About Edinburgh Jazz Club

Learn about the history of our jazz club

Edinburgh Jazz 'n' Jive Club was founded in 2000


The Edinburgh Jazz ‘n’ Jive Club was founded in September 2000 as a means of providing local bands with somewhere to play on a regular basis. The original idea was mooted by Violet Milne (leader of the Spirits of Rhythm) and Norrie Thomson. Until December 2006, the Club organised weekly sessions in the function suite of the Fairmile Inn. However, without any warning, the venue closed down and left the club ‘homeless’. What seemed to be a bit of a catastrophe turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

In late December 2006, Heriot’s Rugby Club offered the use of the clubhouse facilities at Goldenacre. The room used in the clubhouse is has good acoustics, a wooden dance floor, and comfortably seats up to 100 people. The room has a bar, run by the rugby club, and barrier-free access!

Organisational set-up

The aims of the Club are to promote the enjoyment of live Jazz in all its forms and providing a platform for local bands to play on a regular basis. The Club has gigs most Fridays throughout the year, running from 8:00pm until 11:00pm, featuring mostly local bands. Non-members are most welcome. In July, the Club hosts two events for the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

The Club is constituted as a non-profit-making membership organisation, run a by an elected committee. You can find online our Constitution and Operational Information, including a list of our current committee members and membership and event fees. If you’re a member and would like copies of our annual account or minutes of our annual general meeting, please email the Club’s Secretary.

We aim at creating an inclusive and respectful atmosphere for everyone. Please note our Code of Conduct, Dance Etiquette Note and Photography Notice.

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