Current Programme

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


MARCH


Sun 1

2-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

Come and watch Tinderbox Orchestra rehearse and improvise some exciting new tunes and if you play an instrument or if you sing or rap, we’d love you to come and join in and play with the orchestra too.  You can join for the full course, or come week to week and join in at your own pace.

6pm-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 £6/£5   GRAEME STEPHEN QUINTET

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.

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped. Featuring hot vocals from Fiona Lynch and funky grooves from Aki Remally (guitar), Jim Drummond (drums), Dougie Coulter (bass), and Mike Kearney (keys).

Mon 2

5pm-7pm, Free until 7.30pm   B-SIDE MONDAYS

Don’t like Mondays? Who does?! Here to help you unwind, the Monday acoustic sessions are a chance to hear the undeservedly lesser known, rarely played, and forgotten about songs of the past – the B-Sides! From somewhat obscure artists such as Davy Graham, Gil Scott-Heron and Django Reinhardt, to seldom performed classics from Bach, Sartre, Fransisco Tarrega, and more. Chess boards available for Monday evening relaxation.

8pm-10.45pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from around Scotland to participate in this outstanding gig. Nowhere else can you hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by saxophonist Keith Edwards and bassist Erik Lars Hansen, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements.

11.30pm-2.30am £4/£3 (Free for students!)   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 3

6pm-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 £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

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Fat grooves, jazzy excursions, soulful vocals and bags of pocket from guitarist Aki Remally’s soul-funk four-piece band… with the baaaadest rhythm section in town supplying ALL of your Tuesday funk with a set covering everything from Funkadelic to Vulfpeck.

Wed 4

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

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

6.30pm-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 £6/£5   SAM LEAK TRIO

The Sam Leak Trio perform contemporary jazz with a gospel-tinged, and folk-inspired, freedom and abandon, invoking the joy and emotion typified by Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett’s 1960s trios. Showcasing music from their upcoming album, the ensemble maintains a sense of the tradition whilst performing music that is very much rooted in the present. Drawing on Leak’s background in music psychology the music will be interspersed with fascinating insights about music and how we perceive it.

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Horn-heavy swamp-funk, mixing up New Orleans grooves with some hard-hitting riffs, feat. Jed Potts (guitar/vox), bass, drums plus a trumpet/sax/trombone horn section.

Thu 5

6pm-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 £6/£5   COLIN STEELE’S BLUE NOTE QUINTET

Trumpeter Steele has assembled a quintet of top Scottish jazz musicians to pay homage to the greatest jazz record label of them all. Playing a selection of Blue Note’s most famous melodies, from Herbie Hancock to Horace Silver and Art Blakey, the band features Stewart Forbes (saxophone), Dave Milligan (piano), Ed Kelly (bass) and Max Popp (drums).

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   FUTURE HEROES

Superbly creative guitarist Aki Remally fronts this five-piece funk monster. Featuring Jonny White on saxophone, these guys will keep your feet moving all night long with the deep-funk rhythms of Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 6

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HALF MOON MEDICINE SHOWCASE

Cera Impala, Edinburgh’s esteemed banjo babe, brings roots, folk, old-time jazz, gospel, rag, and original indie-love to The Jazz Bar as she hosts a one-of-a-kind showcase featuring talent from her eclectic community of artists. The Half Moon Medicine show(case) – the cure for what ails you!

9pm-2.30am £6/£5   MICHAEL KANAN QUARTET

Michael Kanan ranks among New York City’s most respected jazz pianists, having worked extensively with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy, Mark Turner and his own groups. One of the city’s top vocal accompanists, his gift has ensured long tenures with the likes of Jimmy Scott and Jane Monheit. Performing here in a weekend residency with his quartet (Friday), trio (Saturday 5.30pm) and joining The Jazz Bar’s own ‘World Premiere Quintet’ (Saturday 9pm).

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   POWER RANGERS

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

PLUS DJ

Sat 7

2pm-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

Hot swinging jazz from Alan Anderson (piano), Jimmy Taylor (bass/vocals) and Dave Swanson (drums).

5.30pm-8.30pm £6/£5   MICHAEL KANAN TRIO

Michael Kanan ranks among New York City’s most respected jazz pianists, having worked extensively with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy, Mark Turner and his own groups. One of the city’s top vocal accompanists, his gift has ensured long tenures with the likes of Jimmy Scott and Jane Monheit. Performing here in a weekend residency with his quartet (Friday), trio (Saturday 5.30pm) and joining The Jazz Bar’s own ‘World Premiere Quintet’ (Saturday 9pm).

9pm-11.30pm £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) – to play with no rehearsal, and no set list! Always a fresh line-up. Featuring special guest Michael Kanan (piano).

