Current Programme

Please note: No advance tickets are available, entry fees are paid as cash upon entry. We are unable to reserve seating/tables.

February ’18


Thu 1

6-8.30pm, 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) £5/4   McFARLANE/McNEIL

The co-leaders of this band have worked together in many different contexts and tonight sees the launch of their “Silver Lined” CD, the live lineup is completed with Tom Gordon and rising star David Bowden from the recording and with special guest Chick Lyall on piano and keyboards – they play original melodic music with an emphasis on improvisation and interplay.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 2

6-8.30pm, 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   STRATA

Featuring six of Scotland’s finest young jazz musicians, Graham Costello’s STRATA bring the groove of 20th-century minimalism together with the noisier influence of the European indie scene to form a sound ranging from delicate and meditative to more unhinged and highly intense. The music explores polyrhythm, cyclic form, collective groove and, at it’s true core, improvisation.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   THE SHIVERIN’ SHEIKS

High-energy, dancefloor-filling Glasgow 4-piece with guitars, double bass and drums plus 3-part vocals, delivering pumping 50s/60s RnB, Rockabilly, Gospel, and Doo Wop – with a touch of Gypsy Swing.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 3

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £5/£4    TOM GIBBS TRIO

Pianist Tom Gibbs, one of Jazzwise’s ‘One to Watch′ as well as being called ‘A star in its ascendancy’ by BBC Radio Scotland.  Tom is joined by Brodie Jarvie on Bass and Corrie Dick on drums.

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 (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   SWAMPFOG

Fat horns and heavy riffs, with a healthy serving of New Orleans grooves, from Tom Pickles’ 6-piece with sax, trumpet & trombone horns plus Jed Potts (gtr/voc), bass and drums: a mix of originals, classics and a few unexpected covers

PLUS DJ SIMON HODGE & JOHNNY CASHBACK

Sun 4

6-8.30pm, 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) £5/£4   SINGERS NIGHT with WILLIAM YOUNG

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

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

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

Mon 5

8pm £5/£4   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 (Entry from 10.30pm) £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 6

6-8.30pm, 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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 7

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO 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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   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. After the launch of their first album Anecdotes in early 2016, the trio return playing a brand new set of melody-driven original compositions. The Matthew Read Trio will be visiting The Jazz Bar on the launch tour of their much anticipated second album Anecdotes Volume 2.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Fat horns and heavy riffs, with a healthy serving of New Orleans grooves, from Tom Pickles’ 6-piece with sax, trumpet & trombone horns plus Jed Potts (gtr/voc), bass and drums: a mix of originals, classics and a few unexpected covers

Thu 8

6-8.30pm, 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) £5/4   BRIAN MOLLEY QUARTET

The highly acclaimed Scottish saxophonist, with his outstanding quartet, performs original contemporary, lyrical music from his recent release ‘Clock’. This is robust modern jazz with a Latin influence, as organic compositions blend alongside skilfully crafted reinterpretations of classic jazz standards. Brian is with acclaimed top-drawer colleagues Tom Gibbs (piano), Mario Caribé (bass) and Stuart Brown (drums)

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 9

6-8.30pm, 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   EYAL LOVETT TRIO

Israeli born pianist-composer Eyal Lovett creates a wide range of music. Although classically trained, he is deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, as well as in the diverse music located in Israel and the Middle East. Eyal’s latest album – “Tales From a Forbidden Land” was released to critical acclaim on November 2016, featuring the wonderful Gilad Hekselman on guitar. The trio have toured in Denmark, Berlin, Poland and Israel, playing in different venues, including the renowned Aarhaus International Jazz Festival. The trio features Mathias Jensen (bass) and Aidan Lowe (drums), as the music draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary jazz, with classical and middle eastern influences. There is an emphasis on lyricism and emotional content, while maintaining a strong and pulsing groove.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   MAXIROOTS

Taking inspiration from traditional Latin grooves mixed with all the heavyweight of dub, Maxiroots proposes a new approach to world music, this time with a full live band and one of the best upcoming MC’s Tom Spirals on the mic.

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sat 10

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5     ALI AFFLECK’S BEDLAM SWING feat. PATRICK MULLIER

Special guest from France, Patrick Mullier, will be on drums with Bedlam swing this Saturday to help us serve up some Laid back classic swing and prohibition blues for a relaxing early eve. Ali Affleck (vocals), Colin Steele (trumpet), Ross Milligan (guitar), and Ed Kelly (bass).

