In November 2018, we held our first festival - the Jazz Nairn 'Festival of Jazz'. It was a great success with lots of requests for a follow up so maybe we’ll plan for another in 2020?

Learn more about our 2018 Jazz Nairn Festival of Jazz...

Festival 2018


Hamish McGregor Plays Ball, Barber and Bilk
Friday, 2nd Nov. at 7:30pm

Edinburgh clarinetist Hamish McGregor has been a long time fan of the three B's - Ball, Barber and Bilk. Now Hamish gets together with a superb lineup of Colin Steele (trumpet), Dave Batchelor (trombone), Ed Kelly (bass), Campbell Normand (piano), Eric Wales (banjo & guitar) and Alastair Morrow (drums) for a special programme, playing some of the 3 B's best loved tunes including - Midnight in Moscow, Samantha, King of the Swingers, Whistling Rufus, Petit Fleur, Bourbon Street Parade, Ice Cream, That's My Home, Aria and Stranger on the Shore.

Les Cameron and the East Coast Jazzmen
Saturday, 3rd Nov. at 1pm

Originally formed in 1959, the band won the Scottish Band Championship in 1960 and played alongside many of the era's big bands. Only two members remain of the original lineup but specially re-formed for the Festival and better than ever it has lost none of the enthusiasm for playing the best of Dixieland jazz.

Jazz4Youth Workshop
Saturday, 3th Nov. at 1pm

The workshops will cover composition, improvisation, jazz theory, chance to play in an ensemble and all under the tutorage of 3 internationally respected musicians. Learn more

Tina May and Nikki Iles
with Nigel Clark and Andrew Cleyndert
Saturday, 3rd Nov. at 7:30pm

'Tina May and Nikki Iles have a rapport that takes a partnership between singer and pianist to a stage beyond mere voice plus accompaniment. A distinct atmosphere surrounds everything they do together, a kind of wistfulness, even at the most lively moments.' (Dave Gelly)

Come and join them, sit back and let them take you on a jazz filled journey from Berlin to Paris to Broadway.

Jazz Collusion
Sunday, 4th Nov. at 1pm

Jazz standards with a fresh and vibrant approach. This is virtuoso violin and piano backed by dynamic drumming from a regular at Ronnie Scotts and supported by one of the jazz world's best bass players.

Adam Csenki, (violin), Matt Hodge (drums), Andy Hodge (piano) with Special Guest - Andrew Cleyndert (bass)

Rose Room
Sunday, 4th Nov. at 7:30pm

Closing the Festival for us are great foot tapping favourites ROSE ROOM, Scottish Jazz Awards finalists for 2018, Rose Room has become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre. Fronted by the fabulous voice and violin of Seonaid Aitken backed by master of the vintage bass Jimmy Moon and the very impressive guitar duo of Tom Watson and Tam Gallagher.

Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli their music is 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards, Gypsy Jazz favourites and self-penned originals.