04 – 28 August
2.30pm to 5am – 8 shows per day!
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website: tickets.edfringe.com
The venue is partially seated and seats are unreserved. Arrive 30 minutes early for seating. If a show is not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase in cash at the time of entry, but may be standing-room only.
Doors open 15 minutes before the listed show time.
Late night performances
We are open til 5am every night! Entry for the midnight show allows you to stay in for the 2am show.
All shows listed at 00:00 or 02:00 are on the NIGHT of the listed date. Please be aware of this when using digital calendars.
- 11th Year! John Hunt Four O’Clock Afternoon Blues and Swing
- 30th Anniversary! Valery Ponomarev: The Jazz Messenger
- 5 Nights in Harperspace
- Aaaah Look Who It Is: Nicole Smit and Jed Potts!
- Acoustic Blues and Roots
- Acoustic Blues in the Afternoon
- Ali Affleck Celebrates Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue
- Ali Affleck Celebrates the Queens of Swing – Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington and Anita O’Day
- America the Epic – The Hot Jazz and Blues Roots That Changed the World
- Angels and Demons
- Anna Vanosi Jazz Trio
- Bessie Smith and the Blues Queens – 1913-1933
- Blue Note Nights – JazzMain on the Fringe
- Blues Guitar Duo – Hot Tin Roof
- Blueswater Presents: Live at the Jazz Bar
- Bonnie Bayou
- Brian Kellock / Colin Steele Play Oliver!
- Colin Steele Quintet Play Miles Davis
- Deceptive Lizard
- The Easy Rollers: Drop Me Off in Harlem
- Espirito do Brasil
- Etta and Gladys – Glamour and Grit
- Gecko 3
- The Gil Scott-Heron Songbook
- Hendrix and Us
- The Jazz Bar After Hours
- Jazz Guitar Heroes
- Jazz Undercover: 70s Songwriters
- Joni Mitchell Reconstructed
- The Katet vs John Williams
- The Katet vs Stevie Wonder
- Kings of the Blues
- Late Bloomers’ Tales
- Lights Out By Nine – Live!
- Mahuki: Obsolete Absolute
- The Music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie – Martin Kershaw/Colin Steele Quintet
- Press Start! A Live Video Game Music Adventure
- The Red-Hot Roots of Jazz
- Samba Sene and Diwan
- The Sorries at the Bar
- Soundbone Plays Led Zeppelin
- Trouble In Mind: 100 Years of the Blues
‘Fantastic!’ (Jools Holland). ‘Boogie-woogie slide-guitar master’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Like Seasick Steve in a science lab’ (Ian Rankin). ‘The Fringe’s most unique, inventive and soulful blues performer, fantastic gig’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
An unmissable exclusive performance from legendary Russian-American trumpeter and Jazz Messengers alumnus, Valery Ponomarev. This elite quintet celebrates one of jazz’s most influential institutions. This is the jazz event of the Fringe!
Acclaimed guitarist/singer and double Fringe award winner plays from emotional to political, from singular to universal, from his extensive back catalogue. ‘One of the finest guitarists, soaring vocals, epic songs’ (Mojo). ‘Acoustic Hendrix!’ (Guitar Magazine).
Following sell-out Fringe shows in 2022, acclaimed Scottish blues singer/guitarist Derek Smith (Main Street Blues), is back to perform a wide range of up-tempo classics and re-arranged original blues from his published CD recordings.
The Scottish acoustic guitar and double bass duo’s fifth Fringe playing classic blues from the last 100 years by greats like Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon. Expect passionate playing and also some humour.
The mighty Nina Simone’s vast repertoire is lovingly and respectfully celebrated by award-winning Ali and all-star band. ‘Stunningly expressive’ ***** (San Diego Union-Tribune). ‘Musical storyteller’ (Scotsman). ‘Gorgeous voice’ (LA Times).
8 – Ali Affleck Celebrates the Queens of Swing – Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington and Anita O’Day
Vivacious award-winning vocalist pays homage to trailblazing jazz divas. ‘Stunningly expressive’ ***** (San Diego Union-Tribune). ‘Musical Storyteller’ (Scotsman). ‘Such authenticity’ (BBC Jazzhouse).
Acclaimed Edinburgh singer Lorna Reid and virtuoso band perform swinging classic and original songs. A seductive journey of love and loss; darkness and light. ‘Smooth, soulful and sultry; simultaneously warm and very cool’ (ThreeWeeks).
Anna Vanosi embodies the character of every song she sings (American and Italian popular songbooks), drawing imagination, passion and energy from the depths of her soul. ‘Enchanting: A real life Italian diva’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
Party harder than Gatsby! Celebrate the strong blues queens who built careers during prohibition – including many forgotten divas. Sold out in 2022! ‘Musical storyteller’ (Scotsman). ‘5 Stars’ (ArtsReviewsInEdinburgh.com).
Hot Tin Roof are an Edinburgh-based guitar duo who play original bluesy songs as well as classic blues covers – including the B sides. Featuring Andy (rhythm guitar/vocals) and Gavin playing lead guitar.
