Current Programme

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


OCTOBER


Wed 17

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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

7pm-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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   LOUISE DODDS QUARTET

This autumn sees the return of Scottish jazz vocalist Louise Dodds to the stage after a 4-year hiatus. Backed by some of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians (Pete Johnstone (piano), Andy Robb (double bass) and Max Popp (drums)), Louise will be performing her trademark blend of fresh arrangements of standards, classic bebop numbers and self-penned vocaleses. A regular performer on the jazz scene in Scotland and London, and semi-finalist at the International Jazz Vocalist competition in Lithuania in 2012, 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 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’. The band take to The Jazz Bar stage on Wednesday October 17th at 9pm. As always, expect the unexpected. “She always sings with heart, and a true feeling for jazz, with great phrasing in the groove. She knows what the lyrics are about, and above all she swings.” – Steve Brown. “A genuine improvising jazz vocalist” – Stephen Duffy, BBC Radio Scotland

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 18

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   KEVIN MACKENZIE TRIO

An interactive and dynamic guitar trio playing original compositions and arrangements of popular jazz standards. “Mackenzie demonstrates a composer’s ear and vision that equals his improvising skills” The Guardian Mario Caribe (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums).

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 19

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 LOUIS & THE PRIMAS

Madcap, non-stop party frontman Dave Batchelor (trombone/voc) brings in his hugely entertaining band playing the music of jump/jive 50s Vegas king Louis Prima (‘Jungle Book’ theme!). His all-star 6-piece features harmonica wiz Fraser Speirs, Fat Sam’s Band leader Hamish McGregor (sax), top trumpeter Colin Steele, Duncan Findlay (guitar), Robert Pettigrew (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Aldo Morrow (drums)

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   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.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 20

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   GRAEME WILSON QUARTET

This cross-border quartet return to the Jazz Bar with new material building on their acclaimed 2016 release ‘Sure Will Hold a Boat’. Expect more off-kilter earworms and heartfelt ballads mining the stray seams of jazz, improv, funk and prog-rock. Wilson, a Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra stalwart, has worked with everyone from Evan Parker to John Faddis and Bill Wells. Paul Edis is on call for the likes of Tim Garland, Julian Siegel and Alan Barnes; Drummer Adam Sinclair’s extraordinary versatility is in demand for acts as diverse as Tony Kofi, The Unthanks, Nitin Sawhney and Therapy? “Joyous solos…brilliant rhythm team… This is the sound of a band having fun” – The Jazz Mann; “As good as it gets” – Bebop Spoken Here

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   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 ASTROJAZZ

Sun 21

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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 22

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! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 23

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

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 24

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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

7pm-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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/£5   PLUME

Plume are a Manchester-based four-piece boasting a distinctive sound influenced as much by the continuum of contemporary electronic music as it is by jazz and minimalism. All four members (Caroline Hendry – vocals; John Diver – guitar; Andy Patterson – bass guitar; Joe Luckin – drums) are graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music, combining education and expertise with innovation and flare to produce a unique and refined musical hybrid. After finishing their studies, the four stayed on in their adopted home of Manchester, drawn deeply to the city’s fertile musical culture. Performing and writing across the city in various musical outfits, they would soon coalesce naturally into Plume, weaving their disparate musical interests and backgrounds covering jazz, techno, drum and bass and post-punk into the quartet that exists today.

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 25

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   MYRIAD3

Myriad3 was an accident. Chris, Dan, and Ernesto had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has completed multiple tours of Canada, the US and Europe, including a performance at Ronnie Scott’s International Jazz Piano Trio Festival, a tour of Canadian jazz festivals in 2014, a show at the 2016 Tokyo Jazz Festival, and a showcase performance at Jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany. The band is a true collective. Each member acts simultaneously as a leader and as a sideman. They play mostly original music that features different aspects of jazz improvisation, ensemble performance and contemporary composition.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 26

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   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 27

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 (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   LOGAN’S CLOSE

Logan’s Close are an Edinburgh based four-piece, performing original music with strong influence from 60s rhythm and blues. They mix traditional blues influences with forward thinking ideas, combining clever harmonies and seemingly endless onstage energy. ‘Brilliant band… one to watch’ (Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland).

