“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.”
WHIGHAMS JAZZ CLUB – EVERY SUNDAY from 7:30pm – 10:30pm
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.