PAST SHOWS

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

07.12.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

IRVING BERLIN TRIBUTE

A celebration of the legendary songwriter IRVING BERLIN, with Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (bass) joined by very special guest BRODIE JARVIE (bass). Expect evergreen classics like 'How Deep Is The Ocean', 'Say It Ain't So', 'Cheek to Cheek' and (possibly) the one wishing that all our Yuletides may be unpigmented (as of yore).

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY.
Thursday 7 December
8.00 start
Admission on the door just £9/7 concs.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

23.11.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

ROBERT HENDERSON

A unique musician, forever probing the boundaries of his art, the mercurial Robert Henderson (trumpet) joins Martin Kershaw (reeds), Tom Bancroft (drums) and special guest Armin Sturm (bass) for a night of cosmic musical explorations.

At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY
8pm start
Admission £9/7 concs on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

09.11.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, US

STANDARDS

An all-star band of Martin Kershaw (saxes), Tom Bancroft (drums) and special guests Phil O'Malley (trombone) and Andy Sharkey (bass) plunder the Great American Songbook for your pleasure. Some of the greatest tunes ever written, played by great musicians in a great venue. What's not to like?
Thursday 9 November at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY.
8pm start.
Admission just £9/7 concs on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

26.10.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

FRASER FIFIELD

Awesome pipes player and saxophonist Fraser Fifield comes to Playtime, joined by Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Expect wonderful melodies, fascinating musical interplay and soaring improvisation!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thursday 26 October. 8pm start. Admission £9/7 concs on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

12.10.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

ALAN BENZIEplays JEROME KERN

Without doubt one of the brightest talents on the scene, virtuosic pianist Alan Benzie joins Playtime stalwarts Martin Kershaw (reeds), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for a joyous tribute to the wonderful music of Jerome Kern. Expect such classics as 'All The Things You Are', 'The Song Is You', 'Yesterdays' and 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', played with passion, energy and that special Playtime twist! On Thursday 12 October at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY. 8pm start. Admission on the door £9/7.

"Benzie’s playing has a hushed yet yearning quality to it; an exquisite touch and elegant virtuosity make for a thoroughly engaging listen." Jazzwise

“Benzie has an orchestrator’s ear for detail in his compositions… His spontaneous creativity impressed even more as improvisations were developed with a clear sense of direction and sustained with inspired phrases" Rob Adams, The Herald

“Most impressive was piano prodigy Alan Benzie… Possessing impeccable technique, and musical imagination, Benzie confirmed his position as a prominent figure in Scotland’s contemporary scene." The Scotsman

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

28.09.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Tangential Excursions with CHRIS GREIVE

Further tangential excursions with Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Tom Bancroft (drums) and very special guest Chris Greive (trombone). A mind-bending odyssey to locations as yet unknown, plundering the musical omniverse and hurtling through the cosmos with frankly reckless abandon. It'll be a trip.

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY on Thursday 28 September. 8 pm start. Admission £9/7 concs on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

14.09.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

DOLPHIN BOY

After a triumphant Edinburgh Jazz Festival set, DJ Dolphin Boy returns to Playtime to mangle your minds, delight your ears and thrill your souls, with the help of Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums). At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY on Thursday 14 September. 8pm start. Admission on the door £9/7 concs. It'll be a trip!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

14.09.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

DJ DOLPHIN BOY

After a triumphant Edinburgh Jazz Festival set, DJ Dolphin Boy returns to Playtime to mangle your minds, delight your ears and thrill your souls, with the help of Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums). At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY on Thursday 14 September. 8pm start. Admission on the door £9/7 concs. It'll be a trip!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

08.08.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

STOP PRESS! A special bonus Festival Playtime on Tuesday 8 August, featuring the incredible BRIAN KELLOCK (piano) playing music by George Gershwin. He'll be joined by Martin Kershaw (saxes), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for a night of timeless melodies and wonderful improvisation. At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY. 8pm start. Admission £9/7concs on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

27.07.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

TOM GIBBS plays HORACE SILVER

Fabulous pianist TOM GIBBS makes a welcome return to Playtime - (remember his star turn on the Rachael Cohen gig a few months ago? wow!) - presenting a selection of classic tunes by the great HORACE SILVER. He'll be joined by Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for a night of wonderful melodies and captivating improvisation!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thursday 27 July. 8pm start. Admission £9/7 concs.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

29.06.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

MARTIN GREEN

Stop the press, hold the phone, clear the diary - MARTIN GREEN is coming to Playtime! That's right, the renowned LAU accordionist, composer and all-round superstar will be joined by Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for an unforgettable night of intergalactic musical awesomeness. Expect the unexpected - this will be incredible!

