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.


MARCH


Fri 1

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   KING BEE

Boasting an unorthodox line-up including sax, flute, trumpet, synthesizers, and vibraphone, the original jazz/funk fusion sounds of seven-piece Newcastle based powerhouse return to The Jazz Bar on 1st March. The band’s last vinyl release “Bee to the Flower” featured a remix by renowned French DJ/Producer The Reflex catching the ear of ex Radio One and JazzFM DJ Robbie Vincent and play-listed for the Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show on JazzFM. Expect to hear this and new tracks from King Bee’s new album due for release later this year… You don’t want to miss this one!
One of the best funk bands in the North” Band on the Wall Manchester
“…they played with verve, it was a joy to attend a gig so full of power” Erminia Yardley. Senior Writer (UK) jazzineurope.com

12-2.30am £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, with outstanding vocals from Nicole Smit.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 2

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   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   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 3

2-5pm 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.

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) £6/£5   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 £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 4

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   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.

Tue 5

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 £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 6

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   JESS ABRAMS QUARTET

After last year’s sold out German tour and recent Fringe success, New Yorker (now Edinburgh resident) Jess Abrams comes back to the Jazz Bar with her intimate and authentic style – ‘finding her own meaning in each lyric and making it her own (Jazz UK). Jess, along with her superb trio of Huw Rees on piano, Andrew Robb on bass and Dan Shearer on drums will play her eclectic mix of tunes “…inviting you in and making you feel so good, you won’t want to leave.” (Jazzwise Magazine).

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 7

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   TAUPE – EP LAUNCH: GET THE KEYS

Taupe are a Newcastle upon Tyne based trio specializing in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance. The group’s sound is built of influences drawing from free jazz and math metal to hip-hop grooves and post-bop, with a healthy dollop of skronk, all navigated down a path that seeks to blur the line between carefully constructed rhythmic compositions and explosive group improvisation.

This EP commemorates the evening when two passers-by attempted to steal the band’s car and equipment – while they were still in it, crystallising moments of shit-your-pants fear, adrenaline, relief and bafflement into a vivid lumpy soup of razor-sharp wonk riffs, exploratory free-jazz and explosive telekenesis.

Featuring Adam Stapleford: Drums, Mike Parr Burman: Guitar, Jamie Stockbridge: Saxophone.

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 8

6-8pm, 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.

8.30pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5  KREWE OF MUSES: A WOMEN’S DAY/MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION MASH-UP

This is a joint celebration of Mardi Gras AND International Women’s Day – a special super band of female artists will be assembling to create a wild party  at our beloved speakeasy jazz bar. 12 musicians will be taking the stage in small groups with the event cumulating in a final ‘super-group’!
*Muses: (in Greek and Roman mythology) each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences.
*A Krewe is an organization that puts on a parade or ball for the Carnival season. The term is best known for its association with Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. These are predominantly male groups, as the only female roles for women were as Queens or Mardi Gras Courts. The first all-female parade in 1941 was met with men along the route throwing rotten vegetables at the riders.
This event lends its name from the distinguished Krewe of Muses, the first all-female Mardi-Gras Krewe to parade uptown at night in New Orleans, and the first female Super-Krewe to allow open membership. Today they are 1,500 members strong.
Please note: Music STARTS 8.30pm

12-2.30am £6/£5   MELISA KELLY & THE SMOKIN’ CROWS

Following the success of their appearance for the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival at Jazz Bar, Melisa Kelly and the Smokin Crows are back. With songs from their recently released album ‘Devil’s Luck’ and covers of some of their favorite influences such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles. Come down and shake a tail feather with this powerful soul and blues band. “What a band! What a voice” – Chris Storr, Jools Holland’s R’n’B Orchestra. “I had to stop what I was doing, it was that good” – Big Boy Bloater, Blues Magazine Radio.

PLUS DJ

Sat 9

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   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   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 FUNK DJ

Sun 10

2-5pm 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.

