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, 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 two-city Edinburgh/Glasgow weekly series to run in 2010/11. In that period, Bridge Music staged a total of 71 jazz events in Edinburgh and Glasgow - a major contribution to Arts in Scotland, as well as substantial employment and performance opportunities for musicians.
The next series, June 2012 to April 2013, was made possible by financial assistance from the new Scottish Arts funding organisation Creative Scotland. This series focused on providing some aspect of development for Sottish-based 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 business and promotion elements. Thanks are due to
Creative Scotland for
supporting this valuable on-the-ground jazz action! Development activity also included Bridge Music organising private lessons for some local players, from visiting world-class jazz names.
After that 'Development' programme, another series ran from May 2013 to January 2014, thanks to further funding made available by Creative Scotland, jazz events continuing weekly in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and building audiences for these gigs in both cities. This funding represented another boost to the Scottish jazz scene, and created a lot of performance and employment for jazz musicians, both local and touring.
The current series (Feb 2014 - March 2015) stages two gigs a week (mainly Wednesdays in Edinburgh, Thursdays Glasgow) featuring a massive range of Scottish-based, UK-based and International touring ensembles, again thanks to funding from Creative Scotland.
Whether there will be any further Bridge Music jazz promotions after 31 March depends on a positive funding decision from Creative Scotland. Our application for programme funding from April 2015 was submitted on 9th January, and is currently in process with Creative Scotland. They state that applications can take "up to 12 weeks" to assess, and we are naturally hoping to be able to confirm future programme details very soon. As of 24 March, there has been no communication received from Creative Scotland.
Meanwhile, we have been working hard in the background to keep this going, and have a 'pencilled-in' provisional two-city programme of great music ready to announce. Of course, we cannot confirm any bands until we know what the funding position is. So, we are taking a two-week break over Easter, and are hoping that we will be able to commence with a new series from 15 April.
There will be no Bridge Music gigs on 1/2 or 8/9 April.
Please do what you can to attend (support) some of these events, spread the word that there's great jazz happening every week!
Bridge Music events are staged typically on Wednesdays in Edinburgh, and Thursdays in Glasgow - but check the 'Programme' listings which may list occasional variations to accommodate bands' touring schedules. Edinburgh events are presented in the City's quintuple 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 3 or 4 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.
Email: info (at) thejazzbar (dot) co (dot) uk
Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street (at Blythswood St), Glasgow G2 4HU
Phone 0141 248 5210
These are staged in the main Gallery space, with its wonderful baronial style wall panelling and large wooden carved fireplaces at each end. There are plenty of cabaret-style tables and chairs around the room (and some comfy leather sofas!), and there's a small bar just off. There is always an art exhibition on the walls too, by both GAC Members and visiting/guest artists. Tour the room during the break, and have a good look round - most is for sale! The acoustics are very warm in this magnificent room, and we only use a very small amount of PA 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.
Major thanks go to Creative Scotland for making these events possible!
Contact Bridge Music: info (at) bridgejazz (dot) co (dot) uk