Scottish Jazz Archive

Scottish Jazz Archive SJA aims to uncover the story of jazz in Scotland through collecting interviews, images, text and au

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17/08/2021
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We've refreshed our website and added some new features. Stop by for a browse.

Welcome to the Scottish Jazz Archive (SJA) website. The SJA is dedicated to preserving and promoting Scotland’s rich history and heritage of jazz music. You can find out more about the archive’s aims, objectives, and history on our about page and read the news relating to the archive and Scottis...

Photos from Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival's post
20/06/2021

Photos from Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival's post

01/05/2021

We've created a new section under histories to include memoirs and personal reminiscences. If you have stories about jazz in Scotland, whether from musician or fan's perspective, we'd welcome a written account at [email protected]

Our esteemed colleague on the SJA Board of Trustees, Graham Blamire, has burned the midnight oil in preparing an overvie...
12/02/2021

Our esteemed colleague on the SJA Board of Trustees, Graham Blamire, has burned the midnight oil in preparing an overview of traditional jazz in Edinburgh since the 1940s.

It can be accessed here: http://scottishjazzarchive.org/history/

Pictured below in a photograph taken in the mid to late '40s are: Drew Bruce (clt), Bob Fairley (tpt), unknown (drms), Bob Craig (tbn), Bill McGregor (bjo), Chris ‘Ma’ Bruce (pno)

Our esteemed colleague on the SJA Board of Trustees, Graham Blamire, has burned the midnight oil in preparing an overview of traditional jazz in Edinburgh since the 1940s.

It can be accessed here: http://scottishjazzarchive.org/history/

Pictured below in a photograph taken in the mid to late '40s are: Drew Bruce (clt), Bob Fairley (tpt), unknown (drms), Bob Craig (tbn), Bill McGregor (bjo), Chris ‘Ma’ Bruce (pno)

22/01/2021
Interviews – Scottish Jazz Archive

New interviews now live. During these frustrating times we've continued our best efforts to make lemonade out of lemons by gathering more stories over the Internet from key figures in Scottish jazz. This time we present Rob Adams, Graham Stark and Hamish McGregor.

Grand viewing for a socially distanced night in.

Studio interviews Below is a selection of filmed interviews with grandees of the Scottish jazz scene. Click on individual names for unique and wonderfully vivid stories about the foundations of Scotland’s jazz community that underpin the SJA collections. Charles ‘Dizzie’ JacksonFionna DuncanAl...

03/11/2020
New interviews added – Scottish Jazz Archive

We've added four new interviews with Martin Taylor MBE, Lennie Herd, Alan Wallace and Stewart Forbes sharing stories of their illustrious careers at the link below.

admin Uncategorized 0 Comments We’ve added four new interviews conducted online during these times of social distancing. We were joined by Martin Taylor MBE, Lennie Herd, Alan Wallace and Stewart Forbes for reminiscences of their illustrious careers.

We've made a half-hour teaser of some highlights from the oral history interviews that we've been producing. See it here...
29/07/2020
Scottish Jazz Archive Teaser

We've made a half-hour teaser of some highlights from the oral history interviews that we've been producing. See it here:

A half-hour teaser featuring clips from the growing number of oral history interviews being produced for the Scottish Jazz Archive featuring pioneers of Scot...

09/04/2020
Interviews – Scottish Jazz Archive

A CALL OUT TO THE SCOTTISH JAZZ COMMUNITY

We've been busy interviewing a number of musicians central to the building of Scotland's jazz scene talking about their careers and the people and places that featured in them. You can watch them here:

http://scottishjazzarchive.org/interviews/

We're now keen to illustrate and contextualise these interviews with any memorabilia that you might have in the attic, the cellar or under your bed. Below is a list of local musicians mentioned across the interviews and we're looking for photographs, press cuttings, audio recordings or anything else that might be relevant to those included. If you have anything that you'd be prepared to share with us please include them or a link to where we can download (Dropbox, Wetransfer etc) to:

[email protected]

To help us in our cataloguing, please include name of individual to which materials pertain in the file name. In the event that you don't have digital versions, please write to us at the above email address and we'll happily arrange to have materials digitised once we all emerge from social distancing. The below list is alphabetised by first name. We thank you in advance.