PLUS DJ THE SOUTHERN TENANT

Sun 28

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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 29

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! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 30

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

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 31

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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

7pm-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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/£5   PHILIPPE LEMM TRIO

The Philippe Lemm Trio is continually proving to be one of the most exciting and electrifying jazz trio’s around today. Led at the helm by drummer Philippe Lemm, the group met in New York in 2011, and after one session together, realized that their undeniable chemistry was one that needed to be taken and shared with the world. Comprised of three musicians with exceptional command of their instruments, the group’s repertoire draws heavily from re-imaginations of jazz standards in a way that both defies genre and corresponds to any modern jazz fan. The group uses their trust and understanding of one another’s musical tendencies to create passionate musical soundscapes, which range from traditional jazz to the progressive rock/classical-influenced music. Hearing the trio is a special and unforgettable experience, and you will be captivated after listening to one piece. “Stunning, beautiful, and magnificent music […] The Philippe Lemm Trio are consummate musicians with intricate and exciting arrangements. One of the most refreshing jazz music to hit our festival in years!” Tony Zambito, Artistic Director North West Jazz Festival

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


NOVEMBER


Thu 1

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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) £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 2

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm  MPG ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

Three of Edinburgh’s finest singer/songwriters, Mike MacFarlane, Paul Montague and Graeme Mearns present fabulous (and occasionally anarchic!) musical entertainment, each week featuring specially invited guests.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   LORNA REID SEXTET

Following her sell-out fringe show and 4-star review in The Scotsman “Lorna Reid manages to bridge the gulf between jazz and country with some panache`” (Jim Gilchrist), vocalist Lorna Reid returns with a set of original songs and classic jazz. Her highly acclaimed band features: Campbell Normand (piano), Konrad Wiszniewski (sax), Neil Warden (guitar/Weissenborn), Jim Drummond (drums) and Erik Lars Hanson (bass).

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 3

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   THE ‘BIG EASY’ SATURDAY SESSIONS

Monthly residency showcasing the best of local New Orleans/Big Easy style trad jazz/blues bands, featuring a different band each month. This month it’s The Red Hot Rhythm Makers! A big bold and brassy all-female New-Orleans jazz band formed as part of vocalist Ali Affleck’s ‘Preaching Divas’ project which focuses on the pioneering women of jazz and blues.

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   NIPPLES OF VENUS

Nipples of Venus are a high energy dance band that play ‘Spiced up Funk/Salsa instrumental arrangements of 1990’s party Trance/Dance classics, adding cheeky live samples into the mix. “Nipples of Venus have managed to establish a loyal following along with a reputation of being one of Edinburgh’s top party/dance bands. The Nips have been been put together with one thing in mind: to make people dance their socks off!” Are you ready to dance like it’s 1995 again? Get your glow sticks ready!

PLUS DJ SOUND SIGNAL

Sun 4

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 5

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! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 6

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

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

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

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

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

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 7

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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

7pm-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.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ALAN BENZIE TRIO

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

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

Thu 8

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

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

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/£6   NICK COSTLEY-WHITE QUARTET

The Nick Costley-White Quartet combine their love and deep understanding for the jazz tradition with a fresh and modern aesthetic. Their repertoire draws on unique interpretations of songs from the jazz cannon as well as their own exciting and harmonically rich compositions. The band is made up of some of the countries finest improvising musicians; Matt Robinson on piano, Conor Chaplin on double bass and Dave Hamblett on drums. The quartet’s debut album Detour Ahead, recorded in April 2017, portrays a narrative  exploring the group’s musical journey. It begins with performances which draw from the American Songbook tradition and travels through to a more modern aesthetic inspired by the surroundings of London’s jazz scene. This compelling journey explores sounds from many perspectives simultaneously. Forms, harmonies and rhythms are superimposed and abstracted but still retain their essential function, whilst the improvisations express the excitement and beauty of these frameworks. “A masterclass in the under appreciated art of playing beautiful, laidback swing” – Jazzwise. “Costley-White proves both his virtuosity and ability to write subtle and engaging tunes” – All About Jazz.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 9

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MPG ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

Three of Edinburgh’s finest singer/songwriters, Mike MacFarlane, Paul Montague and Graeme Mearns present fabulous (and occasionally anarchic!) musical entertainment, each week featuring specially invited guests.

