Current Programme

April ‘17

Tue 25

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

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

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

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

Wed 26

6.30-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit, and a Guitar. With a swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   B.G.B.T.M.

A special first outing for this experimental quintet led by two bass players; Craig Macfadyen on electric bass and Ed Kelly on double bass. Expect portly interpretations of jazz standards all the way from Parker to Metheny. Featuring David Series (guitar), Rich Harrold (piano) and Richard Kass (drums).

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

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

Thu 27

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HENRY IBBS – Teatime Acoustic

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

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   ALI AFFLECK & THE COPPER CATS

Vintage New Orleans jazz and blues from award-winning vocalist Alison Affleck (sell-out Fringe shows!), and her cheeky mix of renowned local musicians, with Dick Lee (sax/clarinet), Colin Steele (trumpet), Ross Milligan (guitar), Danielle Price (tuba) and Davide Rinaldi (drums). Ali’s passionate handling of the lyrics (‘stunningly expressive’ – San Diego Tribune) coupled with a light-hearted, mischievous stage presence,  offers up a fresh interpretation of early jazz and blues whilst remaining faithful to the meaning behind the songs.

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 28

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   TARTAN UNDERGROUND Acoustic Showcase

Acoustic session with specially invited guests each week showcasing the hidden talents of Scottish songwriting, hosted by troubadour singer/songwriter Sher Watson.

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   MEZCLA

Michael Butcher (sax), Ben MacDonald (guitar), Alan Benzie (keyboards), Neil Paton (drums) and Dave Bowden on bass guitar with original compositions. The music takes a mixture of folk elements and grooves from around the world, particularly West Africa, Latin America and Scotland, incorporating them into the Jazz idiom.

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 DJ AKI

Sat 29

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.45-8pm Free (until 7.30pm)   MPG ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

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

12-2.30am (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   THE HOOK & SLINGERS

Dynamic vocals-fronted Glasgow 4-piece Party Band brings full-on rocky beats with a touch of RnB and Doo-Wop, guaranteeing pumping dancefloor action – and lots of fun!

PLUS DJ CALUM

Sun 30

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   ALI AFFLECK’S SUNDAY SPEAKEASY

Spontaneous, fun and always dance-able, The Gin Mill Genies will take you back to the days of the Speakeasy with wild abandon and authenticity! Embracing the friendly sounds of piano-centric early blues and jazz, The Gin Mill Genies offer up their passionate flavour of prohibition era music. With Ali’s powerful ‘storytelling style’ of vocal delivery and the stunning musicality of Steve Hamilton, Colin Steel and Davide Rinaldi – this is a lively performance that stirs up emotions will get you up dancing!

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

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

May ‘17

Mon 1

8pm £5/£4   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm

Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

11.30-2.30am (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

Keep that weekend party going! Come down and boogie with this high-octane electric 6-piece with punchy sax/trumpet horn lines, delivering high end funk-fusion versions of Nirvana, Tower of Power, Massive Attack, Snarky Puppy & more, fronted by the larger-than-life manic sax/vocals of Angus Munro: ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 2

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm: John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

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

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

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

Wed 3

6.30-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit, and a Guitar. With a swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   PAUL HARRISON’S SUGARWORK QUARTET

Harnessing electronica to the melodic and rhythmic adventure of jazz in a thrilling and up-to-date way, keyboardist Paul Harrison’s creative new unit also features some of the country’s most accomplished jazz players: Stu Brown (drums), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Phil Bancroft (sax) – as featured in their dramatic and hugely successful Edinburgh Jazz Festival debut here.

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 4

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HENRY IBBS – Teatime Acoustic

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

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   MARY MAY and her QUARTET

The acclaimed Aberdeenshire based Jazz singer is back (following a sell-out Fringe run!) with a new set from the farthest reaches of the Great American Songbook, accompanied by top class musicians Alan King (piano, organ), Ray Leonard (bass), Colin Black (guitar) and Kevin Dorrian (drums). ‘Karen Carpenter meets Jimmy Scott!’ – All About Jazz

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 5

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   TARTAN UNDERGROUND Acoustic Showcase

Acoustic session with specially invited guests each week showcasing the hidden talents of Scottish songwriting, hosted by troubadour singer/songwriter Sher Watson.

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   DRAW BY FOUR

Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (Jim Mullen, Salena Jones) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs.

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 6

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.45-8pm Free (until 7.30pm)   MIKE, PAUL & GRAEME’S ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

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

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

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

PLUS DJ THE SOUTHERN TENANT

Sun 7

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   ‘ROOTS’ FOLK/BLUES SHOWCASE

A monthly showcase evening with an eclectic selection of acoustic soloist and ensembles, put together by singer/songwriter Toby Mottershead (of the mighty Black Diamond Express train!)

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

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

Mon 8

8pm £5/£4   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm

Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

This week the Big Band are joined by special guest vocalist Todd Gordon!

