SJA Board Member Graham Blamire has put a considerable amount of ink to paper in producing an excellent outline of traditional jazz in Edinburgh since 1945. Click HERE to read In the picture, taken in the mid to late 1940s: Drew Bruce (clt), Bob Fairley (tpt), unknown (drms), Bob Craig (tbn), Bill McGregor (bjo), Chris ‘Ma’ Bruce (pno)
Playtime: New Adventures in Music has continued its programming of live, socially distanced concerts during the Covid pandemic and have produced a series of online interviews with local and international artists that have joined the house quartet each week. These can be accessed at https://www.playtime-music.com/interval-interviews
We’re delighted to have had the opportunity in these toughest of times to speak to Rob Adams, Graham Stark and Hamish McGregor who have regaled us with their jazz reminiscences. Head over to the ‘interviews’ tab to take a look.
We’ve added four new interviews conducted online during these times of social distancing. We were joined by Martin Taylor MBE, Lennie Herd, Alan Wallace and Stewart Forbes for reminiscences of their illustrious careers.
An appreciation of the remarkable seven-decade contribution to Scotland’s traditional jazz scene by Graham Blamire. Jim Petrie – An appreciation
We recently prepared a teaser video featuring clips from a selection of our growing body of oral history interviews for screening at this year’s Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Full interviews can be accessed via the ‘Interviews’ tab on this site. We hope you enjoy!
In response to our Scotland-wide request for materials relating to jazz ephemera, these just in from Dundee:
We’ve been busy interviewing a number of musicians central to the building of Scotland’s jazz scene talking about their careers and the people and places that featured in them. You can browse them by clicking on the ‘interviews’ tab on the main menu. We’re now keen to illustrate and contextualise these interviews with any memorabilia that you might have in the attic, the cellar or under your bed. Below is
We’ve added six more interviews filmed for SJA to the site. Contributors joining our existing roll-call of Scottish jazz stalwarts are Kenny Ellis, Jim Petrie, Freddie King, Dick Lee, Colin Steele and Bob Busby. The full roster can be accessed via the ‘interviews’ tab in the main menu.
Learned pipe band drumming in Scouts aged 10 years and bought a drum kit after leaving Scouts. First gig was depping for Kenny Duff in the Jimmy Walker Quintet. In 1951 played on Sunday nights in India Buildings modern jazz club with Ronnie Carruthers and Alex Tait. Nat service in RAF 1952-54 when he played in camp trio in Germany. After return to Edinburgh, played with Tony Fusco band in Picardy Place dance hall
b 10/05/1946, Edinburgh Educated at George Watson’s Boys College, Edin. Started on ukele then guitar playing music of Duane Eddie and the Shadows. Recruited at school to play bass guitar in rock band then exposed to music of Django Reinhardt. Became involved with school group including Pete Martin and Lachlan MacColl and also with piano player Alan Anderson. Largely self taught but took lessons with Dougie Campbell. Played dance work with Duncan Lonie and
b Cheshire 3/07/51 Took up trumpet when only about 11 years old and began gigging in Glasgow to which his parents had moved in 1954. Was the winner of a TV talent show, Opportunity Knocks, at age 14. Much professional experience world wide. In Edinburgh, played briefly in Mike Hart’s Society Syncopators in 1980s as well as many gigs in EIJF.
It was with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing on Tuesday, 11th December of Mike Hart (pictured, 2nd from left), founder of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. An appreciation is available from the Scotsman newspaper HERE. You can view a brief history of Mike’s legacy, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival HERE Graham Blamire has written an appreciation of Mike’s contribution to jazz in Scotland which
Again courtesy of Edinburgh Jazz Archive, a selection of posters and tickets from gigs gone by in the capital city (when entry cost between 2/6 to 4/-).
Edinburgh Jazz Archive has been on the go for some 10 years in which time an intrepid group of enthusiasts has collected a treasure-trove of memorabilia detailing the capital city’s long and colourful relationship with jazz. Below is a small selection of photographs from the collection which is housed at City of Edinburgh Central Library on George IV Bridge.
Below is a small selection of digitised assets made available to Scottish Jazz Archive by Phil Croal. These combined assets, comprising posters, programmes, fliers, photography and audio recordings, document the years from 1973 during which Platform were active as promoters of jazz in Scotland. Click HERE to read an introduction to the activities of Platform currently being compiled by Graham Blamire (the full document is under preparation and will be
The intent to establish a Scottish Jazz Archive was publicly floated at an event, Jazz Stories from Scotland, cohosted by the National Library of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University in November, 2017. Introduced by Roger Spence (Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival), the event welcomed over 100 jazz musicians and fans from around the country and featured a performance by three generations of Scottish jazz musicians alongside presentations of archival photography
During July 2018, Scottish Jazz Archive presented an exhibition of memorabilia at Edinburgh City Library to mark the 40th anniversary of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Items on display included a full set of programmes dating back to the 1978 prototype festival edition alongside tee-shirts, badges, beer mats and coasters, and other related articles of interest.Click HERE to access a brief historical overview of the festival compiled by Haftor Medbøe