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

Stay tuned!

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 10

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   MacFARLANE/McNEIL

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

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

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

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

Maestro Mike Kearney leads The Katet, Edinburgh’s 7-piece Soulfunk Monster. Expect high-octane, life and death superfunk fusion with relentless groove, gnarly guitars, and triple-horn acrobatics. Dance music for the thinking man!

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sun 11

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 12

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! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 13

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

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

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

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

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

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 14

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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

7pm-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

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

Stay tuned!

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

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

Thu 15

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

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

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/£5   LORRAINE BAKER’S EDEN

Rising star Lorraine Baker bursts onto the UK Jazz Scene to launch her debut album “Eden.” Her individual style has gained attention from top international musicians, describing her playing as “magical” and “deeply rooted in the tradition of the great drummers of jazz.” The show focuses on tunes famously played by late drummer Ed Blackwell, re-arranged and using newly composed elements to give the music an edgy modern twist, perfectly showcasing the all-star band and Lorraine’s unique sound as an improviser. Expect a fusion of afro, dance and rock grooves with driving swing and elements of free improvisation.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 16

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MPG ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

Three of Edinburgh’s finest singer/songwriters, Mike MacFarlane, Paul Montague and Graeme Mearns present fabulous (and occasionally anarchic!) musical entertainment, each week featuring specially invited guests.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   LOUISE DODDS QUINTET

This autumn sees the return of Scottish jazz vocalist Louise Dodds to the stage after a 4 year hiatus. Backed by some of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians – Steve Hamilton (piano), Brodie Jarvie (double bass), Colin Steele (trumpet), Martin Kershaw (sax), and Tom Gordon (drums), Louise will be performing her trademark blend of fresh arrangements of standards, classic bebop numbers and self-penned vocaleses. A regular performer on the jazz scene in Scotland and London, and semi-finalist at the International Jazz Vocalist competition in Lithuania in 2012, 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.

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

Stay tuned!

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 17

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   SMALL TALK AT CHAMBERS & SOUTH – The Gil Scott Heron Songbook

Aki Remally and Fraser Urquhart play a whole set of jazz, funk and soul from the songbook of the godfather of hip hop, Gil Scott-Heron.

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

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

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

Sun 18

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   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Fabulous sounds from the excellent Edinburgh University Student 17-piece BIG BAND, with Swing, Jazz and Funk plus guest vocalists.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 19

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! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 20

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

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

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

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

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

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 21

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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

7pm-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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £8/£7   ARQ

The ALISON RAYNER QUINTET is bassist Alison Rayner’s contemporary and creative jazz quintet bringing folk-infused grooves with an inventive and strongly cinematic quality. Having releasing two albums to critical acclaim, ARQ have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international press and radio play. Their 40-date ‘A Magic Life’ UK tour, supported by Arts Council of England, concluded with a sell-out night at Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club. ARQ have just returned from a tour of Germany and are previewing new music to be featured on their third album, due for release 2019. “Spirited, eloquent and graceful” – The Guardian. “A beautifully integrated band” – The Observer.

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

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

Thu 22

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

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

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   HAYDEN PROSSER

Tether channels influences from various strains of contemporary music. Combining bandleader Hayden Prosser’s dense compositional style with various forms of group improvisation, they discover new textures and colours that blend both acoustic and electronic instrumentation. “Prosser’s compositions develop elegantly, but rarely in straight lines… this quartet pushes the listener down several paths at once, creating a thrilling tension among the players even though they’re actually tightly in sync“ – Chicago Reader

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 23

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MPG ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

Three of Edinburgh’s finest singer/songwriters, Mike MacFarlane, Paul Montague and Graeme Mearns present fabulous (and occasionally anarchic!) musical entertainment, each week featuring specially invited guests.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £8/£7   KLEMENS MARKTL FOUR

Accomplished Austrian/NYC-based drummer Klemens Marktl collaborates with Logan Richardson (alto saxophone), Alex Garnett (tenor saxophone) and Michael Janisch (bass), in this chordless quartet.

