Here are some of the jazz events which caught my eye during the second week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (up until Sunday 21st).
Out of Abingdon. The Jazz Bar, various times. £5.
That’s Abingdon Queensland, not Abingdon Oxfordshire. Australian guitar, bass and vocals duo.
Euan Burton International Quintet. The Jazz Bar, 10pm. £8.
Bassist Burton with a very fine line-up: James Maddren (drums), Mark McKnight (guitar) and Will Vinson (alto), plus pianist Bryn Roberts, who’s a new name to me.
Melanie O’Reilly. 150@EICC, Morrison Street, 9pm. £14.
Melanie O’Reilly used to be a regular fixture on the Scottish jazz scene, but hasn’t been seen here much since she moved to California. She’ll be singing material associated with Anita O’Day.
Lillian Boutté. The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane. Times vary. £15.
Veteran New Orleans jazz and blues singer.
Colin Steele – Martin Kershaw Quintet: Mercy Mercy Mercy. The Jazz Bar, 10pm. £10.
Some of Scotland’s best postbop players in a tribute to the Adderley Brothers: Colin Steele (trumpet), Martin Kershaw (alto), Steve Hamilton (piano), Brian Shiels (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums).
19 and 26 August.
Richard Michael. St Mark’s ArtSpace, Castle Terrace, 7.30pm. £8.
Pianist and educator Richard Michael doing his “History of Jazz Piano” show. To describe this as an illustrated lecture would be to sell it short: it’s great fun as well as being highly informative.
Melting Pot. The Jazz Bar, midnight. £10.
Funky bluesy jazz to dance to from a seven piece band led by trumpeter Colin Steele and singer Subie Coleman.
Todd Gordon. Queen’s Hall. 7pm, £16.
Todd Gordon sings songs associated with Tony Bennett.
Valery Ponomarev Quintet. The Jazz Bar. Midnight, £10.
Russian-born hard bop trumpeter who played in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers for four years. Note that there’s no show on Friday 26.
Fuller details of all these gigs, plus other jazz at the Fringe, can be found on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website. And don’t forget that the Orkney Brewery Jazz series at the Guildford Bar, and Louis Durra’s lunchtime residency at the Jazz Bar are still running.
Here are Out of Abingdon (and some waiting staff)