Current Programme

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


May ’18


Tue 1

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

Open Stage ‘Jazz Jam’ where our excellent House Trio backs all kinds of surprise jazzy guests dropping in to play – and we’ve no idea who’s coming in until tonight! If you want to play, turn up with your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Soaring guitar and driving funk rhythms from brilliantly creative guitarist Aki Remally and his 4-piece Funk/Soul groove band (named after Jimi Hendrix’s US Army unit!)

Wed 2

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit and a Guitar. With swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, singer-guitarist Graeme Mearns presents a unique set of originals, classics and interpretations.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/5   GRAEME STEPHEN QUARTET

Highly creative and dynamic music led by one of Scotland’s most lyrical jazz guitarists, award winning innovative film composer Graeme Stephen. With influence from catchy pop tunes, traditional folk melodies and much more, this won’t be a ‘jazzy jazz’ gig. Inspired by fusion legends such as John Scofield, Bill Frisel and Brad Meldauh.

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.

Thu 3

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/6   BRIAN KELLOCK, CHRIS GARRICK & ED KELLY TRIO

Highly acclaimed musicians Brian Kellock (piano), Christian Garrick (violin), and Ed Kelly (bass) come together to create an all-star unplugged acoustic chamber-jazz trio, playing a mix of instrumentals ranging from swing standards through to beautiful ballads and beyond for an eclectic mash-up musical styles.

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 4

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   WORLD SERVICE PROJECT

WorldService Project is a unique British beast – 5 disillusioned soldiers who broke away from their battalion, leaving their King and Country behind to pursue a new path. Their exhilarating blend of anthemic punk jazz has been exported across the world alongside clear political soundings calling for humility, compassion and true collaboration. This spring, WSP launch their fourth album, and their second on RareNoiseRecords, Serve. A call to arms for those who are seeking a different path away from the colonial hangover suffered by this kingdom, who see the ‘greatness’ of this nation not as a platform for world advancement but instead an overbearing presence backed by greed, corporatism and a biased media. A show both musical and theatrical, expect fire, fury and passion in a whirlwind show of epic rock anthems, simmering grooves and extended improvisations from this award-winning ensemble. Featuring Dave Morecroft (keys/vocals), Ben Powling (saxophone), Raphael Clarkson (trombone), Arthur O’Hara (bass), and Harry Pope (drums).

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   JAMES BROWN IS ANNIE

Lay down the grooves with Scotland’s premier soul-funk outfit, James Brown Is Annie, as they gear up for the launch of their new album in September. Expect to hear funky favourites, soulful newbies, and lots of hip-shaking tunes by the likes of Steely Dan, Average White Band, and James Brown in between. Having just recorded their second album with AWB legend, Hamish Stuart, all bodes well for a hot, sweaty, funky night.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 5

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   STEWART FORBES – KEITH EDWARDS: JAZZBREAKERS

Stewart Forbes & Keith Edwards recall the unique ‘Hard Bop & Soul Jazz’ front line sound of 2 tenor saxes. Groups such as Zoot Sims & Al Cohn, Johnny Griffin & ‘Lockjaw’ Davis and especially UK’s own Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes ‘Jazz Couriers’ provide the inspiration.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

Every Saturday, a different hand-picked selection of five excellent jazz players meets on stage for the first time (hence the name) – and plays with no rehearsal, and not even a set list! It’s always a ‘surprise’ line-up – even for the players.

12-2.30am (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   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 DJ SIMON HODGE & JOHNNY CASHBACK

Sun 6

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   SINGERS NIGHT feat. WILLIAM YOUNG

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

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

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

Mon 7

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 (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Original soul music, plus songs by Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Lettuce and more.. ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 8

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

Open Stage ‘Jazz Jam’ where our excellent House Trio backs all kinds of surprise jazzy guests dropping in to play – and we’ve no idea who’s coming in until tonight! If you want to play, turn up with your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Soaring guitar and driving funk rhythms from brilliantly creative guitarist Aki Remally and his 4-piece Funk/Soul groove band (named after Jimi Hendrix’s US Army unit!)

Wed 9

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit and a Guitar. With swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, singer-guitarist Graeme Mearns presents a unique set of originals, classics and interpretations.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/5   JAZZ BAR QUARTET

We bring together some of the finest Jazz Bar local musicians for one special night. Martin Kershaw (sax), Tom Gibbs (piano), Ed Kelly (bass), and Max Popp (drums) playing standards and hardbop tunes.

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 10

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/5   PERICOPES +1

Just over two years after releasing their debut trio album, These Human Beings (Alfa Music), Pericopes+1 return with an inventive and compelling release, Legacy (Auand Records) in 2018. Throughout 2015-16, These Human Beings opened doors to new international stages and resulted in five tours throughout Europe, the UK and USA. Legacy finds Pericopes+1 embracing a new musical palette inspired by alternative and popular culture of the past several decades: dynamic grooves, rhythmic focus, Rhodes and new effects enhance clever compositional devices without distorting their acoustic sensibilities. As the title suggests, the new album pays respect to the iconoclastic artists who bravely followed their creative vision in light of extreme uncertainty. Featuring Nick Wight (drums), Alex Sgobbio (piano), and Emi Vernizzi (saxophone).

