Current Programme

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


April ’18

Sun 1

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   SINGERS NIGHT with WILLIAM YOUNG

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

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

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

Mon 2

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 3

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 4

3.30pm-6pm, 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) £10/8   EMBODIED HOPE QUARTET

Edinburgh-born percussionist, Andrew Bain is one of the leading performers and educators in the UK. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London and winner of the BBC Big Band Drummer, he has performed with some of the most prominent names in contemporary jazz (including Evelyn Glennie, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Houston Pearson and many others), and was a member of vocalist Jacqui Dankworth’s band between 2007-8, recording with the late Sir John Dankworth in 2008. He has performed at many prestigious venues in the UK, Europe and the US, including the BBC Proms and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Andrew is Senior Lecturer in Jazz at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Artistic Director of Jazz for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. Receiving his MMus from the Manhattan School of Music, he was resident in New York from 2001-07. During this time he performed extensively with Thelonious Monk Competition winner Jon Irabagon, as well as with Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Dave Lalama and Matt Brewer. His Embodied Hope Quartet features pianist George Colligan, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, and bassist/producer Michael Janisch.

[The Embodied Hope Quartet will return for a second gig tomorrow night!]

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 5

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) £10/8   EMBODIED HOPE QUARTET

[See Wednesday 4th]

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 6

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

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

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

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

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   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 SIMON HODGE & JOHNNY CASHBACK

Sat 7

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 QUARTET

Playing classic jazz standards with a hardbop twist, this Jazz Bar Quartet features Gary Laidlaw (guitar), Fraser Urquhart (piano), Ed Kelly (double bass), and Max Popp (drums).

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   NEW URBAN FRONTIER

NUF are Edinburgh’s fast-flowing muzikal mash-mash. A punk-inspired dub-loving, soul-singing, ska-swinging seven-piece live band with a rapper.

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sun 8

6-8.30pm, £6/£5   BECC SANDERSON SEXTET BOWS TO BOWIE

The final performance (rescheduled) in their concert series celebrating Bowie, with a live recording on the night for release later in the year. It’s been a fascinating process, attempting to choose repertoire from an artist as prolific and diverse as Bowie, a bit like digging for treasure with a bonkers map drawn by one of the most quicksilver artists to walk the earth! Featuring the crème de la crème of Scottish Jazz talent, Steve Hamilton – Piano, Alyn Cosker – Drums, Martin Kershaw – Saxophones, Brian Shiels – Double Bass, and MD Chris Greive – Trombone, add to this phenomenal and original arrangements by Greive, and the extraordinary voice and talent of La Clique Star Becc Sanderson. Be a part of the audience as they put their work down for posterity, dedicating their performance to their long-time champion, Bill Kyle.

[Sunday regulars Hot Tin Roof will return next week]

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   JEDD POTTS & THE HILLMAN HUNTERS: Album Launch!

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.

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 9

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 10

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 11

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   FILIP VERNEERT & ENRIQUE SIMON QUARTET

The Belgian guitarist Filip Verneert and the Spanish pianist Enrique Simon are soulmates, which results in a virtuoso musical conversation. Their music is at the same time melodic, engaging and surprising with roots in jazz and classical music. A unique experience is created through the performance of their own compositions. Rounding out the quartet with Gil Lachenal on double bass and Frederik Van den Berghe on drums, no one musician takes the upper-hand. This is no virtuoso competition. Guitarist, pianist, bassist and drummer search and find, give and take, and most of all, they share their ideas with each other and with us.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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.wed

Thu 12

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

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

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/5   JANETTE MASON TRIO

Janette Mason is a composer, arranger, producer and performer with a diverse musical career. She toured extensively throughout the 90s with artists like Oasis, Pulp and Robert Wyatt and can be heard on the CD soundtrack to the recent Disney release, Cars 3. Her latest project, Red Alert, is inspired by her passionate belief that jazz needs to constantly evolve to attract a younger, more diverse audience. Her unique contemporary compositions, drawing on her wide-ranging influences from Dave Brubeck to David Bowie and Herbie Hancock to Goldfrapp, combine interesting timescapes and modern beats with a cinematic texture and are underpinned by a mature and inventive jazz vocabulary. Her vision is brought to life by the explosive combination of George Hart on drums and Tom Mason on Bass and is a direct musical response to the political and social challenges now facing us all – hence the name Red Alert. Janette’s powerful and rhythmic approach to the piano is subtly fused with synthesizers to create a musical journey that is as engaging as it is thought provoking. The trio features Janette Mason (keyboards), Tom Mason (bass), and Chris Morris (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 13

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   THE NUMBER NINE

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

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 14

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   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.

