Edinburgh Jazz Club News Desk


Jim Callander: Those of you who are regulars at the Club will be aware that, after a short illness, Jim passed away on February 22, 2018. Jim was a stalwart member of the Edinburgh Jazz ‘n’ Jive Club and had served as both treasurer and programme organiser for several years. On the wider jazz scene, he had been associated with the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival since 1980, was a member of the Stirling Jazz Record Society and a regular at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party. So, it is with much sadness that I find myself, once again, taking over the programming duties.

Guest Bands
There are two guest bands booked during the quarter both being regular performers at the club and demonstrating very different styles.

Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra Ken will give us a night of jazz associated with the classic performers of the 1920s and 30s – Bix, Louis, Jelly Roll, Basie, Ellington, King Oliver and many more. Ever mindful of Club members’ joy of dancing, the evening’s playlist will reflect this.

Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band: New Orleans standards, blues, old pop songs and maybe even a bit of C&W will be the order of the day with Martin’s band. One thing that you can be sure of is that it will be a swinging night with lots of good jazz.

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 – just come along with a smile on your face and join us.  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.