SJA at EJBF – The Living Jazz Continuum

Presented in collaboration with the Scottish Jazz Archive, The Living Jazz Continuum is packed full of musical memories. Join Graham Blamire, Norrie Thomson and a host of Scotland’s traditional jazz players for a musical walk down memory lane. Lennie Herd, Ian Boyter, Stephen Feast, Martin Kershaw, John Burgess, Martin Foster, Mike Daly, Colin Steele and Paddy Darley mix and match into three different bands playing different sets. They are joined

Bill Kemp

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of the North East of Scotland’s most celebrated musicians, drummer Bill Kemp, at the age of 80. Neil Drysdale has written a fitting tribute to Bill’s place in the hearts of the Scottish jazz community for The Press & Journal.

Traditional and mainstream jazz bands in and around Edinburgh

SJA Board Member Graham Blamire has put a considerable amount of ink to paper in producing an excellent outline of traditional jazz and mainstream in and around Edinburgh. 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)

Our friends at Playtime

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

Three more socially distanced 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.

New interviews added

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.

Scottish Jazz Archive – Teaser Film

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!

Dundee Calling

In response to our Scotland-wide request for materials relating to jazz ephemera, these just in from Dundee:

A CALL OUT TO THE SCOTTISH JAZZ COMMUNITY

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

New Interviews Added

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.

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

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