Current Programme

FEBRUARY ‘17

Mon 20

8pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 21

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 22

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

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

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            HK DUO

An offshoot from Trio HLK (who have just recorded their debut album), Pianist Richard Harrold and Drummer Richard Kass perform electronic duo arrangements of the HLK compositions. The music unifies modern Jazz with compositional techniques from Contemporary Classical music. The pieces feature dense, complex rhythms and textures, and virtuosic improvisation over ambitious frameworks; they are strewn with temporal distortions, rhythmic tricks, and rhythmic and harmonic ambiguities. They draws on a wide range of musical styles, including electronica, metal, and Latin music, while unifying them with a unique approach and instrumentation. “Stravinsky on steroids!” – The Jazz House

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 23

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            KEITH EDWARDS QUINTET

‘Hard Bop’ swinging arrangements by Keith Edwards (sax) with Donald Corbett (trumpet/flugelhorn), Robert Pettigrew (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Aldo Morrow (drums). Their sets include original compositions by trumpeter Corbett, 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) £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 24

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            SZYMON MIKA TRIO

The trio is led by multi-awarded jazz guitarist Szymon Mika with Max Mucha on double bass and internationally acknowledged drummer – Ziv Ravitz, based in New York. Beautiful, intelligent mainstream jazz guitar. Szymon Mika is one of the most talented guitarists of his generation, prizewinner of International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition, Grand Prix Jazz Nad Odrą and many more.
 He is recognized for his great technique and sound and players such as Peter Bernstein, Mike Stern and John Abercrombie have expressed their admiration for his talent. Szymon has played numerous national and international festivals including Montreux Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Festival in Krakow and shares the stage with top Polish jazz musicians on a daily basis. 
He’s also a composer and has issued two CDs with some of his original music – “Organ Spot” by Organ Spot and “Popyt” by Mateusz Pałka/Szymon Mika Quartet.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5            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 25

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) MIKE, PAUL & GRAEME’S 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   NICOLE AND 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

Sun 26

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, featuring outstanding vocalist Ms Fiona Lynch.

Mon 27

8pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 28

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!)

MARCH 2017

Wed 1

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

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

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) £6/5   Alex Munk’s FLYING MACHINES

Flying Machines features some of the most innovative young musicians to emerge in recent years from the UK jazz scene, playing emotive, dramatic music and drawing upon diverse influences from jazz, pop, prog rock and metal to create an utterly unique and modern sound. Alex Munk (guitar), Matt Robinson (keys), Conor Chaplin (electric bass) and Dave Hamblett (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 2

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   SMITTEN

The underground smoky pop duo of vocalist Nicole Smit and guitarist Charlie Wild unveil exciting new material in their first show of the year in the Jazz Bar.

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 3

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   DANA DIXON BLUES 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.

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

Edinburgh bass legend Dave Ellis and ex-NZ sax player Doug Tiplady bring in their superb 5-piece playing fresh original material, with funky, groovy swing and bouncy Balkan/Klezmer sounds, plus guitar, keys and drums.

Sat 4

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)   MIKE, PAUL & GRAEME’S 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   THE BLUESWATER

This award-winning, touring Edinburgh 6-piece, fronted by singer Felipe Schrieberg, melds gritty, old-school Rhythm and Blues, influenced by the Chicago sound of Chess records, with the earthy, droning grooves of Deep South Mississippi, delivering raucous, high-energy performances with thick guitar riffs, frenzied harmonica solos and driving rhythms.

Sun 5

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   SINGERS NIGHT with WILLIAM YOUNG

An evening of blues, jazz and soul by the Kentucky-born singer, backed by a top-drawer jazz quartet featuring outstanding US drummer Paul Mills.