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 11

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   LASSEN feat. BRAM DE LOOZE

Harald Lassen is conquering the world with his new band LASSEN including Belgian hot shot pianist Bram De Looze (LAB trio) and a Norwegian rhythm section reminiscent of the seventies jazz heyday – Tore Flatjord (drums) & Stian Andersen (bass). The outfit plays colourful, passionate and catchy jazz, inspired by the 70’s and life so far. Common for all four musicians is the love of good melodies, the importance of jazz history paid with an unmatched need to explore. “It is impressionistic, it is beautiful – it is life!” – Molde International Jazz Festival 2017

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   JON MACKENZIE BAND

Jon’s band consisting of Electric Guitar, Drums, Fender Bass, Organ and Harmonica, will be playing a psychedelic blues set consisting of original tunes and cover version. Expect Link Wray to Little Walter and Chuck Berry to Canned Heat and many things in between. Chess Records Rhythm and Blues classics, Garage Boogie, Psychedelic wig-out’s and a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sat 12

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   ALI AFFLECK

Vocalist Ali Affleck leads the Gin Mill Genies on a laid back early evening bluesy swing session with some fresh material… Fraser Urquhart, Colin Steele, Ed Kelly and Max Pop. Just the tonic for a swinging spring night!

9-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

Every Saturday, a different hand-picked selection of five excellent jazz players meets on stage for the first time (hence the name) – and plays with no rehearsal, and not even a set list! It’s always a ‘surprise’ line-up – even for the players.

12-2.30am (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   THE BACKUP CREW

Lively and soulful blues party, paying homage to the most important women in blues history and featuring stunning singer Nicole Smit.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sun 13

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   ‘STORMY SUNDAY’ BLUES SHOWCASE

Monthly Blues night with resident band Piranha Blues plus this month’s special guest Sinead Savage.
Sinead is a professional singer from Northern Ireland. In 2006 she moved to Barcelona and formed her own Funk/Soul group, Sinead and the Flytones, plus Jazz trio Cottontail. She has worked regularly as a session singer for a number of studios providing backing vocals and composing music, and has performed with John Cale as a backing vocalist in the Primavera Sound Festival. She has just moved to Edinburgh and is ready to get stuck in to the local scene.

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 14

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 (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Original soul music, plus songs by Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Lettuce and more.. ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 15

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

Open Stage ‘Jazz Jam’ where our excellent House Trio backs all kinds of surprise jazzy guests dropping in to play – and we’ve no idea who’s coming in until tonight! If you want to play, turn up with your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Soaring guitar and driving funk rhythms from brilliantly creative guitarist Aki Remally and his 4-piece Funk/Soul groove band (named after Jimi Hendrix’s US Army unit!)

Wed 16

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit and a Guitar. With swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, singer-guitarist Graeme Mearns presents a unique set of originals, classics and interpretations.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/£5   ALEX HITCHCOCK QUINTET

The Alex Hitchcock Quintet (‘a fantastic talent’ – Helen Mayhew, JazzFM) play at Edinburgh’s Jazz Bar supporting their debut CD ‘Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals’, as part of a 14-date UK tour. Having already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Høiby through Chris Potter to Elliot Galvin, the quintet features five of the most creative rising stars of the UK’s jazz scene. Highlights from the past year include performances at Love Supreme Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, and the London Jazz Festival, as well as a tour of Hungary and Poland and radio play on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM. Featuring Alex Hitchcock (tenor sax), James Copus (trumpet/flugelhorn), Will Barry (piano), Joe Downard (bass), and Jay Davis (drums).
‘Sax virtuoso… one to watch’ – Jazzwise
‘If I suggest that it reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter, that will give you some idea of the impact it had on me. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word, with the front-line of Hitchcock and Copus playing as one, but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose’ – thejazzman.com

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 17

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) £7/5   SUGARWORK – Album Launch

Sugarwork are saxophonist Phil Bancroft, guitarist Graeme Stephen, drummer Stu Brown, and their ringleader, keyboard player Paul Harrison, who brought them together. They make music that wilfully goes against any tradition, but nonetheless gives room for improvisation to flourish that’s both daring and sensitive. Their sound encompasses a vast landscape from post-rock riffs, dark electronica, industrial looping, psychedelic exploration, and melodic european jazz. The band’s first album will be available for the first time tonight. The CD features original artwork and photography by David Stanley, and purchases will come with a limited edition numbered download card also featuring Stanley’s artwork, enabling a download copy of the CD.

