Tenement Jazz Band


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Tenement Jazz band are a traditional jazz band formed in early 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brought together by their shared love of New Orleans music, and comprising musicians from various corners of Edinburgh’s vibrant jazz scene, they are on a journey of exploration back to the roots of the music that they play. 

Their aims are to capture the raw energy and excitement of the earliest jazz recordings, with most of their repertoire composed before 1930. They aim to find and revive lesser-heard songs and cultivate their own interpretations of these, all in order to captivate experienced jazzers, dancing persons, and uninitiated ears alike. They are particularly inspired the modern-day resurgence of early jazz on the streets of New Orleans, particularly fuelled by the strong busking culture there.

In their brief existence so far they have performed at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Islay and Glasgow Jazz Festivals, as well as at Belladrum, Eden and Kelburn festivals in Scotland and Fjellrocken Festival in Norway. They have collaborated with various local musicians via their own Cellar Session residency, and performed their own sell-out show on the Edinburgh Fringe telling the story of the 'Red Hot Roots of Jazz' from turn of the century New Orleans and beyond. Theywere nominated for Best Band at the Scottish Awards 2019. They recorded and released their debut EP, ‘New Orleans Wiggle’ in June 2018, gaining positive reviews plus airplay on BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 3, and will be releasing a follow up CD in July 2019, alongside shows at Edinburgh Jazz Festival and 8 shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“brings a freshness and energy of youth to New Orleans style traditional jazz whilst also
staying true to the original style”
- Ron Simpson, The Jazz Rag, May 2019

“the passion with which these young musicians approach the music is unmistakable... a most
welcome addition to the ranks of young traditional jazz bands... the future of traditional jazz is
in good hands.”
- Bert Thompson, Just Jazz Magazine, April 2019 ( Review of New Orleans
Wiggle EP)

“If you think that the music of yesteryear and the year before that is only played by doddery
old men with wavering vibratos then think again ...this is a relatively young band who've
certainly picked up the essence of the old masters of jazz.”
- Bebop Spoken Here (Prohibition
Cabaret Bar, Newcastle, March 2019)

“ very talented and evidently passionate musicians... a wonderful evening of happy, upbeat
- Karolina Zieba, The Student (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018)