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


Jazz Qunintet

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, Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra and Fat Sams Band.

  • Donald Corbett - trumpet

    The quiet man of Edinburgh jazz, Donald 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 everyone around from King Louis and the Primas to Fat Sams band.

  • Alastair Morrow - drums

    Al grew up playing 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 and 12 years touring the world with Fat Sams Band and now with King Louis and the Primas.

  • Ed kelly - bass

    Originally 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 :-


Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 13 Feb 2020

Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on 13 Mar 2020