Edinburgh’s famous Jazz Bar celebrated its 10th Birthday in 2015 by recording live a whole week’s gigs – totalling 24 bands – to produce this commemorative double album. In spites of the venue’s name, the 7-nights-a-week, year-round programme has gradually evolved over the years into a mix of around one third jazz, one third acoustic/roots/blues, and one third funk. The tracks on these CDs reflect this multi-genre music policy, CD 1 containing 10 jazz tracks, and CD 2 with 7 acoustic and 7 funk tracks.
These were all recorded live in the venure over seven consecutive days in September 2015 (which was just a ‘typical Jazz Bar week’!), the package also containing a comprehensive 20-page booklet describing the venue’s history, achievements, awards and music development, plus photos and details of the 24 bands – all of whom are regular performers in the venue.
The music rnages from the Jazz Bar 17-piece Big Band through Jazz Duos, Trio and Quintets, Acoustic solo Singer/Songwriters, 4 to 7 piece Blues/Funk bands with horn sections, right up to the 25-piece ‘Tinderbox’ Youth Orchestra. This is an amazing record of a unique venue that has become a major player on the Scottish, UK and International music scene.