Current Programme

July ‘17


Mon 24

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

Keep that weekend party going! Come down and boogie with this high-octane electric 6-piece with punchy sax/trumpet horn lines, delivering high end funk-fusion versions of Nirvana, Tower of Power, Massive Attack, Snarky Puppy & more, fronted by the larger-than-life manic sax/vocals of Angus Munro: ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 25

6-8pm, 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

8.30-11.30pm (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   SUN JUICE

SunJuice in your ears, eyes, toes & soul. An international conflagration of all original Balkan/klezmer/funk/skunk & jass to nibble, dazzle, tap and nourish every imaginable appendage. Come down and jump around.

Wed 26

6.30-8pm, 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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   PAAPRIKA

Sinking into the music of Paaprika is like diving into a clear blue sea and finding it’s far deeper and stranger than you’d expected. The strong currents of the luminous shallows carry you far below into opaque depths where gigantic plain coloured shapes linger in something very close to silence. With Robin Engelhard (electric guitar), Andrius Dereviancenko (tenor sax), Brodie Jarvie (double bass), and Guy Salamon (drums).

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 27

6-8pm, 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.

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   A/B TRIO

A/B trio brings together three of Canada’s most in-demand performing and recording musicians – Thom Bennett (drums and cymbals), Dan Davis (saxophone), and Josh McHan (double bass). This group is inspired by the open-sounding, chordless groups of Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman, as well as being informed by the work of Chris Potter and Ari Hoenig. Their material ranges from inventive re-interpretations of standards to modern, original repertoire. The trio’s format is fresh, and their music is at turns fun, accessible, melodic and compelling.

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

Groove/Funk 6-piece, with funky horn section of Jonny White (sax) and trumpet ace Chuck Dearness

Fri 28

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   TARTAN UNDERGROUND Acoustic Showcase

Acoustic session with specially invited guests each week showcasing the hidden talents of Scottish songwriting, hosted by troubadour singer/songwriter Sher Watson.

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   LUCY MAE

Using a sweet blend of Jazz, Soul & Trip Hop – Lucy Mae is creating her own vibe. Joined by her band of highly skilled Jazz musicians (all based in Manchester) this outfit are taking their home city by storm. Listen to the fusion of mellow music, inspired by the likes of Erykah Badu, Sade, The Cinematic Orchestra & Portico Quartet. Original pieces that will captivate you & ambient, cinematic reworks of some Jazz classics.

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 AKI

Sat 29

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.45-8pm 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.

8.30-11.30pm (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   DANA DIXON BAND

Dance to raunchy authentic Blues, RnB and Rock from this great 4-piece blues band, fronted by the vocals and harmonica of Dana Dixon, and powered by the soaring slide guitar of Dave Dixon.

PLUS DJ CALUM

Sun 30

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   ALI AFFLECK’S SUNDAY SPEAKEASY

Spontaneous, fun and always dance-able, The Gin Mill Genies will take you back to the days of the Speakeasy with wild abandon and authenticity! Embracing the friendly sounds of piano-centric early blues and jazz, The Gin Mill Genies offer up their passionate flavour of prohibition era music. With Ali’s powerful ‘storytelling style’ of vocal delivery and the stunning musicality of Steve Hamilton, Colin Steel and Davide Rinaldi – this is a lively performance that stirs up emotions will get you up dancing!

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 31

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

Keep that weekend party going! Come down and boogie with this high-octane electric 6-piece with punchy sax/trumpet horn lines, delivering high end funk-fusion versions of Nirvana, Tower of Power, Massive Attack, Snarky Puppy & more, fronted by the larger-than-life manic sax/vocals of Angus Munro: ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)


AUGUST ’17


Tue 1

6-8pm, 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

8.30-11.30pm (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 2

6.30-8pm, 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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   ROZ MacDONALD QUINTET

‘Newly formed trio led by Leeds based bass player and 2016 Yamaha jazz scholar, Roz Macdonald. She brings an eclectic mix of her own compositions and arrangements drawing influences from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Grant Green. Featuring the Glasgow based guitarist Joe Williamson and drummer Greg Irons. Leeds meets Glasgow in an exciting new project.

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 3

6-8pm, 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.

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ROLLER TRIO

Roller Trio’s mix of high octane technicality and deceptively catchy tunes has transcended their Jazz heritage bringing them acclaim from fans and critics. “What sets this young group apart is how often they favour melody over muscle. Memorable tunes such as R-O-R and Where’s My Whip will resonate with listeners who have never darkened a jazz club door” The Times **** Stars. “Epic rock-edge riffs, angular sax explorations, brooding beats and haunting dub-step style electronics..” Jazzwise.

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


THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017
4th to 28th

During the Fringe Festival we mostly forego our usual programming in order to host a total of 216 individual independent fringe shows. That’s NINE shows per day from August 4th to 28th, 1pm to 5am every night! For full details of these shows and to book tickets in advance, please see our venue page on the Fringe Festival website HERE.

During this time we do manage to jam in a few of our own Jazz-Bar-organised gigs which we list on the Fringe official website as ‘Jazz Bar Music’. This is a generic title as these shows are so full and varied that they simply won’t fit into the regular Fringe programme! For full details of these shows, both during the day and late in the night; jazz, blues, folk, funk, and soul; special performances and our resident bands who play here year round; please see our special ‘JAZZ BAR MUSIC’ page HERE.


Tue 29

6-8pm, 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

8.30-11.30pm (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 30

6.30-8pm, 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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   PAUL MILLS QUARTET

High-octane jazz from simultaneous drummer and vocalist Paul Mills, accompanied by a crack team of Malcolm MacFarlane (guitar), Pete Johnstone (organ), and Gordon McNeil (sax).

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 31

6-8pm, 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.

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   BLUE NOTE QUINTET

A nod to the Blue Note era and style, featuring Yati Durant on Trumpet, Gordon McNeil on tenor saxophone, Ed Kelly on bass, Hugh Martin on drums and Jean-Baptiste Richon on piano, with a repertoire drawing from the likes of Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Benny Golson, and Herbie Hancock.

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