Current Programme


December ’17


Fri 1

6-8.30pm, £5   LIGHTHOUSE

The annual Lighthouse gig at The Jazz bar. Jazz Bar legend Rossco Galloway is joined by his brethren, Mike Kearney and Daniel Mcgeever. Playing one set of their new album and another of edinburgh songs/choice covers. One or two, or three or four more special guests will be along for the ride!

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   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 DJ

Sat 2

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £5/4   WILLIAM YOUNG

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

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

PLUS DJ

Sun 3

4pm – 5pm, £3 (entry from 3pm)   FIRHILL MUSIC SCHOOL

Firhill music school puts on their annual student showcase, this year featuring a jazz quintet and the school’s soul band.

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) £10/£8   JAMES BROWN IS ANNIE + HAMISH STUART

JBiA will be laying down the grooves with special guest – soul-funk legend, Hamish Stuart! Playing a few select tunes from their soon-to-be-recorded second album (Hamish producing), and performing a set with the former Average White Band and Paul McCartney Band alumni. Expect to hear some AWB classics, tunes from Hamish’s new band ‘360’, plus some rare r’n’b ditties, too. So, get up, get down, and get into it, baby! “The Funk is strong with these ones” ~ Daily Record. “One of Scotland’s top bands” ~ BBC Radio Scotland. “Extremely funky” ~ Jazz FM.

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 4

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

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

Tue 5

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

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

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

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

12-2.30am (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 6

3.30pm-6.30pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

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

7pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/5   BRODIE JARVIE GROUP + MARTIN KERSHAW

Right now, Brodie lives in Glasgow after completing a Masters in Music from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he was featured on many recordings and was able to tour extensively around central Europe with his own and other projects. He leads his own Quintet playing original compositions and co-leads a quartet with fellow peers called ‘PULL’ who recorded their debut album ‘Pull a String, A Puppet Moves’ on Loumi Records, in 2015. He is also an in demand sideman in the UK and beyond. For this concert we have the amazing Martin Kershaw (SNJO) as well a a band of long standing, great musicians from the Scottish jazz scene to play two sets of original and improvised music. “Brodie Jarvie is an outstanding musician, who displays a maturity beyond his years as a player and composer. His future is bright, and I’m looking forward to hear where it’s going to take him!” – Reinier Baas, guitarist based in Amsterdam. Brodie Jarvie – Bass/Compositions, Martin Kershaw – Alto Saxophone, Michael Butcher – Tenor Saxophone, Pete Johnstone – Piano, Doug Hough – 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 7

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £7/6   Zhenya Strigalev’s ‘NEVER GROUP’

Featuring Michael Janisch and Marc Ayza. A native of St Petersburg, Zhenya won a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2007. Since then this award-winning saxophonist has established himself as one of Europe’s leading young jazz musicians, worked extensively both in the UK, mainland Europe and the US. One of the rising stars of the European jazz scene Zhenya is fast building a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for his exhilarating take on contemporary jazz. His live shows have been described as “exciting and uniquely eccentric” (in a good way!) and after headlining around Europe with sold out shows at Porgy & Bess in Vienna and Ronnie Scott’s in Soho he brings his powerhouse trio, featuring the extraordinary US bassist Michael Janisch (Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Gary Husband) and first-call Spanish drummer Marc Ayza (Jason Linder, Greg Osby) to the Club. He describes the music as “blending the lines between jazz, funk, rock, electronica and improv in a genre mish-mash of high calibre interplay and raw emotion”. “A typical Strigalev collision of hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism… Strigalev’s alto displays bebop agility, shivery lyricism, or sometimes a bluesy Ornetteish swerve.” ★★★★ The Guardian, “An addictive mix of colourful vignettes… 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 (live review).