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   CHAKALAKA FUNK

New club night for Edinburgh, downstairs in the sweat box that is The Jazz Bar. On the first Saturday of the month, DJs Simon Hodge and friends, and live acts, handpicked from the current cream of the funk and soul scene, in a celebration of all things exhilarating that can be found in soul, funk, latin, afro and boogie.

PLUS DJ SIMON HODGE

Sun 8

2-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

Come and watch Tinderbox Orchestra rehearse and improvise some exciting new tunes and if you play an instrument or if you sing or rap, we’d love you to come and join in and play with the orchestra too.  You can join for the full course, or come week to week and join in at your own pace.

6pm-11.30pm £8/£6   INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – KREWE OF MUSES

Celebrating International Women’s Day in style with a massive showcase of female artists of various genres, from blues & roots, through canon & creole, to gypsy jazz & swing. Featuring Ali Affleck, Jennifer Ewan, Delightful Squalor, The Bevvy Sisters, Helen Jayne, Nicole Smit – 17 artists performing! This event lends its name from the distinguished Krewe of Muses, the first all-female Mardi-Gras Krewe to parade uptown at night in New Orleans, and the first female Super-Krewe to allow open membership.

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped. Featuring hot vocals from Fiona Lynch and funky grooves from Aki Remally (guitar), Jim Drummond (drums), Dougie Coulter (bass), and Mike Kearney (keys).

Mon 9

5pm-7pm, Free until 7.30pm   B-SIDE MONDAYS

Don’t like Mondays? Who does?! Here to help you unwind, the Monday acoustic sessions are a chance to hear the undeservedly lesser known, rarely played, and forgotten about songs of the past – the B-Sides! From somewhat obscure artists such as Davy Graham, Gil Scott-Heron and Django Reinhardt, to seldom performed classics from Bach, Sartre, Fransisco Tarrega, and more. Chess boards available for Monday evening relaxation.

8pm-10.45pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from around Scotland to participate in this outstanding gig. Nowhere else can you hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by saxophonist Keith Edwards and bassist Erik Lars Hansen, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements.

11.30pm-2.30am £4/£3 (Free for students!)   GLAMOUR & THE BAYBES

6-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. ‘Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!’ (Scotsman)

Tue 10

6pm-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 £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

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   101st AIRBORNE

Fat grooves, jazzy excursions, soulful vocals and bags of pocket from guitarist Aki Remally’s soul-funk four-piece band… with the baaaadest rhythm section in town supplying ALL of your Tuesday funk with a set covering everything from Funkadelic to Vulfpeck.

Wed 11

3.30pm-6pm, Free   EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Open Rehearsal

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

6.30pm-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 £6/£5   FUENSANTA MÉNDEZ PROJECT

The singer, bassist and composer Fuensanta Méndez was born in Veracruz. Her music grows from Latin American folklore, poetry, and contemporary jazz: sometimes refined and colourful, sometimes avant-garde and raw. In 2016 she debuted with her quintet during the Prinses Christina Jazz Concours, winning the 1st prize and the press prize, as well as being selected to perform in North Sea Jazz 2017. She has recently been awarded with “Jóvenes Creadores 2019” (Young Creators) by FONCA, an artist grant for composition. Here, Fuensanta is joined by some of the finest players on Scottish Jazz scene: Brodie Jarvie (bass), Paul Harrison (keys), Stephen Henderson (drums), and Norman Willmore (sax).

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   SWAMPFOG

Horn-heavy swamp-funk, mixing up New Orleans grooves with some hard-hitting riffs, feat. Jed Potts (guitar/vox), bass, drums plus a trumpet/sax/trombone horn section.

Thu 12

6pm-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 £6/£5   AULD REEKIE STOMPERS

A wild 7-piece band with a passion truly fitting to the true spirit of trad jazz. Expect energetic music with a fun repertoire drawing from both the more familiar New Orleans vibe, as well as some rarely heard gems. Each band member shares the ‘spotlight’ and showcases their favourite songs/ tunes and the result is a hugely unique, friendly and exciting performance that will Appeal to swing dancers and early jazz lovers as well as to those who ‘don’t like jazz’!

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   FUTURE HEROES

Superbly creative guitarist Aki Remally fronts this five-piece funk monster. Featuring Jonny White on saxophone, these guys will keep your feet moving all night long with the deep-funk rhythms of Toni McVey (drums), Luke Cunningham (keys) and Tom Wilkinson (bass). Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all…

Fri 13

6pm-8.30pm, Free until 7.30pm   HALF MOON MEDICINE SHOWCASE

Cera Impala, Edinburgh’s esteemed banjo babe, brings roots, folk, old-time jazz, gospel, rag, and original indie-love to The Jazz Bar as she hosts a one-of-a-kind showcase featuring talent from her eclectic community of artists. The Half Moon Medicine show(case) – the cure for what ails you!

