime to hard bop and beyond; from the ‘inventor’ of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton to Charles Mingus, and sometimes in the course of a single number! As ever, there will be a couple of Brazilian pieces as a contrast to the straight-ahead jazz material.

12-2.30am £6/£5   LATE NIGHT PIZZA

Get that surprise-late-night-pizza feeling, with a night full of good vibes and funky grooves. Late Night Pizza has been funk-ing up the Edinburgh scene for a few years now with its groovy rhythm section, delicious brass lines and stunning vocals, navigating through original and covered funk songs specially arranged to make every gig an all-out party!

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sat 4

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

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

5.30pm-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   JB QUARTET

An eclectic repertoire spanning across the swing, bop and post-bop eras, with contrasting pieces from Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, some standards and some not-so-standards. Featuring Gary Laidlaw on guitar, Ed Kelly on bass, Vid Gobac on drums and Jean-Baptiste Richon on piano.

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.

12-2.30am £6/£5   YACHT ROCK CREW

Bringing back a golden era of music and playing all the smoothest Yacht Rock sounds from the 70s & 80’s. For fans of Steely Dan, Toto, Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Andrew Gold, The Eagles, Orleans, Pages, Bill LaBounty and more!

PLUS DJ SIMON HODGE

Sun 5

2pm-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

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

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

Stripped-back atmospheric Blues/Soul from Andy Challen (guitar/voc) and Gavin Jack (slide guitar), AND loads of Swing/Blues Dancers on the dancefloor!

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   JAZZ QUARTET FEAT. YATI DURANT & GIUSEPPE VASAPOLLI

The jazz bar welcomes dynamic Sicilian pianist and composer Giuseppe Vasapolli joining with top Jazz Bar regulars Yati Durant on trumpet, Ed Kelly on Bass and up-and-coming drummer extraordinaire Dan Shearer for a session of hot quartet jazz tunes by the likes of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Wheeler and others!

12-2.30am £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 6

5.30pm-7.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MOON-DAY CHESS

Paying homage to the very first Jazz Bar Teatime Acoustic sessions which began with a group of Edinburgh chess enthusiasts playing to the backdrop of ambient acoustic instrumental guitar. Sunday Hot Tin Roof resident, Andy Challen provides a backdrop of nostalgic instrumental songs, played on a classical guitar: Jazz, Blues, Classical and Pop – including songs by Davey Graham, (lots of) Francisco Tarrega, Bach, Beethoven, and many more.

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

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

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 7

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £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

12-2.30am £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 8

6pm-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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   JOHNNY HUNTER QUARTET

The quartet formed in 2010 to explores the possibilities and challenges afforded by the absence of a harmony instrument with compositions drawing on Johnny’s long-standing interest in the piano-less groups of Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson, through to those of John Zorn and Chris Speed. Together with Mark Hanslip (Outhouse, Loop Collective), Graham South (Beats & Pieces Big Band) and Seth Bennett (IDST), their music currently exists within the more adventurous side of Jazz, leaning more towards the approach of Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill and Joe Harriott, whilst building on their previous explorations into Middle Eastern approaches to improvisation. Graham South (trumpet), Mark Hanslip (tenor saxophone), Seth Bennett (double bass), Johnny Hunter (drums).

12-2.30am £4/£3   STANKSTORM

Alex Palmer on drums, Craig Stoddard on Tenor Sax, Lewis Shaw on Bass, Manuel Brazuna on Guitar and Sam Coade on Keys & Alto Sax with covers from Stevie Wonder, Lettuce, D’angelo, RH Factor, Family Stone, KC roberts etc. Keeping it funky and groovy.

Thu 9

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ALI AFFLECK & JOPLIN PARNELL

Jazz Bar and Sunday Speakeasy resident, Ali Affleck, is delighted to be collaborating with fellow dual USA/ UK citizen, pianist Joplin Parnell, on their first tour together. Tonight, the band line up will be augmented with some of Ali’s closest musician pals – Colin Steele, Ed Kelly and Max Popp. Joplin Parnell is a prominent pianist and vocalist on London’s jazz and blues scene. He has lived a life immersed in music, having started out at an early age following his piano playing father around New Orleans parades, jam sessions and bars, snare drum in hand. His sets weave a rich tapestry of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues and Brazilian Choro, New York Stride and French Musette drawing influence from the full breadth of his musical heritage and imparting a deep soulful sensibility onto everything he does. Tonight’s performance will be a celebration of New Orleans with a varied setlist including well-loved standards and a few surprises – some very rare old songs including one that has most likely not been heard live since 1930!

12-2.30am £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 10

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £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.

12-2.30am £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 SIMON HODGE

Sat 11

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

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

5.30pm-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £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 (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.

