Billy Allison (drums)

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

Charles Alexander (gtr)

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

Bruce Adams (tpt)

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.

Mike Hart CBE

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

From the vaults of the Edinburgh Jazz Archive

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.

Selected Platform posters from the Phil Croal Collection

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

SJA Launch – Jazz Stories, November 2017

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

Celebrating 40 Year of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

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