Jazz Cafe Band still in tune after nearly two decades

The Jazz Cafe Band pictured at one of their public performances last year.

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Hard to grasp, but it is nearly 20 years since John Gibson wrote to the Arran Banner asking why there was every kind of music on Arran except jazz.

A month later, the Jazz Cafe Band (JCB) emerged, initially without even a name and despite all the odds and line-up changes, it continues to thrive today.

Audiences can experience and hear for themselves exactly why the JCB has become something of an island institution at their next regular session at Whiting Bay village hall on Friday February 15, from 8-11pm, where the audience are invited to BYOB.


John Gibson’s still there on trombone, the only ‘survivor’ from the band of 2000, aided and abetted by Spike Bayne’s hot tenor sax, the vocals of the ‘sensational’ Biff Simpson, and a rhythm section of Tom Buchan on guitar and Malcolm Kerr on drums.

Its trad, its accessible, its danceable, and you don’t have to like jazz to like the Jazz Cafe Band. Be sure to catch their next gig at Whiting Bay Hall, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

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