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) £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 11

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 12

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 £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 13

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   DUNCAN EAGLES GROUP

Duncan Eagles “is fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene” (JazzWise) bringing his latest artistic statement in the form of his new album ‘Citizen’. This will be Duncan’s debut album following a string of releases with UK group Partikel “one of the most exciting trios in improvised music” (Jazz Podium)
Duncan began his musical journey on the piano studying classical music before picking up the saxophone aged 16. He quickly began performing around London and went on to study at Trinity College of Music. Composing is something that Duncan was drawn towards very early on so he formed his first band made up of like minded musicians that he met from being active on the south west London music scene. The band secured a Monday night residency that is still going today which provided a platform to find and develop his musical voice. This group went on to release four albums to much critical acclaim and opened up the opportunity to perform at venues and festivals all over the world including tours to China, Europe, Canada and the USA. Now with his fifth studio album and debut as a leader, this latest statement reflects on the experiences and atmospheres he has witnessed over the past few years on his travels around the globe. Recorded in Kent and mixed at London’s Abbey Road studios the album features London based musicians David Preston – Guitar, Matt Robinson – Piano, Max Luthert – Bass and Dave Hamblett – Drums. Together they create a set of melodic, creative and highly personal music.
“Think of the sound of JD Allen on “I Am I Am” played through the filter of an English sense of melancholia” DownBeat USA
“Saxophonist Duncan Eagles holds the stage with his attractively dry tone, sharpness and the urgent ferocity of his tenor improvising” John Fordham, The Guardian

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 14

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   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 £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 15

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  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   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 16

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   RIANNA WALCOTT BAND

The soulful Rianna Walcott returns to the Jazz bar, after performing with various combinations in Edinburgh over the last five years, and a recent move to London. Along with special guests Khalid Al Khajah and Olivia Lucia, they’ll be bringing a mixture of originals, swinging jazz standards and some funky neo-soul tunes, drawing on diverse influences from Sarah Vaughan to Erykah Badu.

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 ASTROJAZZ

Sun 17

2-5pm 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.

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) £6/£5   A TRIBUTE TO ART PEPPER

Art Pepper has been hailed as the most important jazz altoist to emerge in the generation after Charlie Parker, writing and playing with incredible technique, passion and soul. This joyful tribute, with an all-star line-up of Martin Kershaw (sax), Tom MacNiven (trumpet), Euan Stevenson (piano), Andy Sharkey (bass) and Doug Hough (drums) will feature all the fabulous energy of Pepper’s music, including such classics as ‘Mambo de la Pinta’, ‘Straight Life’, ‘Angel Wings’ and ‘Pepper Returns’

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 18

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 19

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 £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 20

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   BMQ: DEXTER GORDON TRIBUTE

Brian Molley Quartet pay homage to jazz legend, and tenor sax icon Dexter Gordon. Featuring classic tracks from the Blue Note era, including from the timeless albums ‘Go’, ‘Our Man in Paris’ and ‘A Swingin’ Affair’, BMQ respectfully pay tribute to a true giant of jazz. Featuring Brian Molley (Tenor Sax), Euan Stevenson (Piano), Andrew Robb (Double Bass), Max Popp (Drums).

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 21

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   LOUISE DODDS

Scottish jazz vocalist Louise Dodds returns to The Jazz Bar for her first gig of 2019. She will be joined on stage by the wonderful Tom Gibbs on piano, Ed Kelly on double bass and Max Popp on drums. The quartet will be performing lots of brand new material including Louise’s arrangements of Great American Songbook standards, bebop classics and self penned vocaleses to solos by some of her favourite musicians such as Hank Mobley and Dexter Gordon.
A regular performer on the jazz scene in Scotland and London, Louise has performed at many of the UK’s top jazz festivals and venues, including a headline slot at the London Jazz Festival at Pizza Express in 2013. This followed on from the release of her album ‘Fly’ a mix of her arrangements of jazz standards, self-penned vocaleses and her own original compositions, which was featured on several BBC Radio jazz shows. She was honoured to be able to record with the incredible John Pearce, Dave Green, Steve Brown and Martin Shaw, and the success of the album allowed her to subsequently book an eight date UK tour.
In 2014, Louise became one of only a handful of UK jazz artists to be awarded touring support from Jazz Services UK and the Arts Council England in 2014 for the tour, her tribute to the late great Horace Silver, ‘A Song for Horace’.
“Louise exudes the confidence of a vocalist who has put in the hard work…who loves her craft… who has carefully studied those who have gone before and has picked out elements of their jazz language and sculpted it into something that is very much her own. Her charm ensures a delivery that is sincere, and allows her musicality to reinforce her performance which is at all times genuine, demonstrating depth and warmth in spadefuls” Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio Ulster