12-2.30am £6/£5   RAMBOOTAN

RAMBOOTAN are a young funk four-piece from Glasgow bringing funky vibes and neo-soul to the dancefloor. Featuring Jonathan Ip (vocals, guitar), Joe Nichols (keys, harmonica), Francesco Moscato (bass) and Peru Eizagirre (drums); expect tasteful covers, fresh originals and healthy sugars.

PLUS DJ AKI

Sun 12

2pm-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

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

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

Stripped-back atmospheric Blues/Soul from Andy Challen (guitar/voc) and Gavin Jack (slide guitar), AND loads of Swing/Blues Dancers on the dancefloor!

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   CAT LOUD QUARTET

Cat Loud assembles her quartet to kick off a summer of jazz. Joined by John Youngs, Dave Toule and Vid Gobac, Cat sings some of her usual melancholy classics alongside upbeat contemporary tunes from giants of jazz, blues and soul.

12-2.30am £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 13

5.30pm-7.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MOON-DAY CHESS

Paying homage to the very first Jazz Bar Teatime Acoustic sessions which began with a group of Edinburgh chess enthusiasts playing to the backdrop of ambient acoustic instrumental guitar. Sunday Hot Tin Roof resident, Andy Challen provides a backdrop of nostalgic instrumental songs, played on a classical guitar: Jazz, Blues, Classical and Pop – including songs by Davey Graham, (lots of) Francisco Tarrega, Bach, Beethoven, and many more.

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

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

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 14

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £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

12-2.30am £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 15

6pm-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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   MATTHEW READ TRIO

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. Featuring Benedict Wood, Guitar, Arthur Newell, Drums & Matthew Read, Double Bass.
“Proof indeed that the British Jazz scene at the moment is in incredible form” – Chris Philips, Jazz FM
“Lean yet supple, song-like melody is the chief feature here, set in service of a mature, diversely inflected quality of storytelling” 5 stars – Jazz Journal
“This is definitely a trio on which to keep a sharp eye” 4 stars – All About Jazz

12-2.30am £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 16

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   FRASER URQUHART QUINTET feat. JOHN BURGESS

Fraser Urquhart, 2017 Scottish jazz award’s ‘Rising Star’, is one of Scotland’s most in-demand pianists celebrated for his characterful and emotional playing infused with hard swing and deep devotion to classic jazz of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Tonight he leads his quintet through a set of fiery swing classics and tender ballads. This all-star band features tenor titan John Burgess (sax), Dougie Urquhart (guitar), Ed Kelly (bass) and Max Popp (drums).

12-2.30am £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 17

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £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.

12-2.30am £6/£5   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)

PLUS DJ AKI

Sat 18

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

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

5.30pm-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £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 (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.

12-2.30am £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

Sun 19

2pm-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

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

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

Stripped-back atmospheric Blues/Soul from Andy Challen (guitar/voc) and Gavin Jack (slide guitar), AND loads of Swing/Blues Dancers on the dancefloor!

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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!)

12-2.30am £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 20

5.30pm-7.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MOON-DAY CHESS

Paying homage to the very first Jazz Bar Teatime Acoustic sessions which began with a group of Edinburgh chess enthusiasts playing to the backdrop of ambient acoustic instrumental guitar.

Sunday Hot Tin Roof resident, Andy Challen provides a backdrop of nostalgic instrumental songs, played on a classical guitar: Jazz, Blues, Classical and Pop – including songs by Davey Graham, (lots of) Francisco Tarrega, Bach, Beethoven, and many more.

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

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

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 21

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £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

12-2.30am £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 22

6pm-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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   SMITTEN

Smitten are a minimalist smoky pop three piece based in Edinburgh, performing original songs written by vocalist Nicole Smit and arranged by guitarist/bassist Charlie Wild and drummer Alex Palmer. After three weeks in Italy, they’re rounding off their Spring Tour with a blow out at home. Come see how three people survive on the road so long!

12-2.30am £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Horn-heavy swamp-funk, mixing up New Orleans grooves with some hard hitting riffs, feat. Jed Potts (guitar/vox), bass, drums plus a trumpet/sax/trombone horn section.

Thu 23

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HENRY IBBS – Teatime Acoustic

Expect a mixture of tunes: traditional, original and cover versions (with more than a dash of Scouse!) from well-known singer/songwriter Henry Ibbs.