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 6

8pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 7

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 8

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

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

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) £10/£8   CLOUDMAKERS TRIO

Under the leadership of the award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jim Hart (a founding member of London’s Loop Collective), Cloudmakers Trio represents the culmination of over a decade of musical growth between three of the finest musicians currently working on the international jazz, improvised and alternative music scenes.  With their uncompromising approach, Cloudmakers Trio effortlessly marry the complex with accessibility, the improvised with composed, and showcase original music that lies somewhere between New York’s downtown sound and the modern European tradition.  As a result their music defies easy category yet draws influence from a diverse range of traditions, featuring the under-exploited format of the vibraphone trio. While pushing the boundaries of what can be done with this instrumentation they remain devoted to in the moment risk taking, a deep groove and strong melodies. BACK AGAIN WITH GUESTS TOMORROW!

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 9

5.30-7.30pm, £8/£6   MASTERCLASS with the CLOUDMAKERS TRIO

An incredible opportunity to learn from these contemporary masters of jazz. Jim Hart, Michael Janisch and Dave Smith share their immense knowledge and experience of composition and arrangement techniques as well as some tricks of the trade in jazz improvisation. The Trio will also take questions in a Q&A session.
– An unmissable opportunity for local jazz students and musicians. Those attending the masterclass will earn half price entry (£5) to the full gig beginning at 8.30pm

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £10/£8   CLOUDMAKERS TRIO ‘FIVE’

The Cloudmakers Trio are back again for a second night, this time the trio are joined by Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler and French-based alto saxophonist Anton Tri Hoang for a collaboration that will see the band exploring their renown cataclysm of exciting rhythmical interplay paired with the two front line voices in what will surely result in their strongest program of original, genre-twisting music to date.

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 10

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   SLOW GEAR

Edinburgh based instrumental fusion sextet playing tunes with an eclectic mix of influences from jazz, blues, funk and rock. Punchy saxophones, beautiful keys and some deep funk from the bass featuring Fraser Knox (guitar), Scott Jamieson (drums), Michael Brogan (tenor sax), Sam Irvine (alto sax), Grant Bolton (keys), and Lewis Shaw (bass).

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

This impressive 5 piece of multi-instrumentalists melds instrumental Jazz Fusion and fresh Funk with Hip-Hop and World Music inflections. Expect dynamic improvisation and infectious polyrhythms from sax/trumpet horn section, keys, electric bass and drums.  ‘Very, very groovy’ (Stephen Duffy, Jazz House, BBC Radio Scotland).  Plus DJ

Sat 11

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)   MIKE, PAUL & GRAEME’S 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   THE MESS AROUNDS

In from Dundee, this vocals-fronted four-piece specialises in soul, Motown and classic pop/rock. These accomplished young musicians have grown to become one of the most popular acts in the East of Scotland, regularly pleasing crowds of dance hungry soul lovers. Plus DJ Barney

Sun 12

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   ROOTS 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, featuring outstanding vocals.

Mon 13

8pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 14

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 15

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

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

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   ELLIOT GALVIN TRIO

In 2014 The Elliot Galvin Trio were announced as the winners of the European Young Jazz Artist of the Year Award in Germany. That same year they released their debut album ‘Dreamland’ to rave reviews, with the Guardian calling it “audaciously accomplished” ****, Jez Nelson (BBC Radio 3, Jazz on 3) saying it was “extremely bold and progressive” and The German Jazz Magazine ‘JazzThing’ naming it as one of its albums of the year. Punch is their second album, and their debut for leading European jazz label, Edition Records. Released in August this year it is already receiving international acclaim.

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 16

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   VEIN TRIO

Pianist Michael Arbenz, drummer Florian Arbenz and bassist Thomas Lähns. Vein, a piano trio with a difference. “These guys can play together (like on “Funky Monkey”) at a new level of straight-eight interaction… They don’t really sound like anybody, but do proceed (way) out of the Evans-Bley tradition. Anybody who wants something truly new in the piano trio format would do well to hear this one.” Grego Edwards, Cadence, NYC

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 17

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   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 (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   BRASS GUMBO

Brass Gumbo provide a huge dose of funk and jazz, with a distinctly New Orleans flavour – mixing upbeat, highly danceable second line style tunes and plenty of funked-up covers of everyone from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk with buckets of energy and a wall of brass!