11.30-2.30am (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

Keep that weekend party going! Come down and boogie with this high-octane electric 6-piece with punchy sax/trumpet horn lines, delivering high end funk-fusion versions of Nirvana, Tower of Power, Massive Attack, Snarky Puppy & more, fronted by the larger-than-life manic sax/vocals of Angus Munro: ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 9

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm: John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

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

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

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

Wed 10

6.30-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit, and a Guitar. With a swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   THE STEWART FORBES NEW QUARTET

Stewart Forbes has been a regular on the Scottish Jazz scene since the 1980’s. He presents his new quartet featuring guitarist Malcolm MacFarlane in a fresh programme of jazz standards popularised by Eric Dolphy, Roland Kirk and Cannonball Adderley but with a nod to Jim Hall, Pat Metheny and John Scofield along the way.

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 11

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HENRY IBBS – Teatime Acoustic

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

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   LORNA REID with her QUARTET

Soulful and sultry, Edinburgh-based Jazz, Blues and Americana chanteuse/songwriter Lorna Reid performs a cool and swinging set, backed by top players Campbell Normand (piano), Andy Sharkey (bass) and Jim Drummond (drums).

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

Superbly creative guitarist Aki Remally fronts this brilliant Groove/Funk 6-piece, with funky horn section of Jonny White (sax) and trumpet ace Chuck Dearness

Fri 12

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   TARTAN UNDERGROUND Acoustic Showcase

Acoustic session with specially invited guests each week showcasing the hidden talents of Scottish songwriting, hosted by troubadour singer/songwriter Sher Watson.

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   KEITH EDWARDS QUINTET

‘Hard Bop’ swinging arrangements by Keith Edwards (sax) with Donald Corbett (trumpet/flugelhorn), Robert Pettigrew (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Aldo Morrow (drums). Their sets include original compositions by trumpeter Corbett, some rarely heard jazz tunes, and pieces by British Jazz legends Tubby Hayes, and Scots trumpet legend Jimmy Deuchar.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   BANJO LOUNGE FOUR

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

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 13

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.45-8pm Free (until 7.30pm)   MIKE, PAUL & GRAEME’S ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

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

12-2.30am (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   RUBY & THE EMERALDS

Working from a mix of influences, Perth-based Ruby & the Emeralds straddle various genres, playing a heady mix of psychedelic reggae, rock and jazz, underpinned by a funky rhythm section.

PLUS DJ NIKNAK NIK

Sun 14

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   CHANGO

CHANGO is a group of four “veteran” musicians, bringing together their varied backgrounds of Funk, Jazz, Rock and Blues styles. Their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals. The original concept behind the band was not to just perform as a group, but to work as a unifying artistic force, one where people put music ahead of their egos to collectively create great music. Band has released their debut album “MONO vs. STEREO” in April 2016. Available on CD and Vinyl. CHANGO performed with such a great artists like: Mikolaj Trzaska, Marek Kazana & Anthimos Apostolis.

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 15

8pm £5/£4   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm

Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

11.30-2.30am (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

Keep that weekend party going! Come down and boogie with this high-octane electric 6-piece with punchy sax/trumpet horn lines, delivering high end funk-fusion versions of Nirvana, Tower of Power, Massive Attack, Snarky Puppy & more, fronted by the larger-than-life manic sax/vocals of Angus Munro: ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 16

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm: John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

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

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

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

Wed 17

6.30-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit, and a Guitar. With a swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   ELUSIVE TREE

Fresh from their Glasgow Jazz Festival appearance, this great 6-piece brings a heady, rewarding kaleidoscope of improv, modern Jazz, Drum’n’Bass, Folk, Latin and Middle Eastern sounds. A strong line-up of top-class players with Philip Cardwell (trumpet, as with Hidden Orchestra, Orchestra Del Sol, Woodenbox), Andrew Baker (tenor sax, compositions), Adam Jackson (alto sax, as with Euan Burton’s touring/recording bands), Ben MacDonald (guitar, compositions), Peter Johnstone (organ – and playing left-hand bass lines!), and Doug Hough (drums, as featured with many visiting jazz stars)

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   AKI & THE LIONS

Thu 18

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HENRY IBBS – Teatime Acoustic

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

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   THE SOUND OF EIGHT

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. (Dave Pell is 91 and still playing!)

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 19

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   TARTAN UNDERGROUND Acoustic Showcase

Acoustic session with specially invited guests each week showcasing the hidden talents of Scottish songwriting, hosted by troubadour singer/songwriter Sher Watson.

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   THUNKFISH

High-energy, uniquely original compositions packed with raw Funk – and a touch of jazzy influence – from Tom Pickles (sax/flute) and his brilliant, fiery 5-piece with Chuck D (trumpet), Jed Potts (guitar), and Tom Wilkinson (electric bass), powered by the ebullient drumming of Richard Kass.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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 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)

5.45-8pm Free (until 7.30pm)   MIKE, PAUL & GRAEME’S ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

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

12-2.30am (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   ASAZI SPACE FUNK EXPLOSION!

