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! It’s always a fresh line-up and often features guests from the world over. This is the very essence of jazz and one of our most popular sets.
Originally, The Jazz Bar’s founder and drummer, Bill Kyle, organised these sets with his extensive pool of musicians. After Bill’s death in 2016, we quickly realised that he was doing the work of at least ten people and so to help shoulder this work-load, the wonderful Colin Steele stepped forward to take on this huge organisational task each week. Colin has been a major helping hand and supportive figure in recent years, helping to keep the jazz on track. Here he is performing (trumpet) with the World Premiere Quintet alongside Brian Molley (saxophone), Dave Milligan (piano), Ed Kelly (bass), and Jim Drummond (drums).
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.