Bridge Music Ltd is a non-profit company based in Edinburgh. It exists to present modern jazz events featuring UK and International touring bands, and original music from Scottish-based jazz ensembles. Bridge Music was created in 2002, and is run by Edinburgh drummer and jazz organiser Bill Kyle. Take a look at the 'Previous Gigs' gigs listed after the Edinburgh and Glasgow current event pages, to see what this organisation has done for jazz in Scotland.
Bridge Music's programme depends on external financial assistance, and funding from the Scottish Arts Council enabled the first successful two-city Edinburgh/Glasgow weekly series to run in 2010/11, and in that period, Bridge Music staged a total of 71 well-supported jazz events in Edinburgh and Glasgow. This represented a MAJOR contribution to Arts in Scotland, as well as substantial employment and performance opportunities for musicians.
The series which ran from June 2012 to April 2013 was made possible by financial assistance from Creative Scotland. This series focused on providing performance opportunities which involved some aspect of development for local musicians. Bridge Music has always made a point of encouraging the artistic growth of musicians (mainly younger, but not necessarily!) and challenging them to present new, original music. This thread was the basis for that series, where musicians were not only asked to produce new work, but were also pushed into dealing with some of the business and promotion side of things. We offer MAJOR THANKS to Creative Scotland for supporting this valuable on-the-ground jazz action in Scotland!
There is now a strong prospect that Creative Scotland (in its newly reorganised form) may be offering assistance for a new series, to run May 13 to January 14. Stay tuned for news!
Meanwhile, please do what you can to attend some of these events, and enjoy (and support!) these truly excellent gigs!
Events are staged in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, typically (but check listings for occasional variations!), yusually on
Wednesdays in Edinburgh, and Thursdays in Glasgow. Edinburgh events are presented in the City's quadruple award-winning live music venue The Jazz Bar, and Glasgow events are run in the prestigious Glasgow Art Club.
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The Jazz Bar, 1a Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR
Phone 0131 220 4298
This multiple award-winning, unique, intimate, atmospheric seven-nights-a-week live music venue stages music several times a day, every day, every week, all year round. It was awarded "UK JAZZ VENUE OF THE YEAR" at the House of Commons Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2010, and has won three other major awards in the last 3 years. It is purpose-designed for the presentation of excellent live music (a lot more than just jazz!) and is an extremely popular venue, well respected for the consistently high level of its programming.
At these gigs, bands typically play two one-hour sets starting 9pm, ending 11.45pm approx.
Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street (at Blythswood St), Glasgow G2 4HU (at Blythswood Street)
Phone 0141 248 5210
Performances take place in the very attractive large Gallery at the rear of this historic building. This beautiful, wood-panelled room with high glass ceiling is laid out informally for the events, with cabaret-style tables and chairs, and there's a small bar just off. There is always an art exhibition on the walls too, have a look round! The acoustics are very warm, and we only use a very small amount of sound reinforcement to balance the overall group sound. Nice vibe! At these gigs, bands typically play two one-hour sets starting 8.15pm, ending 10.45pm approx.
Thanks to Creative Scotland for making these events possible!
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