The Jennifer Ewan Band performs a stirring mix of compelling original songs, Louisiana blues and old-time Cajun dance music with a Celtic tint. ‘Just brilliant… music of the highest quality… Scottish rising star’ (Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland).
Consider Yourself invited to Scotland’s premier jazz duo celebrating this classic. Who Will Buy tickets? After Reviewing the Situation you’d Pick a Pocket or Two to come. A Fine Life guaranteed with Oom-pah-pah!
With thrilling empathy, phenomenal solos and driving musical energy, Steele’s trumpet fronts a quintet covering classic arrangements of Miles Davis’ seminal albums of the 50s and 60s, like Milestones and Kind of Blue. [Ages 18+]
Deceptive Lizard’s aim is simple, to play music that will take the listener on a journey through melodic and harmonic landscapes by melting together the world of effects and electronics with simple folkloric melodies.
Roaring seven-piece jazz outfit performing speakeasy hits from the Prohibition era and beyond – expect theatrical interludes, raucous showstoppers and some of the finest jazz this side of the Atlantic!
Celebrating and reimagining the best of Brazilian jazz, Glasgow’s BMQ bring Rio’s carnival sunshine to Edinburgh. From sizzling samba to mellow bossa nova, expect beautifully crafted music performed by a world-class, multi award-winning ensemble. ‘Mesmerising’ (Huffington Post).
With grooves rooted in double bass, drums, guitar and vocal dexterity, Gecko 3 play a dance-friendly mix of funk, latin, hip hop, jazz and reggae. Their sets range from banging floor-fillers to acoustic poetry. ‘Seriously catchy’ (IndieLaunchpad.com).
Aki Remally (vocals, guitar) and Fraser Urquhart (piano, keyboards) make their return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They delve deep into the work of the revolutionary poet, jazz musician and rap pioneer, Gil Scott-Heron.
After last year’s sell-out show, established Scottish jazz-funk guitarist Aki Remally reconstructs the music of Jimi Hendrix with a funk-heavy approach, featuring Scotland’s finest musicians! A psychedelic funk odyssey to behold with grooves galore.
Edinburgh’s iconic Jazz Bar showcases the city’s phenomenal local talent with nightly danceable live late-night funk, soul, blues, and special jazz performances – including a 17-piece big band!
Three of Scotland’s most creative musicians join forces to pay tribute to jazz guitar legends. Dave has been described as sounding ‘like a blue note session from an alternate universe’ (AllAboutJazz.com). **** (Scotsman).
A great song is a great song forever! In their twelfth year of collaboration, acclaimed London-based jazz/blues/soul vocalist Kerry-Jo Hodgkin and Scottish guitarist Malcolm MacFarlane, create unique interpretations of songs from singer/songwriters prominent in the 1970s.
Join Edinburgh’s jazz-funk superband on the dance floor as they funk up the music of Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, E.T. and more. All your favourite film scores like you’ve never heard them before!
Edinburgh’s jazz-funk superband return to the legend’s music with brand-new arrangements and mashups. Basically, they’re back – bigger, better and bolder than ever. All your favourite Stevie classics like you’ve never heard them before!
Anna Vanosi’s soulful voice transports you from Billie Holiday to Björk tracing a comical, poignant path, feeling out of step with time. Join this inspirational late-bloomers’ adventure. “Eccentric, adorable, enchanting. A real-life Italian diva” **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
An unmissable showcase of high-energy fusion pioneering the sound of Edinburgh Jazz. Featuring some of the country’s most exciting talent, Mahuki bring their UK-wide tour to a close with a gripping performance backed by exceptional improvisational ability.
Exuberant fusion of funky mbalax/Afrobeat rhythms, with undercurrents of ska, rock, Senegalese soul; impassioned vocals, infectious guitar licks, irresistible dance grooves. ‘Must-see’ (Edinburgh Evening News). ‘Blistering tequila sunrise of a gig’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
The duo sing, play and banter their way through a different selection of great old Scottish tunes at the Jazz Bar. ‘A must for lovers of Scots songs’ **** (EdinburghSpotlight.com). ‘Genuinely funny’ (FringeReport.com).
Memphis-born singer/songwriter/pianist Charlie Wood takes you on a live listening tour through the Blues. Featuring songs by Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, BB King and many more.
The Jazz Bar After Hours
These shows are organised by The Jazz Bar, featuring some of the very best musicians of Edinburgh and Scotland.
Caution! – Due to our late opening hours, our days don’t end until 5am. Shows listed at 00:00 or 02:00 are on the NIGHT of the listed date. Take care when using digital calendars or reminders.
– The Fresh Squeeze
Fronted by the high-energy vocals of Kat Brooks, The Fresh Squeeze mix up funk classics and up-tempo R&B ranging from the 70s to the present day. Backed up by Alex James (guitar) and a solid rhythm section made up of Ali Todd (bass), Joe Revell (keys) and Carter Skillicorn (drums), there’s no doubt, you won’t be spending the night in your seat.🎟️ Aug 7, 14, 21 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
– Becca Sloan
Up and coming singer Becca Sloan has garnered increasing attention for her distinctive, soulful voice. Largely influenced by jazz and soul legends such as Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Puma Blue and Celeste, Becca’s musicdraws upon themes of love, adoration and growing up. Tonight, she is accompanied by a band of talented contemporaries.🎟️ Aug 8, 22 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
– Nicole and The Backup Crew
Lively and soulful blues party, paying homage to the most important women in blues history featuring stunning singer, Nicole Smit and her band consisting of some of the finest blues musicians in Scotland!
