The dates listed below are for one- off or ticketed shows: see below section for free residencies. Gigs are listed by date, then by city. Performances will be listed. provided that details reach our offices at least eight days before publication. Jazz listings compiled by Abigail Bremner.
I Eddie Walker New Dawn Folk Club, Riverside Club, Fox Street, 445 6271. 8.15pm. £5 (£3). Original folk-blues from this singer and exceptional Ragtime guitarist.
I Opus De Jazz Eden, Picardy Place, 478 7434. 8pm. £3; free before 10pm. A new club night, featuring mellowjazz vinyl from the Impulse, Blue Note and Stax vaults courtesy of DJ Tinku (Midnight Blue), plus live soul sounds from Nicola King (Basic Collective).
I Benn Clatworthy Edinburgh Thistle Hotel, Leith Street, 556 0111. 8.30pm. £5 (£4). It’s only the second visit to Edinburgh for this sax player, who was a pupil of Ronnie Scott’s and has played with many of the greats since moving to America. Expect to hear Monk and Latin— influenced numbers, as well as a few self-penned compositions.
I Rain Forest Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). In a bit of an exit from the Jazz Joint’s usual music policy, the doors have been opened to this five-piece rootsy reggae outfit. The man behind the decks is Unkle Fawaz.
I Rostov-On-Don Jazz School Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. 2pm. £3. A showcase for pupils at the world’s only
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I dlasgow Jazz Record Club Unitarian Church Centre, 72 Berkeley Street, 221 3154. 7.30pm. ‘Hoagy Songbook’. Further details from Ernie Speirs, 14 Glendee Road, Renfrew, PA4 OAD. 0141 886 2949.
I Roy Williams & John Barnes Partick Burgh Main Hall, 9 Burgh Hall Street, 632 7911. 8pm. £10 (£8). '1\vo of the great names of British jazz, Roy Williams, trombone and John Barnes, baritone sax are accompanied by the Dave Milligan Trio.
I The Chris Barber Band Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8.30pm. £15—£20 (£10 standby only). Modern trad jazz as well as classics from the SOS and 605 as this outfit cover all bases, from New Orleans to blues and swing.
I Basic Collective Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm-3am. £5. Edinburgh diva Nicky King provides the vocals to the Basic Collective’s mellow soul-jazz sound. Other band members are Aqua Bassino, Stevie Christie, Willy Mollason and Sly Si. Sly Si keeps himself busy by manning the decks too.
I Midnight Blue Cafe Grafﬁti, East London Street, 557 8003. 10pm-2am. £5. A ’Sister Soul’ night featuring the vocal talents of Nicky King, Cathie Rae and Subie Coleman, with accompaniment from the Midnight Blue Band. Stuart, of the Thelonius DJs, mans the decks.
I Yumbambe MacRobert, University of Stirling, 01786 461081. 10.30pm. £6 (£3). An impressively young and talented line-up, including the ubiquitous Paul Harrison, make up this full-on Latino jazz collective, featuring horn and percussion sections.
SATURDAY 4 Edinburgh I Push Big Beat, Cafe Graffiti, East London Street, 557 8003. 9.30pm-2am. £7 (£6). Funky dancefloor jazz courtesy of these Big Beat favourites, who have shared a stage with the likes of Weldon Irvine and Maceo Parker. DJ support comes from the Thelonious DJ team of Simon and Stuart. I Swirler Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. lOpm-3am. £5. Jazz meetz street beatz in Kevin McKenzie’s latest project, which also features Gina Rae of The Lanterns on vocals and Phil and Tom Bancroft on sax and drums. DJ action comes from Andy B.
I Hung Drawn Quartet RGI Kelly Gallery, 118 Douglas Street, 248 6386. 2pm. Free. The second of three recitals to accompany painter HamishMaeDonald’s show of landscapes at the gallery, features the clever arrangements and inventive soloing of this Glasgow-based saxophone quartet.
I Sanskrit Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10—11pm. £4 (£3). Another new addition to the Jazz Joint’s roster, featuring a lights/visuals/DJs/live performance-type fusion in a dub, roots and drum ’n’ bass style. Enjoy.
MONDAY 6 Edinburgh I Altered Beatz Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm-3am. £4 (£3). Electronic break-beat jazz from Green Juice, featuring Martin Kershaw, Willy Mollason and Sly Si, plus rapper Frosty J, who ﬁll alternate week slots at this jazz meets drum ’n’ bass night - DJ Input mans the decks.