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 18

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   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 (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   SWAMPFOG

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

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 19

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   PRIME TRIO

The debut concert of a  new collaborative trio embracing the  organ trio sound. The trios music features  new  original  compositions by the members plus classic standards and contemporary jazz repertoire.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

Every Saturday, a different hand-picked selection of five excellent jazz players meets on stage for the first time (hence the name) – and plays with no rehearsal, and not even a set list! It’s always a ‘surprise’ line-up – even for the players.

12-2.30am (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5  MIAMI VINCE

PLUS DJ CALUM

Sun 20

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   RUN LOGAN RUN

Bristol duo Run Logan Run are a head on collision of pounding tribal drums and screaming guttural saxophone. Formed through a shared passion for improvisation, spiritual jazz and heavier experimental music, the duo has been authoring their own narrative in the new wave of crossover jazz. Architects of intense contrast the duo’s diverse and precise instrumentation regularly flirts with fragility and raw power. Their debut album ‘The Delicate Balance Of Terror’ is filled with contemplative deep jazz moments lodged in cyclic hypnotic trances, which are pushed to their very limits by ruthless drum sections. It was produced by Danalogue & Betamax (The Comet Is Coming). RLR have been championed by Gilles Peterson on BBC 6 Music and Jez Nelson on Jazz FM. Their recent video ‘Death Is Elsewhere’ was premiered by Clash Music, who called it “a raw, aggressive, and unrelentingly creative sound”.

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 21

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 (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Original soul music, plus songs by Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Lettuce and more.. ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 22

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

Open Stage ‘Jazz Jam’ where our excellent House Trio backs all kinds of surprise jazzy guests dropping in to play – and we’ve no idea who’s coming in until tonight! If you want to play, turn up with your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Soaring guitar and driving funk rhythms from brilliantly creative guitarist Aki Remally and his 4-piece Funk/Soul groove band (named after Jimi Hendrix’s US Army unit!)

Wed 23

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit and a Guitar. With swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, singer-guitarist Graeme Mearns presents a unique set of originals, classics and interpretations.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/5   STEWART FORBES QUARTET

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

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 24

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   HIPPO

Mind-spinning jazz futurism from Bristol-based synth jazz/funk band Hippo, featuring Doug Cave (composition, synth, saxes), Henry Binning (synths), Toby Perrett (drums). A future jazz vision buried in a nest of beefy electronics and bouncing rhythms. Saxophones, synthesisers and drums go in, Hippo comes out. “Impressive jazz minimalism” – Bris 24/7. “Floor filling, rhythmic jazz magic” – Cosmogramma .

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 25

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   PUBLIC INFORMATION

Cool/Hot funky/electric modern jazz from an Edinburgh 4-piece of great players. Originals and rearranged standards, plus some lesser-heard material by Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis et al, from Don Kelman (sax/flute), Iain Carleton (guitar), Ron Ballin (electric bass) and Desmond Travis (drums).

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 26

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 PAUSE

American trumpeter Jon Green returns to the stage after a year brought a new baby (yes!) and a new president (no!). New music influenced by Bill Frisell, Gillian Welch, and Kenny Wheeler with a lineup featuring Chris Greive (trombone), Rich Harrold (piano), Huw Rees (keyboards), and Davide Rinaldi (drums), with special guests.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ SEXTET

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. This week the usual quintet will be a sextet featuring US saxophonist Arun Luthra.

12-2.30am (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   AKI & THE LIONS

HEAVY FUNK DISCOTHEQUE delivering a super spangly set with some Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly Stone and Booker T. Jones and some hard to find gems.

PLUS DJ CALUM

Sun 27

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 SPEAKEASY SESSIONS

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

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

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

Mon 28

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 (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   AKI & THE LIONS

HEAVY FUNK DISCOTHEQUE with resident guitar hero Aki Remally, delivering a super spangly set with some Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly Stone and Booker T. Jones and some hard to find gems.

Tue 29

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

Open Stage ‘Jazz Jam’ where our excellent House Trio backs all kinds of surprise jazzy guests dropping in to play – and we’ve no idea who’s coming in until tonight! If you want to play, turn up with your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Soaring guitar and driving funk rhythms from brilliantly creative guitarist Aki Remally and his 4-piece Funk/Soul groove band (named after Jimi Hendrix’s US Army unit!)

Wed 30

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit and a Guitar. With swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, singer-guitarist Graeme Mearns presents a unique set of originals, classics and interpretations.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/5   MEERKAT PARADE

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

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

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

Thu 31

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   ‘SHADES OF DAVE PELL’ OCTET

Jazz octet inspired by arrangements of Marty Paich, Bill Holman, John Williams, Shorty Rodgers, Andre Previn, Bob Florance, Wes Hensel, Johnny Mandell, Jerry Fielding & Jack Montrose, and featuring the subtle harmonies, drive & swing of the USA’s cool “West Coast Sound” of the 50’s & 60’s as made famous by the Dave Pell Octet. Honoring the full career and incredible talent of the late, great, saxophonist.

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.