9-11.30pm (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 (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   JED POTTS & THE HILLMAN HUNTERS

Formed in 2008, Jed Potts & the Hillman Hunters have cultivated a stage performance which is exciting and spontaneous. Drawing from the rich well of classic 50’s and 60’s American blues the trio (completed by drummer Jonny Christie and bassist Charlie Wild) stay true to the traditions of the music whilst also taking risks. Whether laying back into a Freddie King ballad or digging-in to a hypnotic Muddy Waters groove, the band transmits power in ways other than speed and volume. The unlimited dynamic possibilities of a simple trio format make for a charismatic performance which is different every single night.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sun 11

6-8.30pm, 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) £5/4   ‘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 (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

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

Mon 12

8pm £5/£4   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 (Entry from 10.30pm) £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 13

6-8.30pm, 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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 14

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO 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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   VALENTINE’S DAY MARDI GRAS BONANZA With The Gin Mill Genies

Authentic ‘old school’ New Orleans hot Jazz and smoky prohibition era blues to fire up Valentine’s romance and keep that Mardi Gras hangover at bay! American vocalist Ali Affleck ( who often sings in French creole!) is joined by Campbell Normand, Colin Steele, Roy Percy and Tom Gordon! Big hearted and wild fun!

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Fat horns and heavy riffs, with a healthy serving of New Orleans grooves, from Tom Pickles’ 6-piece with sax, trumpet & trombone horns plus Jed Potts (gtr/voc), bass and drums: a mix of originals, classics and a few unexpected covers

Thu 15

6-8.30pm, 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   VICTORIA BENNETT & RENEE STEFANIE

Edinburgh vocalists Victoria Bennett and Renee Stefanie perform an eclectic mix of beautiful ballads, swung songbook standards, and verbose vocalese. Victoria and Renee are joined by top drawer musicians Campbell Normand (piano), Dick Lee (clarinet), Ed Kelly (double bass) and Kevin Dorrian (drums).

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 16

6-8.30pm, 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   KEITH EDWARDS QUINTET

‘Hard Bop’ swinging arrangements by Keith Edwards (sax), Robert Pettigrew (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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 FUNK DJ

Sat 17

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £5/£4   THE STEPHEN/GREIVE QUARTET

A fortuitous group focussing on beautiful tunes and slotted grooves. Graeme Stephen and Chris Greive from the NeWt trio combine on some standards repertoire to take their almost telepathic/melodic musical conversations to new heights. Stephen (guitar) and Greive (trombone) are joined by Brodie Jarvie (bass) and Jim Drummond (drums).

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 (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5  THE NUMBER NINE

Funk/Soul/Rock from bassist Phil McBride and his funky 5-piece, featuring full-on vocals – and more!).

PLUS DJ AK

Sun 18

1pm  – 3pm, £3   EDINBURGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC SHOWCASE

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

6-8.30pm, 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) £7/6   BAHLA – Imprints Album Tour

Cinematic jazz entangled with Jewish folklore – London based band Bahla play their own dynamic music, drawing on North African rhythms, liturgical melodies and more contemporary groups such as Radiohead.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

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

Mon 19

8pm £5/£4   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 (Entry from 10.30pm) £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 20

6-8.30pm, 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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 21

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO 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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/6   ALAN BENZIE TRIO

All-star trio made up of multi-award winning musicians, Alan Benzie (piano, composer, BBC Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year at only 17, and Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Billboard Award), Andrew Robb (bass, BBC Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2009), Marton Juhasz (drums, Foundation for Hungarian Percussion Culture Award). Their debut album “Traveller’s Tales” garnered glowing reviews from critics, and they have been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe, including at London International Jazz Festival and United Europe Jazz Festival, as well as being the featured artists on BBC Radio 3’s “Jazz Line-Up”, Austrian National Radio and BBC Scotland’s “The Jazz House”. The music is rooted in European and American jazz, but is influenced by impressionist piano music and film music, and Benzie’s love of Japanese animation gives a visual, storytelling quality. From sensitive, magical textures to virtuosic explosions of energy, the trio are both sophisticated and accessible, with the warmth, empathy and interplay that can only be achieved through great friendship and years of making music together. The trio will be playing music from their brand new second album, “Little Mysteries” (Feb 2018). “Andrew Robb and Marton Juhasz on bass and drums are all about close ensemble interaction, and sometimes it’s as if their sounds were coming out from the inside of Benzie’s piano… Benzie’s playing has a hushed yet yearning quality to it; an exquisite touch and elegant virtuosity make for a thoroughly engaging listen.” (Jazzwise). “Tasteful and well-judged, this trio makes a terrific team… Benzie has created a set of memorable tunes and his playing, plus that of his colleagues, is exemplary… There is a radiance and beauty about this music…” (The Jazz Mann).
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12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Fat horns and heavy riffs, with a healthy serving of New Orleans grooves, from Tom Pickles’ 6-piece with sax, trumpet & trombone horns plus Jed Potts (gtr/voc), bass and drums: a mix of originals, classics and a few unexpected covers

