Boptimism - Swinging Hard Bop Jazz

Boptimism is a new Jazz Quintet from Edinburgh formed in 2017.
The band got together following the break up of the Keith Edwards Quintet after the passing of Jazz Bar owner and drummer Bill Kyle.
The new band plays a mix of original charts from trumpeter Donald Corbett and arrangements from Jimmy Deuchar, Tubby Hayes, Cedar Walton, George Coleman, Eric Alexander and many others.

on stage

Seen here on stage at the Jazz bar.

Our regular haunt.

Band Line-Up

Some info on the band members

  • Keith Edwards - sax

    Keith is the band's musical director, arranges most of the band's material. A fiery tenor player, he also co-leads the Jazz Bar Big Band. A former member of the Scottish Jazz Orchestra and Fat Sams Band.

  • Donald Corbett - trumpet

    The quiet man of Edinburgh jazz, Donlad is a tasteful trumpeter and talented composer. He can be heard regularly with the Jazz Bar Big Band.

  • Campbell Normand- piano


    One of the most sought after pianists in Edinburgh, Campbell has played with evryone around.

  • Alastair Morrow - drums


    Al grew up playing in different genres in the Glasgow area with bands like Crazeology, Bobby Deans before moving to Stilring where he played with rent a Dep and the Bill Wells Octet and Big Band. He then spent 6 years with The late Gordon Cruikshank's Quartet abd 12 years touring the world with Fat Sams Band.

  • Ed kelly - bass


    Originall from Dublin Ed has established himself in Edinburgh and Scotland as the 'in demand' bass player. Another Jazz Bar regular.

Up and Coming Gigs

The band play :-

Whighams Jazz Club on 25 Nov 2018

Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 28 Dec 2018

Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 10 Jan 2019

Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 20 Feb 2019

Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 14 Mar 2019

Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 12 Apr 2019

Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 17 May 2019