Where? The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY
When? Thursday 29 June.
What time? 8pm.

PLEASE NOTE:

Admission on the door is now£9/7concs - a £1 increase, but we feel it's still a great deal for this unique musical experience!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

15.06.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

PHIL BANCROFT: SONNY ROLLINS TRIBUTE

One legendary tenor saxophonist -Phil Bancroft- plays tribute to another -Sonny Rollins- in this special Playtime event! All the classics, including Doxy, Airegin, Tenor Madness, Oleo and The Freedom Suite, with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). It will be a great night - don't miss it!

On Thursday 15 June at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY.
8pm start.
Admission on the door still only £8/6 concs.
See you there!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

01.06.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

At last, the amazing saxophonist Adam Jackson comes to Playtime! What a night this will be, with a star-studded band including Pete Johnstone (piano), Euan Burton (bass), Doug Hough (drums) and Martin Kershaw (sax) joining Adam to play a mouth-watering selection of incredible, original music. Get there early! At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thursday 1 June. 8pm start. Admission on the door still only £8/6 concs. See you there!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

18.05.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK


DAVE MILLIGAN is a pianist and composer of incredible musicality, versatility and range. He'll be joined by Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for a night of bewitching melodies and thrilling improvisation.

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY. 8pm start.

Admission on the door only £8/6 concs.

See you there!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

04.05.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

BRIAN KELLOCK

The great Brian Kellock finally makes his Playtime debut! Without doubt one of the world's greatest jazz pianists, he will be joined by Martin Kershaw (sax), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for a night celebrating music popularised by Fred Astaire. Expect such classics as Cheek to Cheek, Fascinating Rhythm, I Concentrate on You, Puttin' on the Ritz and many others - all played with incredible virtuosity, energy and infectious good humour. At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY on Thursday 4 May (8pm start). Admission still only £8/6 concs. See you there!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

20.04.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

TANGENTIAL EXCURSIONS - ALBUM LAUNCH!

Many say we live in a 'post-truth' age - but when was 'truth', or 'pre-truth', and what? And what do we mean by 'truth' anyway? What do we mean by 'mean'? What do we mean by 'by'? Etc.? Playtime's legendary Tangential Excursions trio of Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums/assorted stationery) will attempt to present the answer in a special ALBUM LAUNCH gig at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY this Thursday (20 April) - 8pm start. Admission on the door £8/6 concs. Two continuous sets of pure improvisation - a thrilling journey to the far end of the musical megaverse! See you there!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

06.04.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

PAUL HARRISON

A welcome return to Playtime for an extraordinary talent. Paul Harrison has been a vital force at the very heart of the European scene for some time now - a pianist, composer and teacher of peerless ability and range. For this special concert he'll be joined by Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for a thrilling night of jazz classics and fascinating originals. Don't miss it! At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY on Thursday 6 April - 8pm start. Admission still only £8/6 on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

23.03.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

HERBIE HANCOCK TRIBUTE

A special tribute to the incredible music of legendary composer/performer HERBIE HANCOCK, featuring the fabulous PETE JOHNSTONE (piano), alongside Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). So many great tunes - don't miss it!
At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY on Thursday 23 March. 8pm start. Admission £8/6 concs on the door.
See you there!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

09.03.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

RACHAEL COHEN

Saxophonist and composer Rachael Cohen is without doubt one of the brightest stars of her generation. Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands, she won a scholarship in 2006 to study Jazz at The Birmingham Conservatoire with Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Mike Williams, Hans Koller, and the late Tony Levin.

2012 saw Rachael record her critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Halftime’ on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings, which catapulted Cohen’s reputation to one of the premier new voices of her generation in the UK’s jazz and improvised music scene. The album earned her a spot in MOJO magazines top ten Jazz albums of 2014.

For this very special concert she will be joined by Playtime regulars Martin Kershaw (saxes), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums), as well as the awesome pianist Tom Gibbs - making his long overdue Playtime debut!

