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The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is back – from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd July – and as usual, we are hosting two festival bands.  On Friday 14th, we have an exciting young Norwegian band, Swing’It Dixieband.  They promise toe-tapping rhythms, effusive horns and five-part vocals, so it should be a night to remember.  Tickets are available, but are selling fast, so contact Jim Callander (07805 063963) to book your seats.  On Friday 21st July, we have two guest musicians from New Orleans – Kevin Louis (trumpet) is known for his beautiful tone and swinging feel and having toured more than thirty countries is a seasoned player.  David L Harris (trombone) will be flying in from New York, via Dublin, before heading home to New Orleans and will be backed by the Spirits of Rhythm.  He has played with all the top names all round the world and we can expect a fantastic authentic session from both of these New Orleans specialists.  Tickets from Jim Callander (07805 063963).  Tickets for all Festival events are  available from The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE; 0131 473 2000; .

THE STORYVILLE ALL STARS on Friday 14th August

Our guest band for August comes from a bit nearer home – from Dundee, it’s The Storyville All Stars.  If you’ve seen Havana Swing or the east Coast Jazz band, then you’ll recognise some of the members of this fine band.  It’s their first visit to our club and we’re sure that you’ll have a great night with a variety of jazz styles to dance and listen to.

THE VIEUX CARRÉ JAZZMEN on Friday 1st September

It’s a welcome return visit – back by popular demand – for the Vieux Carré Jazzmen from Tyneside, who got a great reception when they were in Edinburgh last year.  They play the popular music of the 1920s and 30s and are always in demand for festivals, parties, christenings, barbecues, marches, rallies and balls!

HAMISH McGREGOR’S SWING SIX on Friday 22nd September

It’s the annual Jazz ‘n’ Jive Club Anniversary Party and this year, we’re delighted that Hamish McGregor’s Swing Six with be playing for us.  They had a great session at the Club in April so this is another chance to hear one of Edinburgh’s favourite jazzmen with a night of fantastic swinging up-tempo music – definitely a night to hear Hamish on reeds and to get your dancing shoes on.  He might even be persuaded to give us a bit of the jump jive sounds that we remember from Fat Sam’s Band!  And there will be a finger buffet, so there’s no excuse not to join us!

Our local bands fill out the quarterly programme as usual.  They keep the club alive with their constant support and you will find details of when you can see Jim Petrie’s Diplomats of Jazz, Graham Blamire’s Maid of the Forth Stompers +2, Bill Salmond’s Hot Four, Violet Milne’s Spirits of Rhythm, Ian Boyter’s Joys of Swing, Jerry Forde’s New Phoenix Jazz Band – and  last but not least, Fred Murray’s Clubhouse Six – on our What’s On page.

VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME –  You don’t need to book or buy tickets in advance, apart from the two Jazz festival weeks.  Just come along with a smile on your face and you’ll be made very welcome.  If you’re feeling energetic, you can trip the light fantastic and dance the night away.  If you’re feeling down and blue, just listen to the music and brighten up your spirits.  We have a licensed bar (at Club prices) if you need some additional refreshment!  Please spread the word and keep traditional jazz live in Edinburgh.