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 8

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   THOMAS LISKA & INVISIBLE WORLD

Tomáš Liška´s “Invisible World“ is a truly unique venture within the landscape of contemporary Czech music. The project´s own musical compositions combine elements of Jazz, chamber music and World Music from the Mediterranean and South-Eastern regions of the European continent. Their approach is not based on individual exhibitions, but rather on a philosophy where music is a clear and crystalline medium which irradiates a rich palette of emotional hues. These are inspired by strong melodies which are adorned by a subtle and seemingly effortless lacework of improvisation. Efe Turumtay (violin, Istanbul), Nikola Zarić (accordion, Serbia), Kamil Slezák (drums, Moravia), and Tomáš Liška (upright bass) met all three in the course of his musical journeys around the world, while tirelessly searching for fascinating interactions between instruments and cultures which would enthrall both him and his audiences. “A sophisticated blend of New and Old World influences, including Turkish violin, Balkan accordion and a pinch of tango nuevo. The result leaves as much space for listeners as for the musicians. A great opportunity for music adventurers.” (Petr Dorůžka, world music journalist & explorer)

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 9

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £5/£4    STEWART FORBES – KEITH EDWARDS: JAZZBREAKERS

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

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

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

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

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

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sun 10

1pm  – 3pm £3   EDINBURGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC SHOWCASE

Join the students of Edinburgh School of Music as they will perform songs that they have been working on since the beginning of the year. Everybody is welcome!

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) £5/£4   ‘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

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

Mon 11

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

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

Tue 12

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

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

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

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

12-2.30am (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 13

7pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   LUCA MANNING QUINTET

Vocalist Luca Manning has recently been enthralling festival audiences across Scotland. With musical maturity beyond his years, his clarity and authenticity make jazz compositions new and old sound timeless and fresh. A gifted improviser as well as singer, he has performed at the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee jazz festivals, where he opened for Becca Stevens. Now resident in London, Luca is fast making a name for himself, already invited to perform as a guest with Lianne Carroll at Ronnie Scott’s at her Christmas show. Luca’s quintet consists of some of Scotland’s most exciting young improvisers. Together, they will play an eclectic mix of tunes from Luca’s repertoire as well as some original music. Expect to hear re-worked and refreshed standard repertoire as well as some more contemporary tunes by the likes of Chick Corea and Kamasi Washington. Luca Manning (voc), Joe Williamson (guitar), Fergus McCreadie (piano), David Bowden (bass), and Greg Irons (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 14

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   CAMPBELL NORMAND TRIO with guest DONALD LANG

The trio of Campbell Normand (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Al Morrow (drums) tonight welcome special guest Donald Lang on saxes. Donald was an Edinburgh favourite and a member of Bill Kyle’s band before moving to London to ply his trade, where he leads his own band ‘My Foreign Affair’. Tonight he plays a mix of swinging standards as well as some modern classics from the likes of Steps Ahead and Monty Alexander.

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 15

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

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

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

UK latin trio led by Colombian-American Felipe Schrieberg, the band plays original songs blending rhythm and blues, boogaloo, bossa nova, and Cuban son into something truly unique.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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

Sat 16

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £5/£4   JAZZ BAR QUINTET – ‘Miles Shorter’

Ed Kelly (bass), David Patrick (piano), Mike Butcher (sax), Phil Cardwell (trumpet), and Keith Haldane (drums), bring to life the hardbop music of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and more.

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

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

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

Funk/Soul/Rock from bassist Phil McBride and his funky 5-piece, featuring full-on vocals – and more!).

PLUS DJ CALUM

Sun 17

6-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   TOBY MOTTERSHEAD

Acclaimed Edinburgh bluesman and lead singer of The Black Diamond Express, Toby Mottershead, presents a solo musical exploration of different roots styles.
[Sunday regulars Hot Tin Roof will return next week]

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   ‘STORMY SUNDAY’ BLUES SHOWCASE

Monthly Blues night with resident band Piranha Blues plus special guest band.

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 18

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

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

Tue 19

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

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

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

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

12-2.30am (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 20

7pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   THE GREAT HIPSTER SONGBOOK – CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

The ultimate Jazz/Gameshow returns to The Jazz Bar for a night of festive festivities! Listen to Hipster favourites with a sophisticated twist including tracks from Alt-J, Biffy Clyro, Chvrches, Radiohead and more. Angus Munro fronts a world-class piano trio where your knowledge of Hipster bands will be tested and prizes will be won!