An unmissable night of great music!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thursday 9 March (8 pm start). Admission £8 on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

09.03.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

RACHAEL COHEN

Saxophonist and composer Rachael Cohen is without doubt one of the brightest stars of her generation. Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands, she won a scholarship in 2006 to study Jazz at The Birmingham Conservatoire with Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Mike Williams, Hans Koller, and the late Tony Levin.

2012 saw Rachael record her critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Halftime’ on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings, which catapulted Cohen’s reputation to one of the premier new voices of her generation in the UK’s jazz and improvised music scene. The album earned her a spot in MOJO magazines top ten Jazz albums of 2014.

For this very special concert she will be joined by Playtime regulars Martin Kershaw (saxes), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums), as well as the awesome pianist Tom Gibbs - making his long overdue Playtime debut!

An unmissable night of great music!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thursday 9 March (8 pm start). Admission £8 on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

23.02.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

KEVIN MACKENZIE

A welcome return to Playtime for the wonderful guitarist Kevin MacKenzie. He'll be joined by Martin Kershaw (saxes), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for a tribute to the music of JOHN COLTRANE. Featuring such classics as Lonnie's Lament, 26-2, Equinox and of course Giant Steps, this will be a night full of joyous energy, excitement and soul! On Thurs 23 Feb (8pm start) at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane Edinburgh EH1 3LY. Admission on the door £8/6 concs.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

09.02.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

LAURA MACDONALD

AT LAST!! Saxophonist Laura MacDonald makes her long overdue Playtime debut! Joined by Playtime regulars Martin Kershaw (saxophone), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Andy Sharkey (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums), she will present a selection of hand-picked standards, performed with infectious joy and energy. It will be a magical night - don't miss it!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY.
Thursday 9 February, 8pm start.
Admission on the door £8/6 concs.

Laura attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, before moving to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, graduating in 1998. She is now based in Scotland, and is in constant demand as a composer, performer and teacher of rare ability.

She has worked with many jazz musicians including drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist James Genus, pianists David Budway and Jason Rebello and trumpeter Guy Barker. She has made many appearances at notable jazz events, including the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe

Her recordings include the eponymous Laura in 2001 featuring David Budway (piano), James Genus (bass) and Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums); and Awakenings in 2003 with the Laura Macdonald Sextet: Steve Hamilton (piano), Donny Macaslin (tenor saxophone and flute), Gildas Boclé (bass), Claus Stoetter (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Antonio Sanchez (drums). Both CDs are available on Spartacus Records.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

26.01.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

JAZZ CRUSADERS TRIBUTE

Formed in 1960, the original Jazz Crusaders line up of Joe Sample (piano), Stix Hooper (drums), Wilton Felder (saxophone), and Wayne Henderson (trombone) found widespread success with a sound that was rooted in hard bop, with an emphasis on R&B and soul.

The group shortened their name to "The Crusaders" in 1971, and adopted a jazz-funk style. Bass guitarist Robert "Pops" Popwell and guitarist Larry Carlton joined the band, and featured on the group's albums throughout most of the 1970s. The height of their commercial success came with 1979's Street Life, with Randy Crawford as featured singer.

In this tribute concert Playtime regulars Martin Kershaw (sax), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) will be joined by very special guests CHRIS GREIVE (trombone) and STEVE HAMILTON (keyboards) for a joyous celebration of the Jazz Crusaders' music. Don't miss it!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY.

Thursday 26 January, 8pm start.

Admission on the door £8.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

12.01.17 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

PLAYTIME: ALL-STARS!

Kicking off 2017 in fine style, Playtime presents the All-Stars - Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) with a hand-picked selection of jazz classics and originals. Don't miss it! Thursday 12 January at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY. 8pm start. Admission on the door £8/6 concs.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

15.12.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Martin Kershaw (saxes) and Andy Sharkey (bass) play a hand-picked selection of jazz classics with consummate skill, passion and joy. Some of the greatest tunes ever written, played by two of Scotland's foremost in a wonderfully intimate setting - don't miss it! At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thurs 15 Dec - 8pm start. Admission on the door £8.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

01.12.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

STEVE HAMILTON

Steve Hamilton is one of Europe’s most creative and experienced contemporary pianists, performing a multitude of music from the improvised to pop to film and session work. Having graduated from Berklee College of Music with full honours in 1995, he based himself in London, where his talents and reputation spread like wildfire, becoming the first call pianist across the genres for over 5 years. He also performed regularly with such internationally notable musicians as Freddie Hubbard and Pee Wee Ellis and becoming a long standing member of legendary drummer Bill Bruford’s internationally acclaimed jazz quartet, Earthworks. He is currently keyboardist with legendary drummer Billy Cobham's band.