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 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 ASTROJAZZ

Sun 15

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 16

8pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

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

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

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

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

Tue 17

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 18

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   KIKAZARU

KIKAZARU brings you a full night of exploration, using free improvisation to move through two sets of original and found music, which could be jazz standards, old Senegalese folk tunes, ragas from Lucy’s time in Delhi or John Carpenter-style film music. Combining the cerebral with the physical, the intense with the sublime, the raw with the ridiculous, Kikazaru will fry their brains to blow your minds.
Emma Smith (double bass), Graeme Stephen (guitar+loops), River of Slime (Sampler+loops), Davide L Rinaldi (drums) and Lucy Forde (flute)

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £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.

Thu 19

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   PALE BLUE DOT

Featuring musicians from France, Ireland and Scotland Pale Blue Dot is a high energy vocal jazz group playing strikingly original songs plus some modern jazz standards (Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter etc). Parisian vocalist Ariane Mamon, a graduate of Boston’s Berklee Jazz College, has a natural flair and warmth and excels in this quartet of outstanding improvisers – guitarist Oliver Conway, drummer Alex Palmer and bassist Dave Conway, the latter having collaborated with Tommy Smith and Scotland’s current poet laureate Jackie Kay amongst many.

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 20

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   POCKET DRAGON

POCKET DRAGON is a 5-piece gangster funk band from London. Bridging neo-soul with fusion funk; they play that groove shit that your weird friend talks about. Since graduating from music college, the DIY group have been creating jazz with a new-age vibe in their home studio, PD HQ, leading to the release of their first EP in December 2015. Since then, they have stepped on the jazz scene playing at Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Cheltenham and Cambridge Jazz Festival as well as supporting established acts such as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

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

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

PLUS FUNK DJ

Sat 21

2-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

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

5.30-8.30pm (Entry from 5pm) £6/£5   GRAEME STEPHEN QUARTET

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

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

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

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

HEAVY FUNK DISCOTHEQUE with Aki Remally (guitar), Jim Dummond (drums), Tom Wilkinson (bass), Jonny White (saxophone) and Foss Paterson (keys). Delivering a super spangly set with some Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly Stone and Booker T. Jones and some hard to find gems.

PLUS DJ CALUM

Sun 22

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   SMITTEN

Underground smoky pop duo of vocalist Nicole Smit and guitarist Charlie Wild.

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 23

8pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

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

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

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

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

Tue 24

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 25

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   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 (Entry from 11pm) £4/£3   SUN JUICE
SunJuice in your ears, eyes, toes & soul. An international conflagration of all original Balkan/klezmer/funk/skunk & jass to nibble, dazzle, tap and nourish every imaginable appendage. Come down and jump around.

Thu 26

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   LORNA REID: Lounge Sessions

“The Lounge Sessions” Lorna Reid vocalist and songwriter brings her acclaimed show of spellbinding jazz and original songs, featuring a stellar line-up of Scotland’s finest musicians. With the swing of Ella, heart of Billy Holiday and soul of Nina Simone’, a musical journey that is ‘very cool and also very warm.’ ‘Lorna Reid manages to bridge the gulf between jazz and country with some panache’ Jim Gilchrist The Scotsman

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 27

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   MEZCLA

Mezcla is a world jazz/fusion collective at the forefront of Glasgow’s vibrant improvised music scene. Led by bass player David Bowden (BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017), Mezcla features some of Scotland’s brightest stars and is already attracting attention for its innovative blend of soulful jazz and energetic grooves. Skilfully fusing influences from West Africa to Latin America and beyond, Mezcla’s music is distinguished by its uplifting melodies, shimmering textures, and visceral improvisation.

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 28

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   SUN JUICE

SunJuice in your ears, eyes, toes & soul. An international conflagration of all original Balkan/klezmer/funk/skunk & jass to nibble, dazzle, tap and nourish every imaginable appendage. Come down and jump around.

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 29

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   ALI AFFLECK’S SUNDAY SPEAKEASY

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

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

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

Mon 30

8pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

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

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

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

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