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 21

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

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

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   RIANNA WALCOTT & THE HOPS

The soulful Rianna Walcott returns to the Jazz bar, after performing with various combinations in Edinburgh over the last five years, and a recent move to London. She is accompanied by Dan Abrahams (guitar), Louis Resnick (keys), Giancarlo Tommaro (bass) and Mark Scobbie (drums). They’ll be bringing a mixture of originals, swinging jazz standards and some funky neo-soul tunes, drawing on diverse influences from Sarah Vaughan to Erykah Badu.

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 22

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   KING LOUIS AND THE PRIMAS

Christmas at the Jazz Bar has to mean non-stop party frontman Dave Batchelor (trombone/voc) and his hugely entertaining band playing the music of jump/jive 50s Vegas king Louis Prima (‘Jungle Book’ theme!) and all the Christmas songs you can singalong to. Jazz as a participative sport.  His all-star 7-piece features  Fat Sam’s Band leader Hamish McGregor (sax), top trumpeter Colin Steele, Ross Milligan (guitar), Campbell Norman (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Aldo Morrow (drums)

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 DJ

Sat 23

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £5/£4   HUMAN EQUIVALENT

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  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 DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sun 24

Free entry all day (bar open from 5pm)

6-8.30pm   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 – midnight   A VERY JAZZ BAR CHRISTMAS: Fife meets Gorgie…

Aki Remally (electric guitar) and Sher Watson (acoustic guitar/vocals) present 2 sets of warm, funky, soulful and at times, socially conscious treats for the ears to prepare you for much decadent consumption over the next few days…

Mon 25

It’s Christmas! The one and only day of the year that the jazz bar falls silent. From everyone at The Jazz Bar we want to thank you all for your continued support. Merry Christmas everyone!

Tue 26

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

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

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

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

12-2.30am (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 27

7pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   GRAEME MEARNS – Acoustic Swing

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/4   JAZZ BAR QUINTET

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   JED POTTS AND THE HILLMAN HUNTERS

Formed in 2008, Jed Potts & the Hillman Hunters have cultivated a stage performance which is exciting and spontaneous. Drawing from the rich well of classic 50’s and 60’s American blues the trio (completed by drummer Jonny Christie and bassist Charlie Wild) stay true to the traditions of the music whilst also taking risks. Whether laying back into a Freddie King ballad or digging-in to a hypnotic Muddy Waters groove, the band transmits power in ways other than speed and volume. The unlimited dynamic possibilities of a simple trio format make for a charismatic performance which is different every single night.

Thu 28

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

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

9pm-11.30 (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   MATT CARMICHAEL

Saxophonist Matt Carmichael is a rapidly rising star in the Scottish jazz scene, having already performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, and recently at the BBC Proms, the 18-year-old virtuoso brings together a team of multi-award winning young Scottish musicians to effortlessly perform a mix of originals, modern compositions and jazz standards.

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 29

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/£5   KEITH EDWARDS QUINTET

‘Hard Bop’ swinging arrangements by Keith Edwards (sax), Robert Pettigrew (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   DANA DIXON BLUES BAND

Dance to raunchy authentic Blues, RnB and Rock from this great 4-piece blues band, fronted by the vocals and harmonica of Dana Dixon, and powered by the soaring slide guitar of Dave Dixon.

PLUS DJ

Sat 30

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £5/£4  PAUL KIRBY/MARTIN KERSHAW QUARTET: LENNIE BIRD

Music of Lennie Tristano with the fire of Bird. Reworked contrafacts with a Monkish flavour.

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  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 CALUM

Sun 31

6-8pm, Free   HOT TIN ROOF
(those without Hogmanay tickets are welcome until 8pm)

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

8pm – 5am, £22/£19   THE JAZZ BAR’S ANNUAL HOGMANAY PARTY!

Join us to ring in the new year with a very special jazz quintet made up of the finest musicians around, followed by late night funk (all the way to 5am!) led by incredible local guitar hero Aki Remally. Advance ticket holders will also receive a complimentary welcome glass of bubbly and a home-made ‘midnite bite’ sandwich to keep you going into the wee hours of 2018. Advance tickets are available here for online purchase and will be made available for purchase from the bar very soon.