After the stop / start period in December to February, the club finally has managed to get back to some sort of normality in February and March. Attendances have been good and the Club has been well supported by the young, swing dancers.
The April to June quarter mainly showcases the abundance of jazz talent that there is in Auld Reekie. The Jazz Scene in Edinburgh seems to have gone full circle, with the emergence of fairly young jazz musos, reminiscent of the scene back in the late 1940s and 1950s. Come along some Friday evening and see for yourself.
Below are a few notes on the bands that are booked to appear over the next three months
The Joys Of Swing: a regular at the Club and very popular with both dancers and listener. You’re sure to be entertained with this swinging outfit and regaled with a great play list
Ali Affleck’s Auld Town Stompers: led by vocalist Ali Affleck, this band was due to make its Club debut in January but the gig was cancelled due to the pandemic. Hopefully, nothing will stop Ali’s band this time. You’ll be on a musical tour of jazz and blues stopping off at Tin Pan Alley on the way. One thing is certain – it’ll be a great night for dancing and listening with Ali performing with gusto.
Spirits of Rhythm: In February, the Spirits played a great session at the Club in its usual laid back New Orleans style. The front line has been augmented by Paddy Darley on trombone. Paddy, of course, is the leader of the Tenement Jazz Band
Bill Jones Renaissance Swing Band: Bill’s band is a who’s who of Scottish Jazz -Colin Steele, Bill Jones, Martin Foster, Campbell Normand, Roy Percy and Jim Drummond Be prepared for some red-hot swing and don’t forget your dancing shoes
Ali Affleck’s Gin MIll Genies Ali will entertain you with blues and early jazz offerings backed by a band of stellar musicians
Greyfriars Society Orchestra: The GSO debuted at the Club in March and delighted a large audience with an eclectic mix of numbers. With 3 of the Tenement Jazz band in its ranks it couldn’t fail. Don’t miss this gig
Daly’s Rhythm Kings: always a welcome visitor at the Club. Mike’s band never fails to impress. A breath of fresh air from the West featuring some of the West’s finest jazz musicians.
Bechet Nouveau: Dick’s salute to the great Sidney Bechet will get your feet tapping and force you on to the dance floor. You can be sure of some wonderful music played by top class musicians.
Tenement Jazz Band; the TJB is making a name for itself, not just in Scotland but throughout the UK at clubs and festivals. If you haven’t heard this band you have missed a treat.
Jerry Forde’s New Phoenix Jazz Band: Jerry’s band has been a regular at the Club for some time. It started as a six piece but has now grown by a further two members. The ‘New Phoenix’ is popular with both listeners and dancers.