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 22

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   LIEKO QUINTET

Manchester-based group turning contemporary jazz on its head with melodic, groove-infused compositions. Treading a path somewhere between soul music and folk song, they use melody as a focal point for moving between riff-based interplay and free-form improvisation. When blended together with the rhythmic precision of old school funk and cathartic energy of Nigerian afrobeat, the result is a brain-melting concoction of new-world explorations.

12-2.30am £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. Hip Hop Banjo!

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 23

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   JAZZMAIN

JazzMain remains one of Scotland’s longest established ‘same-personnel’ quartets, fusing an eclectic blend of Latin, post-bop ‘Blue Note’ and beautifully arranged ballads into a terrific ‘melting pot’ of straight-ahead music influenced by 1950s and 60s jazz luminaries Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and amongst many others. Fronted by tenor saxophonist Nick Gould and featuring pianist Steve Grossart, drummer Kevin Dorrian, and bassist Iain Harkness.

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   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 BARNEY RUBBLE

Sun 24

2-5pm 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.

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) £6/£5   GEORGIA CÉCILE

An accomplished vocalist and songwriter, Georgia Cécile has been captivating audiences with her engaging and heartfelt delivery of eloquent self-penned songs and classic jazz standards. Working towards the release of her debut album in 2018, she has crafted some timeless original songs with award-winning pianist Euan Stevenson, receiving acclaim from audience and critics alike. “Georgia is a refreshing new voice who delivers with class and style… Modern and soulful, but absolutely rooted in the traditions of mainstream jazz.”  BBC Radio Scotland. “Powerful and soulful…” The Scotsman

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 25

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 26

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 £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 27

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/£5   JEFF HERR CORPORATION

From Luxembourg, the Jeff Herr’s Corporation is a classy European trio with Jeff on drums, Maxime Bender on saxophone and Laurent Payfert on bass, a new highly skilled and energetic trio which relies on compositional abilities from each of the 3 members. Well-arranged and structured songs as well as wild and free improvisations cover the band’s large repertoire, filled with some surprising cover songs from well-known Pop artists such as David Bowie or Jimi Hendrix. The strength and tightness of the band emerge with a strong rhythmical impact and the wonderful lyricism of Maxim held on beat by the fabulous Laurent on bass.

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 28

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) £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 29

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   ADRIAN COX PRESENTS ‘PROFOUNDLY BLUE’

Profoundly Blue is a highly-acclaimed concert celebrating the traditional hot jazz music of Louisiana-born clarinettist Edmond Hall. The show features leading UK clarinet star Adrian Cox with his first-class band; Joe Webb (piano), Simon Read (double bass) and Gethin Jones (drums).
The title Profoundly Blue comes from the 1941 hit album which featured Hall, along with Meade Lux Lewis and Charlie Christian. Cox leads the quartet with this as a starting point and continues through a programme of lesser known tunes from the albums Rumpus on Rampart Street and Petit Fleur. Together they bring to life a fine selection of Hall’s work with Eddie Condon, Teddy Wilson and of course, Louis Armstrong, in this fantastic tribute to one of the true legends of jazz.

12-2.30am £6/£5   101ST AIRBORNE

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.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 30

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  ANT LAW 4

Described as “An innovator” and “A gamechanger” in The Guardian, Ant’s third album ‘Life I Know’ for Edition Records was released in November 2018 and has been received very warmly by critics. Although now resident in London, Ant lived in Edinburgh for six years, where he cut his teeth. Tonight sees Ant reunite with old friends in a supergroup: Ed Kelly (bass), Steve Hamilton (keys) & Paul Mills (drums). They’ll be exploring all kinds of music from across the great breadth of the jazz tradition – don’t miss it!

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   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 ASTROJAZZ

Sun 31

2-5pm 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.

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) £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.