Thu 22

6-8.30pm, 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   BECC SANDERSON SEXTET

A concert series of three performances at the Jazz Bar, culminating in the live album recording of the band on the final date. Created in 2014 as living Real Book of Becc’s 30 year career, the sextet is a perfect marriage of Sanderson’s mellifluous voice and husband Chris Greive’s prodigious arranging talents. From the blues of Buddy and Ella Johnson to classic standards, releasing their exquisite CD Glow in December of 2014, the sextet has featured songs from the beginning by their contemporary artist of choice, David Bowie. Featured are the creme de la creme of Scottish Jazz talent, with Steve Hamilton on Piano, Tom Gordon on Drums, Martin Kershaw on Saxophones, Brian Shiels on Double Bass, and MD Chris Greive on Trombone.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 23

6-8.30pm, 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) £7/£6  HELENA KAY QUARTET

Featuring Helena Kay on tenor saxophone, Peter Johnstone on piano, Andrew Robb on double bass and Doug Hough on drums.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   COW COW BOOGIE

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

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sat 24

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £5/£4   STEWART FORBES QUARTET feat MALCOLM MACFARLANE

The SF Quartet are going to be exploring ‘low note music’ – making use of the bass flute, bass clarinet and baritone saxophone in particular. With musical styles and influences drawn from the tradition – including fast straight-ahead Bebop and ballads – to more contemporary hard bop such as Wayne Shorter & Roland Kirk –  together with the more funky soulful groove of Eddie Harris and Bob Berg.

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 (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   SKELTR

Skeltr’s Spiritual Punk Funk comes at the audience with sumptuous, technically prolific saxophone solos alongside mysterious samples, synths and loopers for a heartwrenching and thoughtful cascade of modern and technical soulful funk. Having recently warmed up for KNOWER at the London Jazz Fest ’17 and played alongside Dinosaur at the famous ‘Oslo Jazzscene’ in Norway – Skeltr are making big waves in their first year. Having had their debut album recently played on JazzFm and earmarked by Jazzwise Magazine as one to watch for 2018, Skeltr’s winding musical journey is one not to be missed. “After a matter of seconds of the opening number, it was clear this was going to be one of those extra special gigs” (Paul Bream, Jazz North East). “An electrifying new duo in which Sam Healey’s roaring sax lines soar above Craig Hanson’s drum patterns, electronic soundscapes and samples, manipulated live in the moment: a striking, expansive sound with a buzzing energy at its core.” (Steve Mead, Manchester Jazz Festival).

PLUS DJ

Sun 25

6-8.30pm, 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) £5/4   ALI AFFLECK’S SUNDAY SPEAKEASY

Vintage New Orleans jazz and blues from award-winning vocalist Alison Affleck (after sell-out Fringe shows!), back with her cheeky mix of renowned local musicians, with Colin Steele (trumpet), Steve Hamilton (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Jack Wilson (drums). With passionate handling of the lyrics (‘stunningly expressive’ – San Diego Tribune) coupled with a light-hearted, mischievous stage presence.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

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

Mon 26

8pm £5/£4   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 (Entry from 10.30pm) £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 27

6-8.30pm, 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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 28

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO 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 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   MEERKAT PARADE

The band consists of four like-minded musicians who all have a love for creating new and exciting music. On guitar David Series. This project is David’s first outing as a band leader with the music being influenced by amongst others Julian Arguelles, Lage Lund, Graeme Stephen and Jim Hall. James Lindsay plays bass (2014 Martyn Bennett Prize for Composition), Max Popp on drums (recently performing on BBC Jazz nights with Fraser Urquhart up and coming jazz musician of the year) and Huw Rees on piano/ Rhodes (Winner of 2014 Dave Holland composition award).

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Fat horns and heavy riffs, with a healthy serving of New Orleans grooves, from Tom Pickles’ 6-piece with sax, trumpet & trombone horns plus Jed Potts (gtr/voc), bass and drums: a mix of originals, classics and a few unexpected covers.