Making his long-overdue Playtime debut, Steve will be joined by superb bassist Euan Burton, as well as Playtime regulars Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums). With a programme of hand-picked contemporary jazz classics, this will be a musical experience to cherish.

Don't miss it!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

17.11.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

The awesome Playtime core quartet of Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) will perform a mouthwatering selection of standards and originals with their customary verve and passion. At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY - this Thursday (17/11), 8pm start. Admission on the door £8/6 concs. Joy guaranteed!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

03.11.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

PLAYTIME: GEORGE BURT

Legendary guitaristGeorge Burt makes his long-awaited Playtime debut, with Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Bewitching melodies, searing improvisation and plenty of skronk - a heady brew! Thursday 3 November 8pm at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane EH1 3LY. Admission on the door £8/6 concs.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

06.10.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

TANGENTIAL EXCURSIONS

And but so buckle up for another incredible journey into the outer sonosphere with Martin Kershaw (windular), Graeme Stephen (guitarsome) and Tom Bancroft (drumadocious).
Departing this Thursday (6 Oct) from The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane EH13LY. 8 pm start. Admission £8/6 on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

22.09.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, US

JOHN SCOFIELD TRIBUTE

A tribute to the amazing music of guitar legend JOHN SCOFIELD, with Graeme Stephen (guitar), Martin Kershaw (sax), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Thurs 22 September At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY. 8pm start - Admission £8/6 concs.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

11.08.16 to 12.08.16 |21:00

Edinburgh, UK

PLAYTIME - CELEBRATION!

Now a crucial part of the Edinburgh (and Scottish) scene, Playtime celebrates 2 years of amazing music-making with a selection of favourites ranging from contemporary jazz classics to fascinating original compositions. The band features Playtime's all-star core quartet, with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancrft (drums).

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY on 11 and 12 August - 9pm start.

Admission on the door £8/6.

See you there!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

11.08.16 to 12.08.16 |21:00

Edinburgh, UK

PLAYTIME - CELEBRATION!

Now a crucial part of the Edinburgh (and Scottish) scene, Playtime celebrates 2 years of amazing music-making with a selection of favourites ranging from contemporary jazz classics to fascinating original compositions. The band features Playtime's all-star core quartet, with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancrft (drums).

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY on 11 and 12 August - 9pm start.

Admission on the door £8/6.

See you there!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

21.07.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

PLAYTIME@EDINBURGH JAZZ FESTIVAL!

A special Edinburgh Jazz Festival concert for Playtime - featuring the all-star core line up of Martin Kershaw (sax), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) performing a selection of some of the great music presented at Playtime since its inception in 2014. Whether it's a tribute to one of the greats, or blistering new original material - this will be a thrilling night!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY on Thurs 21 July 8pm start.

Admission £10 (by ticket from http://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com/2016-programme.html?query=playtime+collective).

Traverse Theatre

04.07.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

KEITH JARRETT TRIBUTE

A joyous tribute to the music of a true genius, whose influence as a peerless composer and performer cannot be overstated. An all-star band includes Martin Kershaw (saxes), Kevin MacKenzie (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). This special Playtime will be in collaboration with Sound House, with the performance being held at the Traverse Theatre on Monday 4 July - 8pm admission £11 (see http://www.soundhouse.org.uk/events/playtime-quartet-keith-jarrett-tribute/).

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

19.05.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

PLAYTIME - NEW WORKS

Brand new material from the awesome Playtime quartet of Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Groundbreaking, fabulous music from four world class composers/performers! At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY. Thurs 19 May, 8pm start. Admission on the door just £8/6 concs.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

05.05.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

A celebration of the wonderful music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - composer of The Girl From Ipanema, Desafinado, One Note Samba and so many more. Featuring the all-star line up of Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums).
At The Outhouse EH1 3LY, Thurs 5 May, 8pm start.
Admission £8/6 on the door.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

21.04.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

HOKEBU TRIO

An intoxicating mix of original compositions and standards from Martin Kershaw (saxes), Euan Burton (bass) and Doug Hough (drums).