Klemens Marktl is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished European drummers of the younger generation and this new chordless quartet sees him collaborate with three world-class artists to feature his original music written specifically for this project – to be recorded at the end of the tour and released on Whirlwind Recordings in 2019. Klemens Marktl was born in Klagenfurt, Austria in 1976 and received classical piano lessons at the age of six. However, it quickly became apparent that the piano would not be the instrument of choice. He soon switched to drums, which saw him enter an intense period of focused study, setting the future path of his musical career. In addition to his extensive musical activities, Marktl was recently nominated for the Hans Koller Prize in the category Sideman of the Year. He is a drum instructor at international workshops such as “Poysdorf Jazz & Wine Summer”, “Jazzinty Novo Mesto” and “Musikforum Viktring”.

Klemens will be joined by Logan Richardson – one of the world’s most singular voices as a composer & saxophonist working in contemporary improvised music; Alex Garnett – one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound; Michael Janisch – recently nominated for a MOBO Award, bassist Michael Janisch has established himself as a tireless creative force across the developing international spheres of contemporary improvised and experimental music.

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

RAMBOOTAN are a young funk four-piece from Glasgow bringing funky vibes and neo-soul to the dancefloor. Featuring Jonathan Ip (vocals, guitar), Joe Nichols (keys, harmonica), Francesco Moscato (bass) and Peru Eizagirre (drums); expect tasteful covers, fresh originals and healthy sugars.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 24

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   MILES! MILES! MILES!

Miles Davis was once asked, at The White House, what he had done to be invited there. “I changed the course of the music five or six times”, he replied. This new group features Yati Durant on trumpet, David Patrick on piano, Ed Kelly on bass and Dan Shearer on drums, whose fiery playing is creating a buzz on the scene. They will interpret the work of Miles’ second great quintet: Seven Steps to Heaven, ESP, Miles Smiles, The Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Miles in the Sky, Filles de Kilimanjaro – classic albums that “changed the course of the music”.

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   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 ASTROJAZZ

Sun 25

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £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 (Entry from 11pm) £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 26

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! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 27

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

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

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

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

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

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 28

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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

7pm-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

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

Highly creative and dynamic music led by two of Scotland’s most lyrical jazz guitarists; award winning innovative film composer Graeme Stephen and rising talent Dan Abrahams. With influence from catchy pop tunes, traditional folk melodies and much more, this won’t be a ‘jazzy jazz’ gig. Both guitarists are inspired by fusion legends such as John Scofield, Bill Frisel and Brad Meldauh. They’ll be joined by the impeccable Davide Rinaldi on drums and Charlie on bass.

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 29

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

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

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   BECC SANDERSON SEXTET

Created in 2014 by Becc Sanderson with her husband and collaborator Chris Greive, the Becc Sanderson Sextet is a living Real Book to the talents of this powerful Australian vocalist, a perfect marriage of Sanderson’ mellifluous voice with Greive’s prodigious arranging talents. Revisit that one night sell-out performance back in April, when the Becc Sanderson Sextet Bows to Bowie tore the roof of the Jazz Bar in an unabashed celebration of one of the most inventive and mercurial artists to ever walk the planet, their emotional pilgrimage to all things Bowie. Plundering classic albums such as Heroes, Aladdin Sane,  Ziggy Stardust, Let’s Dance and Hunky Dory for their extraordinary repertoire, the Becc Sanderson Sextet pay passionate tribute to the legend whilst embracing his tradition of reinvention and downright loopiness. In the words of the great man himself, “The sun machine is coming down, and we’re gonna have a party”.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 30

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   MPG ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

Three of Edinburgh’s finest singer/songwriters, Mike MacFarlane, Paul Montague and Graeme Mearns present fabulous (and occasionally anarchic!) musical entertainment, each week featuring specially invited guests.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/£5   PHOENICIAN BLINDS

Based out of London, Phoenician Blinds are a jazz-leaning instrumental quartet with blends of straight-ahead jazz, hip-hop and cinematic soundscapes. Heavily influence by the likes of Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Robert Glasper and Avishai Cohen, this is music sure to make you groove and contemplate the essence of soulful music. Featuring Tom Sochas (Piano, Rhodes), Adam Williams (Drums, Percussion), Oli Cross (Bass), and Julian Knapp (Saxophone).

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

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

PLUS DJ CALUM