I Nigel Clark 8: The Hot Club Tron Theatre Restaurant, 63 Trongate, 287 5511. 9pm. £17.95 including a two- course meal (5/£3.50 for limited availability standing tickets). Clark gets the chance to showcase his guitar-playing skills to swinging effect in the context of a Django Reinhardt-styled selection, fused with soloing and improvisation. Part of Basement Jazz’s ‘Jazz Dinners’ series - dinner is available from 7pm.
I HQ Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm-3am. £4. A slightly reformed night to replace The Dynamic Duo Show after the loss of Plus One to The Scratch Perverts, featuring Extra and Kimo Cutz on the decks and the Scotland Yard collective providing rapping and rhythm.
WEDNESDAY 8 Glasgow
I Lol Coxhill 8: Pat Thomas 13th Note Cafe, King Street, 553 1638. 9.15pm. £4. A welcome return for saxophonist Coxhill, one of the doyens of the UK free improvisation and experimental music scene, and his duo partner Thomas. The unusual support features two versatile bass players, Bill Wells and Lindsay Cooper.
I Jazz Singers' Night Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). Hosted on fortnightly rotation by Cathie Rae and Subie Coleman, this night sees both established singers and newcomers take to the stage. Frosty J is on decks duty.
THURSDAY 9 Edinburgh I Havoc Wilkie House, 207 Cowgate, 225 5583. 10pm—2am. £4 (£3). It’s the Funkallennium party with numerous party pieces from the likes of jazzy Elemental and funky Papa Kane. DJ Andy provides classic funkdiscs. I Martin Kershaw Quartet Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). Berklee graduate Kershaw, a master of both alto-saxophone and the enigmatically termed electronic wind synthesiser, plays original compositions, accompanied by Paddy Flaherty on drums, Mario Caribe on bass and the ubiquitous Paul Harrison on keys. Unkle Fawaz is the decknition for the evening.
FRIDAY 10 Glasgow I Glasgow Jazz Record Club Unitarian Church Centre, 72 Berkeley Street, 221 3154. 7.30pm. ‘Chet Baker and Lee Morgan’ with Ian Taylor. Further details from Ernie Speirs, 14 Glendee Road, Renfrew, PA4 OAD. 0141 886 2949.
I Midnight Blue Cafe Grafﬁti, East London Street, 557 8003. 10pm-2am. £5. Another night of hot Latin action
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from the Midnight Blue Band, who are joined by Salsa Celtica’s El Pulpo (which my Collins Spanish dictionary tells me means ‘the octopus’) on congas. Spinning those vinyl discs is DJ Demus.
I High Heel Sneakers Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm—3am. £5. This six-piece dip into the Blue Note vault for a selection of funk and groove numbers. DJ Sly Si is back at the decks again.
I Rhumba Caliente Bongo Club, 14 New Street, 558 7604. 10.30pm—3am. £4-£6. Ajoint effort between members of Salsa Celtica and Sonora La Calle, Rhumba Caliente specialise in Cuban rhumba and son. Being Club Latino, there will also be all the usual activities - dance classes, food and DJ action from Simon Hodge.
SATURDAY 11 Edinburgh
I El Cometa Lizzard Lounge, Cafe Graffiti, East London Street, 556 8003. 9.30pm—2am. £7 (£6). Hot Latin rhythms and Nu-Yorican soul vibes from this top local collective, who become the latest in a long line to pay their final tribute to Lizzard Lounge before Cafe Graffiti closes at the end of the month. DJ support comes from Joseph Malik and Dolphin Boy.
I Colin Steele's Melting Pot Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm—3am. £5. Groove, soul and funk, in fact all things danceﬂoorjazz-related from this new six-piece, fronted by trumpeter Steele, who also plays a leading role in Midnight Blue’s resident soul-jazz band. DJ Andy B provides the decks effects.
I Dana Dixon Blues Band Wynd Theatre, Buccleuch Street, 01896 823854. 8.30pm. £8 (£5). The outfit behind popular album Boogie Woman, which also features Lou Martin on keyboards.
I Attic Jazz Trio RGI Kelly Gallery, 118 Douglas Street, 248 6386. 2pm. Free. This trio conclude the recitals accompanying the exhibition (see Sun 5).
I Diskographers Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). A selection of soulful dance discs from the resident DJ trio of Porridge Fudge, Big L and Unkle Fawaz, plus live vocal antics from Alice McLaughlin.
I Altered Beatz Jazz Joint, 8 Morrison Street, 221 1288. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). On fortnightly rotation at this jazz meets drum ’n’ bass night are Paul Harrison’s three-piece, Rare Faction, featuring Stuart Brown on drum machines and Martin Kershaw on the horns. DJ Input takes charge of the vinyl selection.