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY. Thurs 21 April, 8pm start. Admission on the door £8/6 concs.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

07.04.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Dave Milligan

Consummately talented pianist and composer Dave Milligan makes a welcome return to Playtime, with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Melodic, passionate, inspiring music - don't miss it!

Thursday 7 April at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY. 8pm start. Admission on the door £8/6.

Dave Milligan is primarily a jazz pianist and improviser, but one whose musical imagination flows freely between all kinds of musical genres.

Growing up in the Scottish Borders, he started learning piano at the age of six and was inspired by a diverse array of musicians through a small but varied record collection in the family home. He went on to study Jazz & Contemporary Music at the City of Leeds College of music before settling in Edinburgh in the early 1990’s. To this day he continues to draw inspiration from a wide range of music; from Jazz to Folk & Traditional, and Film scores to Dance music.

In a professional career spanning twenty years, Dave has performed all over the world. He is one of the most highly regarded pianists in Scotland, and has gained an enviable reputation as a highly skilled composer and arranger, writing works for large-scale ensembles down to solos, duos, string quartets and numerous arrangements for small groups.

“A pianist of quite astonishing verve and subtlety… a whirlwind tour de force. “ - The Independent

“Excellent… He has a technique that opens rich possibilities in any contemporary piano style.“ - The Guardian

“Scottish music, Jazz, Cuban rhythms – all let out with an entirely natural sense of flow." - The Herald

“Dazzling music-making… he is equally at home in jazz and folk, and the genres are now deeply interlinked in his musical imagination." - The Scotsman

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

24.03.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

TANGENTIAL EXCURSIONS

And but so Martin Kershaw (blowy things), Graeme Stephen (axe-a-tronics) and Tom Bancroft (percussiosphere) turn it all upside down, point, laugh, cry etc. in a savage reworking of sonic reality. Could well be the music event of the century. Thursday 24 March at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY. 8pm start. Admission on the door £8/6.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

10.03.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

KENNY WHEELER TRIBUTE

A celebration of the unique and wonderful music of jazz legend Kenny Wheeler - with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Phil O'Malley (trombone), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY. 8pm start. Admission £8/6 ON THE DOOR.

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

25.02.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

COLE PORTER CELEBRATION

A jubilant tribute to the timeless music of a true genius, with Martin Kershaw (sax), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Cole Porter wrote some of the most enduring melodies in the Great American Songbook - evergreen classics such as 'What Is This Thing Called Love', 'Night And Day' and 'I Concentrate On You' that have proved a constant source of joy and inspiration to performers and audiences alike. Thurs 25 Feb 8 pm start at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY - Admission still only £7/5 on the door!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

11.02.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

PHIL BANCROFT

The phenomenal saxophonist and composer pays a welcome return visit to Playtime, joined by Martin Kershaw (sax), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for passionate, lyrical, inspiring music. At The Outhouse EH1 3LY, Thurs 11 Feb, 8pm start. Admission £7/5 concs on the door. Don't miss it!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

28.01.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

JOE HENDERSON TRIBUTE

A tribute to the amazing music of a true jazz great, from the mellow Latin flavour of 'Recordame' to the irresistible ferocity of 'Inner Urge' and everything in between. With Martin Kershaw (sax), Kevin MacKenzie (guitar) Mario Caribe (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums).

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

14.01.16 |20:00

Edinburgh, US

Amazing new music by Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums) with special guests Catriona McKay (harp/electronics), Oene Van Geel (viola) and Mario Caribe (bass). An intoxicating brew of composed and improvised material featuring a group of supremely talented performers! At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY on Thurs 14 Jan - 8 pm start. Admission still only £7/5 on the door! What a fantastic start to Playtime in 2016 - don't miss it!!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

10.12.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

A welcome return for fabulous drummer DOUG HOUGH, who will be joined by Playtime founders Martin Kershaw (saxes) and Graeme Stephen (guitar) for a captivating night of hand-picked standards and originals. This will be the last Playtime of 2015, so join us and celebrate a great year of groundbreaking new music!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY - 8pm start. Admission on the door still only £7/5 concs!

