“Musically, Whighams has an exceptional reputation and in particular, it has been warmly applauded as a fantastic jazz venue across the land and a ‘go to’ destination for any visiting musician.”
PLEASE NOTE NEW JAZZ TIMINGS FROM OCTOBER
WHIGHAMS JAZZ CLUB – EVERY SUNDAY from 7pm – 10pm
BLUES TUESDAYS – THE FIRST & THIRD TUESDAYS OF EACH MONTH from 8:30pm – 11pm
JAZZ SINGERS EVENT – SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH from 8pm – 11pm
Our famed jazz club was started back in March 2009 by two friends – local jazz musician Kevin Dorrian and jazz enthusiast Graeme Knox, regularly welcoming a crowd that reaches well into three figures every week. It has become one of the leading weekly jazz club’s in the UK – continually attracting some of the biggest names in jazz from around Scotland, the rest of the UK and Internationally. We’ve featured a raft of styles from the ‘Golden Age’ jazz of the early 20th century, Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz, West Coast, Be-Bop and of course some fantastic re-workings of The Great American Songbook.
Promoting young ‘up and coming’ jazz instrumentalists and vocalists has also been at the heart of Whighams Jazz Club’s philosophy and that continues to this day. Indeed, no other ‘hostelry’ in Edinburgh can match Whighams for its ambience and atmosphere every Sunday when the jazz session takes place.
Whighams Jazz Club has played host to a cabal of great jazz names – world renowned acts such as vocalists Liane Carroll and Anita Wardell, guitarist Jim Mullen, pianist Brian Kellock, saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and trumpet supremo Colin Steele and ‘gypsy jazz’ quartet Rose Room are just about some of the UK’s finest musicians.
Throw into the mix the likes of Barbra Streisand’s pianist and musical director Tamir Hendelman and also pianist John Colianni who worked with greats like Mel Torme, Lionel Hampton and Les Paul, then you quickly understand why Whighams has earned its reputation as one of the most discerning venues for jazz in the UK.
Sunday night entertainment is equally matched on the first and third Tuesdays of every month by ‘Blues Tuesday’ – a host-led jam session which is based around Edinburgh and Scotland’s burgeoning blues scene, attracting some of the very best blues-inspired musicians to come and hone their craft with the hand-picked ‘house’ band. These sessions are run by renowned Edinburgh-based rock n’blues bassist Rod Kennard and regularly features the likes of local blues guitar hero Sandy Tweeddale.
Sandwiched in the week between each Blues Tuesday is Whighams regular jazz singers event. This run on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and is organised by local jazz vocalist Liz Dicks. Liz also looks after the jam session part of the Sunday evening Jazz Club events. The Tuesday events offers an opportunity for local singers – to come and join in a great evening of listening to local jazz singers with a piano and double bass duo – and maybe even take part as well!