Al Fairweather
Alan Anderson
Alec Welsh
Alex Shaw
Ali Affleck
Andrew Lauder
Andy Hampton
Archie Semple
Archie Sinclair
Art School Jazz Band
Bert Murray
Beverley Knight
Bill Salmond
Bill Brydon
Bill Jones
Bill Kyle
Bill Munro
Bob Busby
Bob Craig
Bob Crenshaw
Bob Harley
Bobby Wishart
Brian Keddie
Brian Kellock
Brian Shiels
Cam Robbie
Charles Alexander
Charlie Malley
Charlie McNair
Charlie Welch and Old Bailey Band
Chris Cooke
Cliff Strachan
Climax Jazz Band
Clyde Valley Stompers
Criterion Marching Band
Dave Bachelor
Dave Keir
Dave Milligan
Dave Paxton
Dave Pinardi
Dave Strutt
Dave Swanson
David Hendry
David O'Donald
Davie Millen
Dean Kerr's Dixielanders
Dick Stroak
Dizzie Jackson
Dizzy Jackson
Dougie Campbell
Dr McJazz
Esquire Jazz Band
Evan King
Fat Sam's Band
Finlay Milne
Fionna Duncan
Forrie Cairns
Francis Cowan
Fraser Gauld
Fred Murray
George Crockett
George Duncan
George Gilmour
George Howden
George Kidd
George Penman
Gerard Dott
Gerry Rossi
Gordon Cruikshank
Gordon Dillon
Gordon Faultless
Gordon Fyfe
Graeme Robertson
Graham Blamire
Graham Murray
Graham Stark
Gus McKay
Hamish McGregor
Howard Copeland
Hugh Muldoon
Ian Anderson
Ian Benson
Ian Croal
Ivan Henderson
Jack Duff
Jack Finlay
Jack Graham
Jack St Clair
Jack Weddell
Jackie Graham
Jackie MacFarlane
Jake McMahon
Jazz Centre Society
Jim Young
Jimmy Galloway
Jimmy Garrison
Jimmy Gavin
Jimmy MacIntire
Jimmy Moonie
Jimmy Pennel
Jimmy Wood
Jock Miller
Jock Westwater
John Arthur
John Cu***ng
John Davis
John Rae
John Russell
John Semple
John Stevens
Johnnie Harper
Johnny McGuff
Julian Arguilles
Ken Ramage
Kenny Ellis
Ken Mathieson
Kenny Stewart
Kevin MacKenzie
Kit Carey
Konrad Wiszniewski
Lachlan McColl
Lorne Cowieson
Luca Manning
Maggie Nichols
Malcy Ross
Mark Saskins
Mervyn Morrison
Michael Buckley
Mike Hart
Mike Pollett
Mike Travis
New Society Syncopators
Nikki King
Norrie Anderson
Norrie Henderson
Norrie Thomson
Nova Scotia Jazz Band
Old Bailey band
Pat Smyth
Percy Penn (Pegg)
Pete Chilvers
Pete Kerr's Jazz Band
Pete Martin
Phil Bancroft
Phil Mason
Richard Michael
Ricky Steele
Robert Henderson
Robert Pettigrew
Robin Galloway
Robin Harper
Roger Hanley
Roger Spence
Ron Elder
Ronnie Dunn
Ronnie Rae Snr.
Roy Percy
Ryan Quigley
Sandy Brown
Simon Carlyle
Sophie Bancroft
Southside Jazz Band
Spirits Of Rhythm
Stan Greig
Stu Ritchie
Tenement Jazz Band
The Eastcoast Jazzmen
The Ness Rhythm Kings
Tom Finlay
Tom MacNiven
Tom Mercer
Tommy Smith

Below is a selection of filmed interviews with grandees of the Scottish jazz scene. Click on individual names for unique and wonderfully vivid stories about the foundations of Scotland’s jazz community that underpin the SJA collections. Charles ‘Dizzie’ JacksonFionna DuncanAlan SteadmanTom Low...

We've added six more interviews to the SJA website. Contributors joining our existing roll-call of Scottish jazz stalwar...
24/01/2020

We've added six more interviews to the SJA website. Contributors joining our existing roll-call of Scottish jazz stalwarts are Kenny Ellis, Jim Petrie, Freddie King, Dick Lee, Colin Steele and Bob Busby. The full roster can be accessed at www.scottishjazzarchive.org

We've added six more interviews to the SJA website. Contributors joining our existing roll-call of Scottish jazz stalwarts are Kenny Ellis, Jim Petrie, Freddie King, Dick Lee, Colin Steele and Bob Busby. The full roster can be accessed at www.scottishjazzarchive.org

Six new interviews with Scottish jazz musicians are now available to watch at www.scottishjazzarchive.org Visit the webs...
20/08/2019
Scottish Jazz Archive – Home – Scottish Jazz Archive

Six new interviews with Scottish jazz musicians are now available to watch at www.scottishjazzarchive.org

Visit the website to hear the stories of Kenny & Violet Milne, Andrew Lauder, Donald 'Chick' Murray, Graham Blamire, Norrie Thomson, and Lachlan MacColl.

Mike Hart CBE admin Uncategorized 0 Comments It was with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing on Tuesday, 11th December of Mike Hart (pictured, 2nd from left), founder of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. An appreciation is available from the Scotsman newspaper HERE. You can vie...

We've posted a selection of posters and tickets from bygone gigs in the capital city - when tickets cost you between 2/6...
07/12/2018

We've posted a selection of posters and tickets from bygone gigs in the capital city - when tickets cost you between 2/6 to 4/-.

www.scottishjazzarchive.org

We've posted a selection of posters and tickets from bygone gigs in the capital city - when tickets cost you between 2/6 to 4/-.

www.scottishjazzarchive.org

We invite you to browse the modest beginnings of the Scottish Jazz Archive Website where you can watch some specially fi...
13/11/2018
Scottish Jazz Archive – Home – Scottish Jazz Archive

We invite you to browse the modest beginnings of the Scottish Jazz Archive Website where you can watch some specially filmed interviews with national jazz luminaries, browse a limited selection of digitised artefacts from our growing collections, and stay up to date with developments as they happen. From this humble starting point we intend to build a resource that plots Scotlands jazz history from its early days to the present.

Our thanks to all that have given so freely of their time and effort so far: film makers/editors, interviewers/journalists, web and graphic designers, academics/researchers, collectors and supporters (too many to tag).

Selected Platform posters from the Phil Croal Collection admin History, Photography 0 Comments Below is a small selection of digitised assets made available to Scottish Jazz Archive by Phil Croal. These combined assets, comprising posters, programmes, fliers, photography and audio recordings, docume...

24/09/2018

Scottish Jazz Archive is now live on Facebook. Stay tuned for updates.

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