Doug Hough impressed deeply with his light, musical touch, flowing dynamics and directional certainty. (The Herald)

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

26.11.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Making his long overdue debut at Playtime, renowned bassist Andy Sharkey joins Martin Kershaw (saxes) for a night of classic jazz standards. Some of the greatest tunes ever written, played by two of Scotland's foremost in a wonderfully intimate setting - don't miss it!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thurs 26 Nov - 8pm start.

Admission on the door still only £7/5!

The Outhouse EH1 3LY

12.11.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Bill Frisell is without doubt one of the most influential guitarists and composers on the international scene today, effortlessly able to apply his unique sound and approach to an astonishing range of styles and settings. And it would be hard to think of a guitarist better qualified to lead this tribute than Graeme Stephen - an award-winning musician and composer of rare quality. He'll be joined by saxophonist Martin Kershaw and bassist Tom Lyne in what promises to be a fabulous tribute to a living legend.

At The Outhouse EH1 3LY this Thursday (12/11) - 8pm.

Admission on the door still only £7/5 concs!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

29.10.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

More adventures in sonic space with fearless ultranauts Martin Kershaw (reeds) Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Tom Bancroft (drums). At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY on Thurs 29 Oct - 8pm start. Admission still only £7/5 concs!

The Outhouse

15.10.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

A very special night of world premieres at Playtime, with award-winning composers Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) presenting amazing new works for the first time. Inspirational writing and stunning performances guaranteed!

At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY - Thurs 15 Oct, 8pm start, still only £7/5 admission on the door!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

01.10.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Martin Kershaw (reeds), Graeme Stephen (gtr) and Tom Bancroft (dms) engage the warp drive and hurtle through the cosmos to a galaxy far far away.

It'll be a trip.

Thursday 1 October - 8pm
The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY.
Admission STILL ONLY £7/5 concs on the door!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

25.08.15 |21:00

Edinburgh, UK

Evergreen classics from the Great American Songbook performed by an all-star band of Martin Kershaw (sax), Graeme Stephen (gtr), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (dms). A great way to conclude Playtime's Fringe Programme!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY.

Tues 25 Aug, 9-10.15pm.

Admission £7/5 concessions ON THE DOOR ONLY.

See you there!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

23.08.15 |19:00

Edinburgh, UK

From his big break as a key member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to work with the great Miles Davis quintet of the 1960s to classic Blue Note recordings with his own quartet and the co-founding of legendary fusion outfit Weather Report - WAYNE SHORTER is without doubt one of the most important musicians and composers of our times.

Playtime presents this special tribute concert featuring classic Shorter compositions including Witch Hunt, Yes Or No, E.S.P., Infant Eyes etc. with a great band comprising Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and featuring special guest the amazing CHRIS WALLACE on drums, and (STOP PRESS!!) Chris Greive on trombone!

At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, EH1 3LY on Sun 23 Aug 7-8.15pm.

Admission still only £7/5 concs ON THE DOOR! Unmissable!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

16.08.15 |19.00

Edinburgh, UK

Our Fringe programme kicks off in suitably awesome style with Graeme Stephen's amazing original score to the classic 1920 chiller The Cabinet of Dr Caligari - performed alongside a live screening of the film! With Graeme Stephen (gtr), Martin Kershaw (sax/clt) and Tom Bancroft (dms).

At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, EH1 3LY on Sun 16 Aug 7-8.15pm.

Admission £7/5 concs ON THE DOOR ONLY.

High quality thrills guaranteed!

The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane EH1 3LY

16.07.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

The Awesome CHRIS GREIVE!

A welcome return for Playtime favourite CHRIS GREIVE (trombone) who will be ripping it up once again with Martin Kershaw (saxes/clts) and Graeme Stephen (guitar). Expect glorious odysseys into the othersphere, exciting, newly minted compositions and trombonic ferocity as yet untold!

At The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY on Thurs 16 July - 8pm start, STILL only £7/5 concs!

