One of Edinburgh’s established jazz venues, The Lot, is to close at the end of January. A statement on their web site says:

The charity trustees of The LOT (Edinburgh) are sad to announce that the venue and bistro at 4-6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh will close at the end of January, with the loss of the associated jobs….

…The charity took over the operation of The LOT venue and bistro in January 2010. During that time The LOT has hosted Ceilidh Club, Magpie Market, Buskers’ Brunch and Corner Sessions. It has also staged numerous art exhibitions, gigs and workshops and is well-known in the city as a venue for the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is proud to have been a host venue for the first ever International Magic Festival in 2010.

The charity trustees told staff at a meeting on 7 December that it had become clear that in its current form The LOT is not viable. The charity will be relinquishing its lease of 4-6 Grassmarket at the end of February.

Ann Nelson, Chair of the Board explained: ”We believe there is a place for a charity like The LOT (Edinburgh) in the cultural scene in Edinburgh and beyond, but in the present climate not one operating from a building like 4-6 Grassmarket in the way we currently do.”

The venue and bistro will be operating normally until the end of January 2011.

We’d like to thank all our customers, supporters, staff and artists for their support over the past 6 years.

I was only there once, but it was a nice wee venue. I went to see what was billed as a Laura Macdonald Quartet, but in practice turned out to be a quartet led by the marvellous Venezuelan pianist Leo Blanco with Macdonald as his sax player. Blanco plays at Celtic Connections on January 17th and I strongly urge you to go to see him. He’s simply stunning.

More on the Lot closure in the Scotsman.