Current Programme

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


JANUARY 2019!


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) £7/£5   NEW YEAR QUINTET

We bring together some of our finest local musicians to help us celebrate the New Year in style! Featuring Paul Harrison (piano), Adam Jackson (alto sax), Phil Cardwell (trumpet), Ed Kelly (double bass), and Greg Irons (drums).

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 2

6pm-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   LUCY LOCKWOOD’S HOGMANAY CRANACHAN – No Trifling!

Come on down for cold cuts and hot tunes. Keep the Hogmanay running with Lucy and friends, bringing you the best of Jazz Standards, American Songbook, Bop, Blues and more. All carefully selected to create an evening of “Joy Noise”, perfect for re-invigorating flagging revellers and warming the coldest of cockles! Expect scatting, whistling, hollering and hooting. Lucy Lockwood (vocals), David Patrick (piano), Jay Kilbride (bass), Dan Shearer (drums).

12-2.30am £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

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

Thu 3

6-8.30pm, 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   JAZZ BAR QUINTET

We bring together some of our finest local musicians for one special night.

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 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   MAIN STREET BLUES

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

12-2.30am £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 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   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   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 SIMON HODGE

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   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 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 £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 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 £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 9

6pm-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   TRIO MAGICO

The music of Egberto Gismonti is like a microcosm of his native Brazil – diverse, joyful, and unique. Award winning jazz pianist Paul Harrison, bassist Mario Lima Caribe and drummer Stu Brown have a special rapport from years of performing together in Scotland and internationally. In this new trio they bring fresh life to great tunes that deserve to be heard more widely – rhythms of the world translated into vessels for inspiring jazz improvisation. From romantic and film-score like, to celebrations of carnival rhythms that will, literally, move you, these are melodies that you’ll find yourself singing for a long time afterwards, and a musical experience that will stay with you.

12-2.30am £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-11.30 (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 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) £7/£5   MICHAEL KANAN TRIO

Michael Kanan ranks among New York City’s most respected jazz pianists, having worked extensively with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy, Mark Turner and his own trios. One of the city’s top vocal accompanists, his gift has ensured long tenures with the likes of Jimmy Scott and Jane Monheit. Here he is in his first Scottish gigs with swinging expat Scot bass player Aiden O’Donnell for a night of swinging jazz.

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 THE SOUTHERN TENANT

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) £7/£5   MICHAEL KANAN TRIO

Michael Kanan ranks among New York City’s most respected jazz pianists, having worked extensively with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy, Mark Turner and his own trios. One of the city’s top vocal accompanists, his gift has ensured long tenures with the likes of Jimmy Scott and Jane Monheit. Here he is in his first Scottish gigs with swinging expat Scot bass player Aiden O’Donnell for a night of swinging jazz.

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/£6   ‘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 fresh line-up each week! This week we ‘re joined by guest players from Toronto and NYC, and to make it extra special we’ve added an additional musician to the mix! Konrad Wiesnewski (sax), Tom McNiven (trumpet), Kevin Barrett (guitar) ( (Toronto), Michael Kanan (piano) ( NYC), Aiden O’Donnell (bass) and Greg Irons (drums).

12-2.30am £6/£5   CSC: THE POWER RANGERS

Four of the heaviest hitting performers from Edinburgh’s underground funk family – The Chambers Street Collective (CSC). For one night only, see four top band leaders lock in to form a mighty musical beast. It’s like Power Rangers, except with funk. Super, dirty funk! Featuring Mike Kearney (Keys, Vox), Aki Remally (Guitar, Vox), Dougie Coulter (Bass) and Davide Rinaldi (Drums).

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

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   LENNIE BIRD: THE PAUL KIRBY QUINTET

Lennie Tristano was a true original of jazz in both his playing and his mesmerising compositions. Some of his best loved (and a few more obscure) pieces are given a fresh look with new arrangements by an all-star quintet. Combining hard-swinging grooves and high-energy interaction with plenty of surprises. Adam Jackson (alto sax), Martin Kershaw (tenor sax), Paul Kirby (piano), Ed Kelly (bass), Stephen HendersoN (drums).

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 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 £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 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 £4/£3   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.

Wed 16

6pm-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   JEAN PAUL ESTIEVENART

Trumpeter Jean-Paul Estiévenart is a highly sought-after trumpeter on the Belgian and European scene and has played in many European ensembles including the European Youth Jazz orchestra. Jean-Paul believes in playing with seriously talented musicians from his own generation and for his own “piano less” trio he plays with double bass player Sam Gerstmans and the drummer Antoine Pierre.

“Behind The Darkness is the second album for this trio, which puts everything on display, elements of tradition (hard-bop, Ornette Coleman, etc.) perfectly integrated with his new compositions. The album should be perceived as a whole containing several linked themes within the same composition. Solos are linked as if to tell a story and tracks are woven together to form movements as in classical music, or like in a theatre production, with a variety of atmospheres which surprise the audience and demand an attentive ear.” – Belgian jazz portraits

12-2.30am £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   WANDERING MONSTER

Wandering Monster perform intricately arranged instrumental rock music which draws upon jazz sensibilities and sound worlds. Made up of five crossover musicians highly active on the northern scene, the group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet. Retaining the harmonic sophistication and improvisational approach of jazz, these influences are juxtaposed with the rhythmic complexity of modern rock and metal. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. Sam Quintana (Double Bass/Compositions), Ben Powling (Tenor Saxophone), Fergus Vickers (Guitar), Aleks Podraza (Piano/keys), Tom Higham (Drums).

