Current Programme

October ’17


Sun 1

6.30pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm  SMITTEN

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

[Sunday regulars Hot Tin Roof will return next week.]

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

Keep that weekend party going! 6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor. Featuring songs by Massive Attack, 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   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.

Wed 4

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   PAUL BOOTH QUARTET – PATCHWORK PROJECT

Paul Booth is one of the most critically acclaimed and sought after saxophonists in England at the moment with five solo album releases to date. In his early years, whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he won many awards including the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship held in Miami and “The Best Modern Jazz Player” category in the televised “Young Jazz Player of the Year” competition.

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-11.30 (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), David Series (guitar), Danielle Price (tuba) and Stu Brown (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  BOURBON STREET SOUL

Bourbon Street are a four piece funk, soul, blues band from Edinburgh, United Kingdom. They are currently hitting the Edinburgh music scene with covers and original music, focussing primarly on funk driven grooves and slow soulful ballads.

Fri 6

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £14/£9   CRAIG HANDY QUARTET

The one and only, legendary saxophonist Craig Handy! Having performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey and Dee Dee Bridgewater (to name a few!) over his extraordinary career, Handy is currently touring out of London with an impressive line-up featuring multi-award-winning musicians Jonathan Gee (piano), Rod Young (drums), and Nicola Sabato (bass). The quartet will be touring throughout the UK, but we have the Scotland exclusive – not to be missed!

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   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

PLUS DJ

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)

5.45-8.30pm 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   ‘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

Sun 8

6-8.30pm, 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!

9pm-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £5/£4   ANDERSSON/PRINGLE/BANNER/PEREIRA

This collaborative European quartet has been brought together especially for a tour of the UK this autumn. Consisting of musicians from Portugal, Sweden and the UK, the group’s original compositions take influence from Berlin’s creative music scenes, Scandinavian folksong and swing. They gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England and the National Lottery in helping to fund this activity.

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

Keep that weekend party going! 6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor. Featuring songs by Massive Attack, 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

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) £7/£5   OLLIE HOWELL QUARTET

A young Ollie Howell was given his first pair of drum sticks by Radiohead’s Philip Selway and he is now championed by industry guru Quincy Jones as an emerging creative force. Quincy describes him as “an unbelievable drummer. So creative I couldn’t believe it … he really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat.”

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 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) £5/4   ROBERT BALZAR TRIO

20-year-old trio of internationally acclaimed musicians at the fore-front of the Czech jazz scene. The trio is arranged by bassist Robert Balzar and featuring Kamil Slezak (drums) and Jiří Levíček (piano), playing a heady mix of original compositions and fresh arrangements of some old 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 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   ALBUM LAUNCH: THE VAMPIRES MEET LIONEL LOUEKE

Australian celebrated world-roots-jazz band The Vampires return to the UK following their Love Supreme Festival debut in 2015. Featuring four of some of the most awarded Australian instrumentalists including saxophonist Jeremy Rose, trumpeter Nick Garbett, Thelonius Monk Institute alumni bassist Alex Boneham and drummer Alex Masso, the band has released five albums and toured relentlessly around Australia, the UK and Europe. Combining risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue between the sax-trumpet frontline, the band has developed a style of its own that effortlessly combines influences from all corners of the world. To mark 10 years of performing together, the band collaborated with one of the jazz world’s most talked about guitarists, guitarist Lionel Loueke for their new release “The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke,” which they will be launching tonight.

12-2.30am (Entry from 11pm) £6/£5   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

Monday night funk/soul regulars are let out of their cage for a special Friday 13th performance. 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).

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

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     JOHN BURGESS QUARTET

Swinging standards from the 20’s and 30’s and tunes by Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong. Featuring John Burgess (tenor sax & clarinet), Brian Kellock (piano), Ed Kelly (bass), and Dave Swanson (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   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

Sun 15

6-8.30pm, 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!

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

Monthly Blues night with resident band Piranha Blues plus this month’s special guest band Jedd Potts and the Hillman Hunters.

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 £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! 6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor. Featuring songs by Massive Attack, 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

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) £7/£5   OLI ROCKBERGER

Singer-songwriter & keys man Oli Rockberger wil be performing at this intimate South Coast gem as part of his Oct ‘Sovereign’ album release tour. Oli, who’s credits include Laura Mvula, Carly Simon, Randy Brecker and Richard Spaven, will be joined by a stellar line up to perform selections from his forthcoming album ‘Sovereign’ (Oct 20 release Whirlwind) and from his ’13 acclaimed self-release ‘Old Habits’.

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 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-11.30pm (Entry from 7.30pm) £6/5   THE GLOWROGUES

Manchester based jazz, funk and hip hop band, founded by multi-instrumentalist and composer Jim Molyneux. Drawing on their inspiration from artists such as The Cinematic Orchestra, Snarky Puppy and The Robert Glasper Experiment, the band is made up of budding talent from Manchester and Birmingham’s jazz scenes; featuring members of Cinematic Folk Septet The Old Dance School, energetic Mancunian jazz juggernaut Beats & Pieces Big Band, as well as members of experimental jazz fusion trio Apes Grapes.

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   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.

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 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) £5/£4     GRAEME STEPHEN QUARTET

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  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

Sun 22

6-8.30pm, 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!

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

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

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

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

Mon 23

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! 6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor. Featuring songs by Massive Attack, 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

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) £5/4   BRIAN MOLLEY QUARTET

The highly acclaimed Scottish saxophonist, with his outstanding quartet, performs original contemporary, lyrical music from his recent release ‘Clock’. This is robust modern jazz with a Latin influence, as organic compositions blend alongside skilfully crafted reinterpretations of classic jazz standards. Brian is with acclaimed top-drawer colleagues Tom Gibbs (piano), Mario Caribé (bass) and Stuart Brown (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 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   THE ELUSIVE TREE ENSEMBLE

The Elusive Tree Ensemble members, Doug Hough, Andy Baker, Adam Jackson, Phil Cardwell ,Ben MacDonald and Paul Harrison are a collective of Scotland’s finest up and coming jazz musicians, showcasing exciting talent in performance and composition. This 6-piece ensemble explores the full spectrum of sound, demonstrating what The Herald called “a superb variety of moods, energy levels, grooves and arrangement ideas”.

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   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   GILCHRIST

Dancefloor-filling funk from vocals-fronted Edinburgh 7-piece with trumpet/trombone horn section, “a talented bunch … fantastic performances with an excellent blend of new and older songs. Gilchrist are to be one of the most sought after bands of 2016 and beyond” (Radio Saltire).

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     TBC

Watch this space!

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  BHUNDU BOY – RISE KAGONA

Zimbabwean Rise Kagona, a guitar hero on two continents, transferred traditional Zimbabwe Jiti rhythms to guitar, and his band The Bhundu Boys toured the world extensively. Today his new Jit-Jive band is unique in the world for performing Jiti music. After sell-out Fringe shows last year, Rise is back, to perform new songs and old favourites. ‘Sunny, intricate guitar lines whose easy sparkle belie formidable technical prowess’ (Scotsman). Sure to make you dance!

PLUS DJ ASTROJAZZ

Sun 29

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 the beginning of the year. Everybody is welcome!

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

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 £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’ FUNKY FRIGHT NIGHT

“We all Funk down here!” Embrace the fear and join Glamour & The Baybes as they open the doors to Halloween for a special late night funk fest. Featuring songs by Massive Attack, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Lettuce and more. ‘Soulful and outrageous … the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 31

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!)