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Edinburgh Jazz Roots: Mike Hart Memorial Concert image

Edinburgh Jazz Roots: Mike Hart Memorial Concert


Edinburgh Jazz Roots: Mike Hart Memorial Concert image

Mike Hart, Edinburgh Jazz Festival founder, and director for well over 20 years was a key player in virtually the entire history of the Edinburgh traditional jazz scene. The Festival exists because of his inspiration and hard work. We wanted to mark his passing by celebrating the music and musicians of traditional Edinburgh jazz, from the early 1950’s to today, and referencing the style that Mike brought to the early years of EJBF. Norrie Thomson, Graham Blamire, and Hamish McGregor, long time colleagues of Mike, have put together a special programme with will feature recreations of The Climax Jazz Band, The Society Syncopators and Scottish Jazz Advocates, Mike’s main bands as a musicians, but will also present many of the musicians who knew and worked with Mike, still active today, including Jim Petrie, Spirits of Rhythm, Kenny Milne, Bob Busby, Lennie Herd, Ian Boyter, Plus Hamish McGregor and Graham Blamire, of course!

Running Order and personnel


Introduction from Eric Milligan   


Climax Jazz Band 3.05-3.45pm 

Jim Petrie (cornet)

Jake McMahon (reeds)

Bob Busby (reeds)

Bev Knight (banjo)

Bill Bryden (bass)

Kenny Milne (drums)


Society Syncopators 3.45-4.25pm 

Mike Daly (trumpet)

Phil O'Malley (trombone)

Martin Foster (reeds)

Brian Kellock (piano)

Phil Adams (banjo, guitar)

Jerry Forde (bass)

Jack Wilson (drums)

Wendy Wetherby (vocal)


Interval             4.25-4.40pm



Spirits Of Rhythm 4.40-5.20pm

Dave Strutt (trumpet)

George Howden (trombone)

Ian Boyter (reeds)

Violet Milne (piano)

Brian Weld (banjo)

Fred Murray(bass)

Kenny Milne (drums)


Scottish Jazz Advocates 5.20-6.00pm

Lennie Herd (trumpet)

Dave Batchelor (trombone)

Hamish McGregor (reeds)

Campbell Normand (piano)

Ross Milligan (banjo)

Graham Blamire (bass)

Ken Mathieson (drums)

Fionna Duncan (vocal)



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