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   GRAEME WILSON QUARTET

This cross-border quartet return to the Jazz Bar with new material building on their acclaimed 2016 release ‘Sure Will Hold a Boat’. Expect more off-kilter earworms and heartfelt ballads mining the stray seams of jazz, improv, funk and prog-rock. Wilson, a Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra stalwart, has worked with everyone from Evan Parker to John Faddis and Bill Wells. Paul Edis is on call for the likes of Tim Garland, Julian Siegel and Alan Barnes; Drummer Adam Sinclair’s extraordinary versatility is in demand for acts as diverse as Tony Kofi, The Unthanks, Nitin Sawhney and Therapy? “Joyous solos…brilliant rhythm team… This is the sound of a band having fun” – The Jazz Mann; “As good as it gets” – Bebop Spoken Here

12-2.30am £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 24

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   KING LOUIS & THE PRIMAS

Madcap, non-stop party frontman Dave Batchelor (trombone/voc) brings in his hugely entertaining band playing the music of jump/jive 50s Vegas king Louis Prima (‘Jungle Book’ theme!). His all-star 6-piece features harmonica wiz Fraser Speirs, Fat Sam’s Band leader Hamish McGregor (sax), top trumpeter Colin Steele, Duncan Findlay (guitar), Robert Pettigrew (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Aldo Morrow (drums)

12-2.30am £6/£5   LOGAN’S CLOSE

Logan’s Close are an Edinburgh based four-piece, performing original music with strong influence from 60s rhythm and blues. They mix traditional blues influences with forward thinking ideas, combining clever harmonies and seemingly endless onstage energy. ‘Brilliant band… one to watch’ (Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland).

PLUS DJ JIM BATHGATE

Sat 25

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

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

5.30pm-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   WILLIAM YOUNG

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

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.

12-2.30am £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 SIMON HODGE

Sun 26

2pm-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

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

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

Stripped-back atmospheric Blues/Soul from Andy Challen (guitar/voc) and Gavin Jack (slide guitar), AND loads of Swing/Blues Dancers on the dancefloor!

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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!

12-2.30am £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped… hot vocals from Fiona Lynch, funky guitar from Aki Remally and dope grooves from Jim Drummond (drums) and Dougie Coulter (bass). Get involved.

Mon 27

5.30pm-7.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MOON-DAY CHESS

Paying homage to the very first Jazz Bar Teatime Acoustic sessions which began with a group of Edinburgh chess enthusiasts playing to the backdrop of ambient acoustic instrumental guitar.

Sunday Hot Tin Roof resident, Andy Challen provides a backdrop of nostalgic instrumental songs, played on a classical guitar: Jazz, Blues, Classical and Pop – including songs by Davey Graham, (lots of) Francisco Tarrega, Bach, Beethoven, and many more.

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

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

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 28

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm: John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

Acoustic/Electric Blues by singer/guitarist John Hunt – and check out his amazing hand-built guitars! ‘Gritty, Funky Boogie-Woogie from a master of blues slide-guitar’ – Evening News

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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

12-2.30am £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Fat grooves, jazzy excursions, soulful vocals and bags of pocket from guitarist Aki Remally’s soul-funk four-piece band… with the baaaadest rhythm section in town supplying ALL of your Tuesday funk with a set covering everything from Funkadelic to Vulfpeck.

Wed 29

6pm-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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   JAZZ BAR QUINTET

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

12-2.30am £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Horn-heavy swamp-funk, mixing up New Orleans grooves with some hard hitting riffs, feat. Jed Potts (guitar/vox), bass, drums plus a trumpet/sax/trombone horn section.

Thu 30

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HENRY IBBS – Teatime Acoustic

Expect a mixture of tunes: traditional, original and cover versions (with more than a dash of Scouse!) from well-known singer/songwriter Henry Ibbs.

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £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!

12-2.30am £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 31

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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £8/£6   BEDMAKERS

Featuring Robin Fincker (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Mathieu Werchowski (violin), Dave Kane (double bass), and Fabien Duscombs (drums), Bedmakers storm the meanders of Anglo-Saxon folk music. The four unclassifiable improvisers dig, scratch and rumble this fertile sonic ground, nourished by multiple decades of oral tradition in order to excavate its melodic essence. Melodies are caught in mid-air. These tunes that one hums without realising, that feel familiar without being able to point their source, find themselves out of their original context, superposed or extended, declaimed or only suggested, sometimes buried under a storm of concrete-noise music or distilled in a minimalist blow. Put together in 2016 by Anglophile saxophonist Robin Fincker (Vincent Courtois, Loop Collective, Whahay), Bedmakers reunites four musicians from polymorphic and singular musical universes with French drummer Fabien Duscombs, violinist with electroacoustic drifts Mathieu Werchowsky and Irish bassist Dave Kane. The group has performed over 70 concerts all over Europe, expanding their repertoire in an inexhaustible reservoir: a mix of collected and original compositions. The quartet seeks to evoke the feeling of letting go, the trance, the collective jubilation on a dance floor by a greatly dynamic musical experience. A backwash of noise gestures, ceaseless loops of the bow, heady melodies of the saxophone and the quartet’s new rhythm section’s polymorphic sound converge towards a common goal of invisible dance and molecular shock.
“Outstanding, expressive, energetic and inventive improvising.” Avant Scena
“Bedmakers prove that these simple melodies can be reconstituted without any lose of groove or passion… A jubilant party for any century” Jazz Word

12-2.30am £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.

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