BRIDGE MUSIC - BRINGING GREAT JAZZ TO EDINBURGH & GLASGOW
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 musician and jazz organiser Bill Kyle. Take a look at the 'Previous Gigs' gigs listed here, to see what this organisation has done for jazz in Scotland.
Bridge Music's programme depends on external Arts financial assistance, and initial funding from the Scottish Arts Council enabled the first Edinburgh/Glasgow weekly series to run in 2010/11, with a total of 71 events in both cities. The next few series, June 2012 to April 2013, May 2013 to January 2014, and Feb 2014 to June 2015, featured a massive range of Scottish-based, UK-based and International touring ensembles, playing weekly in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, mostly made possible by funding from Creative Scotland.
This successful, incredibly valuable activity ceased after June 2015 as a further application for funding to continue the series was turned down by Creative Scotland. Although the funding ran out in March of that year, Bridge Music continued to promote non-funded, audience-supported events at both Glasgow and Edinburgh weekly venues, for the 3 months of April to June 2015. Since then, the organisation has been essentially dormant from mid 2015 - mid 2016, as the motivation to reapply for further CS funding was somewhat lacking.
HOWEVER - FROM OCTOBER 2016, WE'RE BACK!
Here is news of a new Glasgow jazz venue - SWING - with a twice-weekly gig promoted by Bridge Music (without Creative Scotland funding!). This will run as a pilot series, Tuesdays and Fridays, through October and November, and if this attracts audience support, this may prompt Bridge Music to submit a full Creative Scotland funding application this year. That action, if successful, would enable a much wider range of International and UK touring bands to be presented, later in 2017.
SEE THE PROGRAMME PAGES FOR BAND AND GIG DETAILS -
WE ARE KICKING OFF WITH A GREAT INTERNATIONAL DOUBLE GIG
at Swing, on Friday 7 and Sunday 9 October!
PLEASE SUPPORT THOSE WEEKLY GIGS!
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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 with several gigs 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 five other major awards over the last 6 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 8.30pm, ending 11.30pm approx.
Email: info (at) thejazzbar (dot) co (dot) uk
SWING, 183 Hope Street, G2 2UL
Phone 0141 332 2147
(Tables can be reserved!)
An intimate, basement live music venue with stage, PA, lights, tables.chairs seating and full bar service, a great venue for live jazz!
Major thanks go to Creative Scotland for making some past events possible!
Contact Bridge Music: info (at) bridgejazz (dot) co (dot) uk