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The Jazz Bar was created by Edinburgh-based drummer and jazz organiser Bill Kyle, opening its doors on 1 July 2005. Originally from Dunfermline, Bill was heavily involved, both playing and organising, on the Scottish jazz scene for many years, as well as some years living (and playing) in Glasgow, New York and London, and is listed in the ‘Who’s Who in British Jazz’ reference publication. In 2002 he formed what has now grown into one of Scotland’s most active non-profit jazz promotion organisations – Bridge Music (see www.bridgejazz.co.uk). Sadly Bill passed away suddenly on the 31st of October 2016, leaving the bar’s management duties to be carried on by his daughter Edith Kyle. Edith is determined to continue and build upon her father’s legacy to support music throughout Scotland.

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