Sat 18

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   BANJO LOUNGE FOUR

Party-powering FUN from guitar, banjo, bass, drums plus 3-part vocals, delivering a brilliant Mash-up selection of songs by the likes of Louis Prima, Beyonce, New Order, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Punjabi MC, Stevie Wonder, Blur, Lady Gaga, The White Stripes, House of Pain, Survivor and more. Wot – Hip Hop Banjo?!?! Yes – superb!

Sun 19

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   ‘STORMY SUNDAY’ BLUES SHOWCASE

Monthly Blues night with resident band Piranha Blues plus this month’s Guests: THE ST

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 20

8pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 21

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 22

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

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

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   MARTIN KERSHAW QUINTET

A special gig from immensely talented local troupe led by Saxophonist Martin Kershaw to pay tribute to the life, soul, and music of jazz legend Art Pepper. Previously performing at the Glasgow Jazz Festival and Aberdeen’s acclaimed jazz venue The Blue Lamp to rave reviews. Featuring Tom MacNiven (trumpet), Euan Stevenson (piano), Andy Sharkey (bass), and Doug Houg (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 23

5-8pm, £3/£2   EDINBURGH COLLEGE EXAMS

Edinburgh College music students conduct their final performance exams.

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   JAY KILBRIDE SEXTET

Varied aspects of the Jazz tradition from Songbook standards, Hard Bop and West Coast classics to ECM tunes are interpreted and reinterpreted by the band through Jay’s own original arrangements. Led by Jay Kilbride (bass), and featuring Robert Henderson (trumpet), Scott Murphy (tenor sax), Liam Shortall (trombone), David Patrick (piano), and Chris Whitehouse (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 24

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   KEITH EDWARDS QUINTET

‘Hard Bop’ swinging arrangements by Keith Edwards (sax) with Donald Corbett (trumpet/flugelhorn), Robert Pettigrew (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Doug Houg (drums). Their sets include original compositions by trumpeter Corbett, 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   GECKO3

The popular, quirky Edinburgh 3-piece of Marty Philip (guitar/voc), Paul Gilbody (double-bass/voc) and Hugh Martin (drums) delivers a highly original programme of great funk/reggae and acid jazz songs. Plus Funk DJ

Sat 25

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   RAY HARRIS FUSION EXPERIENCE

Acid Jazz and Funky original songs with a touch of Latin/Brazil, from globetrotting Glasgow-based Raymond Harris (keys/voc) and his 5-piece unit.   Plus DJ Barney

Sun 26

4pm-5.30pm, £3   EDINBURGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC SHOWCASE

ESM Director Kira Emslie presents some of her top music students in a monthly showcase of their burgeoning vocal and instrumental talent

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, featuring outstanding vocalist Ms Fiona Lynch.

Mon 27

8pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 28

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 29

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

Listen in as the excellent 17-piece EUJO get their music together

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   STEWART FORBES QUARTET

Hard bop fusion jazz led by the impeccable alto saxophonist Stewart Forbes. This is a slightly different take on the standard quartet set up, replacing the piano with accomplished local guitarist Malcolm MacFarlane, and accompanied by Ed Kelly (bass) and David Carnegie (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 30

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   LORNA REID QUARTET

Edinburgh singer Lorna and her award-winning musicians play classic jazz from Cole Porter to Rogers and Hart, plus songs from Lorna’s acclaimed album, Falling Like Dew. Lorna’s vocals have been compared to Julie London, Diana Krall and Caro Emerald. ‘Smooth, soulful and sultry, simultaneously warm and very cool’ (ThreeWeeks).

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 31

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   MAIN STREET BLUES

Unadulterated electric blues from of one of the most prominent Scottish bands in the genre, with a powerful mix of high energy electric blues and funk material. A favourite around festivals, theatres and Arts Centres, the 4-piece has sold out its shows at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in the last five years and were recently featured on BBC TV. ‘A masterclass in musicianship – simply First Class’ – Press & Journal; ‘So tight you couldn’t slide a Rizla between them!’.- Ian Rankin

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

Back again for a very special weekend gig, the 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