12-2.30am £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.

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   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 £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 DJ SIMON HODGE

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   SUSANNA MACDONALD & KEVIN BARRETT

Classic songs and little-known gems. Beautifully rendered. The duo of Susanna Macdonald (voice) and Kevin Barrett (guitar) perform a collection of jazz standards, pop classics and folk songs, with an emphasis on Scottish and Canadian composers. Known collectively as ‘The TAHP’ (Trans-Atlantic Happiness Project), they perform regularly in Edinburgh and Toronto. Susanna Macdonald is a singer/songwriter based in Edinburgh, with a voice as clear as a bell, and a knack for beautiful phrasing. Kevin Barrett is a guitarist, producer and composer based in Toronto, Canada, known as a passionate soloist, a first-rate accompanist, and a versatile and creative side musician. Susanna and Kevin met in Edinburgh’s famous Sandy Bell’s pub several years ago, and perform together whenever geography and circumstance permit.

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   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 ASTROJAZZ

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   ‘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 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 £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 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 £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 23

6pm-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   JZ REPLACEMENT feat ZHENYA STRIGALEV & JAMIE MURRAY

JZ Replacement is a high energy and intense newly formed project, having just successfully played the Love Supreme festival, appeared for three nights at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in August, just played in Berlin and Vienna as well as at London Jazz Festival  and Porto Jazz Festival in Portugal. This is a fresh exhilarating vibe not to be missed! In December they had an extended tour in St Petersburg and Moscow. They are recording a new album in March. So, catch them live to hear some new tunes and grooves while they are fresh!

JZ Replacement is a very special project and different from Zhenya’s and Jamie’s other projects. They have lots of inspirations through their musical journeys and studies, and in this project they mix them to create an organic yet very original sound. Some people see their Indian influences, some Charlie Parker or Chris Dave. The focus here is create something very tight and precise (which is often not possible with bigger groups) while being totally free and creative. There are lots of heavy swinging grooves, complex melodies as well as just some catchy simple melodies which will please everybody (although that’s not the goal). And they may even RAP some Jay Z! Zhenya Strigalev (saxophone), Jamie Murray (drums).
“…fascinatingly intense, winding and staccato performance – a real orchestrated duo…” – London Jazz News
“Always it’s a surreal, impressive brew” – ★★★★ Jazzwise
“Strigalev’s group could well be the next big thing in jazz.” ★★★★ All About Jazz
“A maverick at the heart of modern jazz.” ★★★★ The Telegraph

12-2.30am £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   NOT NOW CHARLIE

The roots of this Newcastle based band are set in the Jazz world but they draw on their mutual love of many other genres such as Rock, Neo Soul, Pop and R&B.  Expect the perfect mix of Jazz harmony with infectious grooves and memorable melodies, all topped off with the excitement of improvisation.  Taking their influence from the likes of Christian Scott, Manu Katche, Chris Potter, Roller Trio and Joshua Redman yet still managing to create their own individual sound. Their debut was made at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014 to an enthusiastic audience and had a great reception when they supported The Slowlight Quartet in Jan 2015.  Their full-length live album was release in 2016 on Jazz Sound Records.

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 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) £7/£6   FOFOULAH

The London based afro-dub ensemble Fofoulah, have followed-up their trailblazing debut album (“Fofoulah”/Glitterbeat 2014) with an even more shapeshifting and adventurous recording. Slippery sabar beats, dystopian electronics and echoing, shamanic chants ratchet up both the dub quotient and the dramatic tension.  Creating a soundworld that is both earthy and urban, futurist and rooted – the new album Daega Rek is brought into sharp focus by the rhythms and vocals of Gambian sabar drummer Kaw Secka and the vivid production of keyboardist/saxophonist Tom Challenger. From Senegal, Batch Gueye brings vocals, drumming and dance to the live show alongside Robert Plant drummer Dave Smith, Johnny Brierley on Bass, Tom Challenger on Synths, Saxophone and Phil Stevenson on Guitar and Kaw Secka’s high energy talking drum playing.
“Fofoulah have set sail toward an original sound” The Wire
“Fofoulah build their spacious jazz-dub around the crackle of Kaw Secka’s sabar drums.” ★★★★ Financial Times
“Bravely adventurous”  The Guardian
“Avoiding pastiche or casual borrowing … Fofoulah have set sail toward an original sound.” The Wire

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 THE SOUTHERN TENANT

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   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   YACHT ROCK CREW

Bringing back a golden era of music and playing all the smoothest Yacht Rock sounds from the 70s & 80’s. For fans of Steely Dan, Toto, Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Andrew Gold, The Eagles, Orleans, Pages, Bill LaBounty and more!

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

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 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.

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 £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 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 £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 30

6pm-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   POST-MILES AND CO.

Yati Durant, David Patrick and the great musicians of the Jazz Bar return after Miles!Miles!Miles! to continue to bring contemporary jazz works to the fore. Expect broad playing and everything from West Coast Cool to East Coast Hard Bop…played with passion and virtuosity! Cheers!

12-2.30am £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) £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…