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

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