– Glamour & The Baybes
5-Piece funk with ripping horns and massive vocals that grab you by the soul and drop you on the dance floor! Sultry Saxophonic Soloing, Gastronomically Gorgeous Guitar-Grooving and featuring the spectacular voice and eclectic madness of Angus Munro. “Soulful and outrageous… the largest vocal range I’ve ever heard!” (Scotsman)🎟️ Aug 9, 16, 23 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
– 101st Airborne
Come and get your serving of 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 Thursday funk with a set covering everything from Funkadelic to Vulfpeck.
– Future Heroes
Jazz Bar favourite Aki Remally (guitar/vocals) fronts this five-piece funk monster, playing tasty covers and heavy jams. Featuring Jonny White on saxophone, these guys will keep your feet moving all night long with the deep-funk rhythms of Toni McVey (drums), Tom Wilkinson (bass) and Luke Cunningham (keys) Occasional guests ensure a night of heavy funking for all. Get involved.🎟️ Aug 17 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
– 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.🎟️ Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
Weekends Midnight & 2am
Original hook-laden funk, combined with a gritty rock ‘n roll attitude! Featuring a groove-driven rhythm section courtesy of Niamh Jordan (drums), and Oscar Dailly (bass), and the compositions of Seamus Dailly and Harry Kemp (guitars and vocals).🎟️ Aug 4 00:00 – 01:30 Ages 18+
Mixing a live latin rhythm section, psychadelic guitar solos and mesmerizing Peruvian melodies, the 7-piece Los Chichanos perform “chicha” music or Jungle Cumbia. This style of South American music was written to make bodies move and minds travel. Jungle sounds, guitar-driven songs, vintage organ leads and hot Latin percussion.🎟️ Aug 4 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
Chakalaka Funk presents Jazz Bar resident extraordinaire Aki Remally’s definitive funk band. Playing original tunes, going from the soulful to the funky, Aki Remally leads a five-piece band with some of Scotland’s funkiest players, filling the void between Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton and Gil Scott-Heron. Groovetastic, moogtastic and guaranteed to make you shake it fo’ sho’… Tunes from the Chakalaka DJs from 1.30am ensure a night of heavy funking for all.🎟️ Aug 5 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
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).🎟️ Aug 5, 26 00:00-01:30 Ages 18+
Samba Sene & Diwan
Exuberant fusion of funky mbalax/Afrobeat rhythms, with undercurrents of ska, rock, Senegalese soul; impassioned vocals, infectious guitar licks, irresistible dance grooves. ‘Must-see’ (Edinburgh Evening News). ‘Blistering tequila sunrise of a gig’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com).🎟️ Aug 11 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
Feli y Los Malos
Led by Colombian-American Felipe Schrieberg, Feli y Los Malos is a latin-pop quartet blending together blues, boogaloo and Cuban son into something altogether unique. Performing only three high-octane gigs at the award-winning venue The Jazz Bar, the band’s tropical sound kick off the late night party. ‘Excellent!’ (BBC R4)🎟️ Aug 11, 19, 25 00:00-01:30; Aug 12, 26 02:00-05:00 Ages 18+
The Foo Birds
Following a string of sold-out headline gigs, The Foo Birds have been back in the studio. The London-based five-piece have been releasing fresh tunes and getting high praise for their signature in-the-pocket, move-your-body, soulful sound.🎟️ Aug 12 00:00-01:30 Ages 18+
The Katet: The Originals
Maestro Mike Kearney leads The Katet, Edinburgh’s 7-piece soul/funk Monster. Expect high-octane, life and death super-funk fusion with relentless groove, gnarly guitars, and triple-horn acrobatics. “There’s Jazz, there’s Funk, and then there’s The Katet” – James Corden *****🎟️ Aug 18 00:00-01:30 Ages 18+
The AKI Project
Playing original tunes, going from the soulful to the funky, Aki Remally leads a five-piece band with some of Scotland’s funkiest players, filling the void between Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton and Gil Scott-Heron. Groovetastic, moogtastic and guaranteed to make you shake it fo’ sho’…🎟️ Aug 18, 19 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
High-energy rhythm & blues fronted by Carl Marah (Vocals/Guitar). Diving into select deep cuts from the 50s-70s, Marah and Luke Cunningham (Keyboards) take turns cutting loose, while Ewan Gibson (Bass) and Simon Gibb (Drums) steer the ship through the choppy waters. Dancing shoes compulsory.🎟️ Aug 25 02:00 – 05:00 Ages 18+
The Jazz Bar Big Band
For one night only, The Jazz Bar’s own Big Band comes to the Fringe Festival! Wonderful sounds from this great resident band with a huge brass section! 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.