The dancefloor will be filled as high-energy South African frontman ASAZI (vocals sax, marimba, djembe) takes off with his 5-piece of great players, ranging through Fela Kuti Afro-Funk, Jamaican Dub, raw tribal rhythms and modern day dance-floor sonic experimentalism.

PLUS DJ NIKNAK NIK

Sun 21

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   ‘STORMY SUNDAY’ BLUES SHOWCASE

Monthly Blues night with resident band Piranha Blues and new special guests every month.

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 22

8pm £5/£4   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm

Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

11.30-2.30am (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

Keep that weekend party going! Come down and boogie with this high-octane electric 6-piece with punchy sax/trumpet horn lines, delivering high end funk-fusion versions of Nirvana, Tower of Power, Massive Attack, Snarky Puppy & more, fronted by the larger-than-life manic sax/vocals of Angus Munro: ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 23

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm: John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

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

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

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

Wed 24

6.30-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit, and a Guitar. With a swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   JAY PHELPS QUARTET

JPQ is led by Led by co-founder and former Empirical trumpeter Jay Phelps. Phelps’ music is a journey through an array of many styles and temperaments, with a strong sense of what is contemporary in Jazz today. Jay Phelps has spent the last 2 years travelling the world, writing, and has been on a spiritual journey that incorporates these influences along with the new addition of his vocals, into the music. ‘Free as the Birds’ – Phelps’ new album (due for release, June 2017) uses this theme of travel as a main reference point.

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

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HENRY IBBS – Teatime Acoustic

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

8.30-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   ALAN BENZIE TRIO

Multiple award winning pianist/composer Alan Benzie is joined by long-term collaborators – and two of Europe’s finest young jazz musicians – Andrew Robb (bass) and Marton Juhasz (drums). Their debut album “Traveller’s Tales” garnered glowing reviews, and they have been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe in the last few years. From sensitive, magical textures to virtuosic explosions of energy, the trio are sophisticated and accessible, with the warmth, empathy and interplay that can only be achieved through great friendship and years of making music together.

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 26

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   TARTAN UNDERGROUND Acoustic Showcase

Acoustic session with specially invited guests each week showcasing the hidden talents of Scottish songwriting, hosted by troubadour singer/songwriter Sher Watson.

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ANDCHUCK

Blending contemporary Jazz, Funk and Soul, this quartet are taking Manchester by storm. Inspired by the likes of Snarky Puppy & The Impossible Gentlemen, they have made the genre of Jazz their own and have fun with it. Young, fresh and full of talent.

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

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)

5.45-8pm Free (until 7.30pm)   MIKE, PAUL & GRAEME’S ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ QUINTET

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

12-2.30am (Entry 11.30pm) £6/£5   TBC

Sun 28

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   HOT TIN ROOF

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   ALI AFFLECK’S SUNDAY SPEAKEASY

Spontaneous, fun and always dance-able, The Gin Mill Genies will take you back to the days of the Speakeasy with wild abandon and authenticity! Embracing the friendly sounds of piano-centric early blues and jazz, The Gin Mill Genies offer up their passionate flavour of prohibition era music. With Ali’s powerful ‘storytelling style’ of vocal delivery and the stunning musicality of Steve Hamilton, Colin Steel and Davide Rinaldi – this is a lively performance that stirs up emotions will get you up dancing!

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

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

Mon 29

8pm £5/£4   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm

Wonderful sounds from this great weekly band with FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from Glasgow, Borders, Perth, Fife (and Edinburgh!), to participate in this outstanding gig. There’s just nowhere else you can hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by sax player Keith Edwards, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements, many of which are imported direct from Los Angeles by the band’s ex-LA bassist and co-leader Erik Lars Hansen.

11.30-2.30am (Entry from 10.30pm) £4/£3   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

Keep that weekend party going! Come down and boogie with this high-octane electric 6-piece with punchy sax/trumpet horn lines, delivering high end funk-fusion versions of Nirvana, Tower of Power, Massive Attack, Snarky Puppy & more, fronted by the larger-than-life manic sax/vocals of Angus Munro: ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 30

6-8pm, Free until 7.30pm: John Hunt’s AFTER WORK BLUES

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

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £4/£3   THE GREAT JAZZ JAM SESSION

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

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

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

Wed 31

6.30-8pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

A Hat, a Suit, and a Guitar. With a swing/jazz/acoustic style somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Richard Thompson, you’ll hear familiar songs in a way you’ve never imagined

8.30-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   SPARK TRIO

Spark Trio approaches the classic organ/guitar/drums format with a contemporary outlook. They perform original compositions and creative arrangements of standards, in which modern jazz sounds merge with touches of Gospel, the blues, and the classic organ trio style. The trio features distinguished pianist and keyboardist Paul Harrison (Sugarwork, Herschel 36, Breach),  Joe Williamson on guitar (Square One), and Stephen Henderson on drums (Square One, Fergus McCreadie Trio).

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