Don't miss it!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

02.07.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

A special concert to mark the recent passing of iconoclast, visionary and genius - saxophonist ORNETTE COLEMAN, with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Extraordinary music played with energy, passion and joy! Don't miss it! Thursday 2 July at The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, EH1 3LY, (8pm start). Admission still only £7/5 concessions!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

04.06.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Outstanding bassist, groundbreaking composer, raging iconoclast - Charles Mingus remains one of jazz's most important figures. In this special concert Martin Kershaw (saxes, clarinets), Mario Caribe (bass) Tom Bancroft (drums) and special guest PHIL O'MALLEY (trombone) will pay joyous tribute to the Mingus legacy with a hand-picked selection of his most famous compositions.

Don't miss it!

When? Thursday 4 June
Where? The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY
What time? 8pm.
How much? Admission still only £7/5 concs!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

07.05.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Heroes of Playtime Martin Kershaw (saxes/clarinet) Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) present their own gleefully twisted and wonderful arrangements of classic Film and TV Themes. Don't miss it! Thursday 7 May at The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY - 8pm start, admission still only £7/5 concs!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

23.04.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

A rare opportunity to see F.W. Murnau's classic silent 1926 chiller FAUST accompanied by Graeme Stephen's amazing ORIGINAL SCORE. With Graeme Stephen (gtr), Martin Kershaw (saxes), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (dms). Don't miss it!! Thurs 23 April at The Outhouse, Broughton St Lane, EH1 3LY. 8pm start. Admission still only £7/5 concs!

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

26.03.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

A special concert celebrating the unique music of legendary jazz pianist and composer THELONIOUS MONK, performed by an all-star quartet of Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Amazing music, played with great passion, skill and love by an awesome line-up. Don't miss it! At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thursday 26 March (8pm start). Admission still only £7/5 concs!

The Outhouse

12.03.15 to 13.03.15 |8pm

Edinburgh, UK

TRIO OF JOY - Graeme Stephen - Guitar, Mario Caribe - Bass, Tom Bancroft - Drums

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

12.02.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

Hero of PLAYTIMEs past CHRIS GREIVE (trombone) returns with Martin Kershaw (saxes) and Graeme Stephen (guitar) to create musical splendidness, explore the outerverse/othersphere and generally make a trombone do things it shouldn't oughta. At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY on Thursday 12 February (8pm start) admission still only £7/5 concs.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

29.01.15 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

A special concert celebrating the amazing music of legendary jazz pianist and composer BILL EVANS, performed by an all-star quartet of Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Beautiful music, played with great passion, skill and love by an awesome line-up. Don't miss it! At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thursday 29 January (8pm start). Admission still only £7/5 concs!

The Outhouse

15.01.15 |20.00

Edinburgh , UK

PLAYTIME - with special guest Tom Lyne

One of the most versatile and respected figures on the vibrant Scottish scene, Canadian-born bassist Tom Lyne will be joined by Playtime regulars Martin Kershaw (saxes) and Graeme Stephen (guitar) for a night of wonderful original music and powerful, searching improvisation.

Where? The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, EH1 3LY When? Thurs 15 January, 8 pm start
Admission? £7/5 (on the door)

TOM LYNE

Tom has an incredibly wide-ranging musical career, managing to combine a busy performance schedule as a bassist of rare ability with extensive composition, education and music production/technology work.

He has performed with all the major figures in Scottish jazz, including Brian Kellock, Dave Milligan, Kevin MacKenzie, Tom and Phil Bancroft, Tommy Smith, Fionna Duncan and Chick Lyall, as well as high profile folk performers such as Simon Thoumire and Martin Green.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

04.12.14 |20:00

Edinburgh, UK

PLAYTIME with special guest PHIL BANCROFT. Whether soaring, majestic, skittish, coruscating, lyrical, intense, mischievous, epic - Phil Bancroft is without doubt one of THE great saxophonists on the contemporary scene. He will be joined by the awesome Playtime core quartet of Martin Kershaw (sax), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Brodie Jarvie (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). It will be a great night, so join us for the last Playtime of 2014! At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY on Thursday 4 December, 8 pm start, £7/5 admission.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

20.11.14 |20:00

Edinburgh, U.K.

Talismanic legends/heroes of Playtime Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) present brand new compositions, intergalactic frazz freakouts and original classics. And all for only £7/5 concs! DON'T not come. DO come. At The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, EH1 3LY on Thurs 20 Nov (8pm start).