9pm-11.30pm £6/£5   BOPTIMISM

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

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   JON MACKENZIE BAND

One of Edinburgh’s grooviest rockers, Jon Mackenzie presents a funkier side of blues and psychedelia. A heavy, swaggering power trio kicking out the jams until the wee small hours…

PLUS DJ

Sat 14

2pm-5pm Free   AFTERNOON JAZZ with THE MELLOTONES TRIO

Hot swinging jazz from Alan Anderson (piano), Jimmy Taylor (bass/vocals) and Dave Swanson (drums).

5.30pm-8.30pm £7/£5   THE ‘BIG EASY’ SATURDAY SESSIONS

Celebrate a relaxed evening in the classic ‘Speakeasy’ style. From Authentic hot-roots Americana, spicy New Orleans trad jazz and gypsy swing to prohibition-era blues… award-winning vocalist Ali Affleck selects both local-legends and out of town guest musicians for highly danceable and fun Saturday sessions.

9pm-11.30pm £7/£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) – to play with no rehearsal, and no set list! Always a fresh line-up.

12.15am-2.30am £6/£5   BOHEMIAN MONK MACHINE

6-piece funk band hailing from Perth bring you a night of high energy funk mania! Expect groove based original material and an array of covers and reworks ranging from the 60’s era of James Brown right through to the current sounds of Vulfpeck. “Perth Funk Pioneers” ~ Hollie Irvine (Discovery Music).

PLUS DJ

Sun 15

2-5pm Free   TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA (Open Rehearsals)

Come and watch Tinderbox Orchestra rehearse and improvise some exciting new tunes and if you play an instrument or if you sing or rap, we’d love you to come and join in and play with the orchestra too.  You can join for the full course, or come week to week and join in at your own pace.

6pm-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 £6/£5   WILLIAM YOUNG

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

12.15am-2.30am £4/£3   THE SUNDAY SINNERS

Neo-soul, trip-hop grooves and re-edited classics are delivered to your ears, feet and hips by this vocals-fronted band with a rhythm section to die for. Guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your jaw dropped. Featuring hot vocals from Fiona Lynch and funky grooves from Aki Remally (guitar), Jim Drummond (drums), Dougie Coulter (bass), and Mike Kearney (keys).

Mon 16

5pm-7pm, Free until 7.30pm   B-SIDE MONDAYS

Don’t like Mondays? Who does?! Here to help you unwind, the Monday acoustic sessions are a chance to hear the undeservedly lesser known, rarely played, and forgotten about songs of the past – the B-Sides! From somewhat obscure artists such as Davy Graham, Gil Scott-Heron and Django Reinhardt, to seldom performed classics from Bach, Sartre, Fransisco Tarrega, and more. Chess boards available for Monday evening relaxation.

8pm-10.45pm £7/£5   THE JAZZ BAR’s 17-Piece BIG BAND

Open Rehearsal 8-9pm, full gig from 9.15-10.45pm
FOUR trumpets, FOUR trombones, FIVE saxes and FOUR rhythm! It’s a variable line-up of top-class pro players, who travel in from around Scotland to participate in this outstanding gig. Nowhere else can you hear this standard of regular Big Band playing. Co-led by saxophonist Keith Edwards and bassist Erik Lars Hansen, the personnel changes weekly, as does their selection of fantastic arrangements.

Free entry – Open to 3am

Tue 17

6pm-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 £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

Free entry – Open late

Wed 18

6.30pm-8.30pm, Free until 7pm   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 £6   FRASER URQUHART TRIO

Acclaimed Edinburgh-based pianist Fraser Urquhart brings together his exceptional trio for a night of swinging jazz standards and classic tunes.

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Unfortunately the inevitable has happened and we are ceasing operations for the time being. On any given week, we would host 22+ bands and well over 100 musicians. Stay tuned in to our Blog and/or Facebook and Instagram pages for shares of their recordings, band music and merch links and follow along for a glimpse of what our programme would have looked like. We’ll be sharing ways that you can continue to support musicians and the venue.

DONATE

You can continue to support us and the professional musicians who are struggling right now, by donating what you might usually spend on an entry fee or a drink, or any other amount that you wish. Professional musicians and all hospitality/event staff are facing an incredibly difficult time, having seen months of steady work disappear over-night. Any donations would be extremely appreciated to help us to continue to pay our staff through our closure and support our local event staff community in any way that we can.