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

06.11.14 |20.00

Edinburgh

PLAYTIME - featuring amazing guitarist KEVIN MACKENZIE

A welcome return for superb guitarist KEVIN MACKENZIE, who will be joined by Martin Kershaw (saxes), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) for a fabulous night of original compositions, free interstellar improvised freak-outs and a special focus on the music of THELONIOUS MONK. Don't miss it! Thursday 6 November at The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, EH1 3LY - 8pm start, admission only £7/5 concs.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

21.08.14 |19:00

Edinburgh, US

One of Scotland’s leading jazz groups TRIO RED hit Playtime at The Outhouse with composer and leader Tom Bancroft on drums, Acoustic Ladyland’s Tom Cawley on piano, regular dep Scotland’s own Brodie Jarvie filling in for Norway’s Per Zanussi on bass. A fantastic night of top European Jazz! Admission £10/8 concessions.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

20.08.14 |19:00

Edinburgh

A very special night featuring the wonderful compositions and playing of a truly remarkable musician - tenor saxophonist JULIAN ARGUELLES, performing alongside Graeme Stephen (guitar), Euan Burton (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). Absolutely unmissable - only £10/8 concs.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

18.08.14 |19:00

Edinburgh

The core Playtime trio is joined by trombone maestro CHRIS GREIVE for an amazing night of warped basslines and nasty beats alongside beautiful melodies and fabulous solos. £10/8 concs.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

14.08.14 to 15.08.14 |23:00

Edinburgh

HERSCHEL 36. The amazing Paul Harrison (keys/electronics) and Stu Brown (drums) will scramble your brains and thrill your souls with their very own special brand of twisted electronica! Tickets only £10/8 concs.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

13.08.14 to 14.08.14 |23:00

Edinburgh

MARIO CARIBE (bass) joins Graeme Stephen (gtr), Martin Kershaw (sax/clt) and Tom Bancroft (drums) to perform Stephen's brand new original score to horror classic FAUST, alongside a live screening of the film. Tickets £10/8 concs.

The Outhouse, EH1 3LY

11.08.14 |23:00

Edinburgh

See 10th August

The Outhouse, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

10.08.14 to 11.08.14 |23:00

Edinburgh, U.K.

The first of our 3 LATE NIGHT FILM SPECIALS at Playtime, with Graeme Stephen's amazing original score to Murnau's 1922 silent chiller, NOSFERATU, alongside a LIVE SCREENING OF THE FILM. Featuring Stephen on guitar with Martin Kershaw (sax/clt), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). 11pm start at The Outhouse, Broughton Place Lane, EH1 3LY - tickets £10/8 with a SPECIAL 2 FOR 1 DEAL on the door! Come down and be thrilled anew by this evergreen, creepy classic of early cinema!

the Outhouse

24.07.14 |8pm

edinburgh, Scotland

Duo With Martin Kershaw - Saxophone and Graeme Stephen - Guitar and electronics

The Outhouse

17.07.14 |8pm

Edinburgh, Scotland

Playtime featuring Stuart Brown - Drums, Martin Kershaw - Sax, Graeme Stephen - Guitar and Mario Caribe - Bass

the outhouse

10.07.14 |8pm

Edinburgh, Scotland

Playtime featuring Fraser Fifield- Whistles,Sax,Kaval,Cajon,Pipes,Electronics, Graeme Stephen Guitar, Mario Caribe - Bass

The Outhouse

03.07.14 |20:00

Edinburgh, U.K.

Martin Kershaw (saxes), Mario Caribe (bass), Tom Bancroft (drums) and special guest Phil Bancroft (saxes). A welcome return for one of the all-time greats - Phil Bancroft. Amazing interweaving horn lines and a driving rhythm section will make for an awesome night.

The Outhouse

26.06.14 |20:00

Edinburgh, U.K.

Mario Caribe (bass), John Burgess (saxes) and Malcolm MacFarlane (guitar). Great to have John and Malcolm joining Mario for a special guest performance: expect heavy grooves, soulful melodies and thrilling improvisation!

The Outhouse

19.06.14 |20:00

Edinburgh, U.K.

Martin Kershaw (saxes), Tom Bancroft (drums) special guest Pete Johnstone (keyboards). A welcome debut for Pete Johnstone at Playtime - a ferociously gifted performer and quite simply one of the most exciting new talents on the scene. 'A big swinging pianist' (Rob Adams, The Herald)