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At The Scottish Jazz Awards ceremony last night, Sunday 9 June 2109, Jazz Scotland received a new industry award – Services to Scottish Jazz – which celebrates those who work behind the scenes.
Jazz Scotland was chosen for the award by panel of industry specialists, including press and promoters from across the UK and was sponsored by Ticketmaster.
Neil Gibbons, Director of Jazz Scotland said: “I was so surprised and delighted to collect this award on behalf of Jazz Scotland. As promoters of our festivals in Scotland, we tend to be out of the limelight so to be recognised in this way by our peers is a real honour. I said in my acceptance that our job is similar to an engine room, hidden but driving things along and making our great musicians and their fans come together so that at the end of a great performance we sit at the back and think "we made that happen!" It is a very satisfying feeling. Our engine room has several people who make this happen so thanks must go to the driving force of Fiona Alexander and Roger Spence, my fellow director and Chair, Keith MacRae, Agnese Daverio and our new Manager Colin Fenton, our supporters in Creative Scotland and councils around Scotland. Also thanks to the army of volunteers who man ticket desks, herd artists, drive vans, paste posters and the other hundreds of jobs needed to make our festivals in Aberdeen, Dundee and Islay the exciting and growing events that they are."”
The Scottish Jazz Awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene and Jazz Scotland would like to congratulate the other fully-deserved recipients.
Fergus McCreadie Trio’s debut album, “Turas”, shows off the leader’s thrilling compositions, with Scottish traditional music and American jazz as combined inspirations. McCreadie is a sensational pianist, and his colleagues, David Bowden (bass), and Stephen Henderson(drums) are the leading players of their generation. Their concerts are packed with emotional charge, youthful zest and exhuberance; and they bring an extraordinary level of creative energy and excitement to every performance.
They launch their album in Glasow
With a bigger programme, the 2018 Aberdeen Jazz Festival delivers 34 concerts, performers from two continents and live music over 11 days, from 8th March. A host of thrilling jazz names play the iconic Blue Lamp: Zoe Rahman, Myra Meldford, Camille Thurman, Soweto Kinch, Colin Steele, Graeme Stephen, Fergus McCreadie... Riot Jazz Brass Band get the party started at The Lemon Tree. Plus, Scott Hamilton, Hamish Stuart, Fat-Suit, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Whellans and many many more - visit Aberdeen Jazz Festival's website to find out more.
Ceelbrate 2018 with a double bill of Scotland's finest - Tommy Smith with Brian Kellock and Fergus McCreadie Trio.
They play on 21st January at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium.
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Curtis Stigers channels the hip, swinging chemistry of Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra on tour in Scotland to Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunfermline and Inverness with the Ryan Quigley Big Band.
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We're delighted to announce the first acts who will be playing at Fife Jazz Festival 2017:
Vintage swing and gypsy jazz stars Rose Room kick off the Festival in style, with their “Stupendous gypsy jazz, and a superb singer" (The Scotsman)
Scottish blues masters, Blus N Trouble, bring their high energy sound inspired by electric Chicago blues and boogie to the Brye.
To round off the weekend in St Andrews, the Scottish Swing Orchestra presents "The Story of Swing" (a huge success at the Edinburgh Festival), accompanied by the Fly Right Dancers.
Extraordinary singer Seonaid Aitken presents "A Night With Ella" in Glenrothes, celebrating the songs of Ella Fitzgerald in her centenary year, accompanied by the superstar young Big Band that’s turning all the critics heads, The Groove Merchant Big Band.
Trombonist, Chris Barber, one of the most important figures in British traditional jazz for over 50 years, is back with his Big Band for another wonderful night to remember in Dunfermline.
Festival favourite, Red Stripe Band, bring their infectious mix of boogie boogie, blues, jump-jive, swing and rock'n’roll to Kirckaldy.
Four bands (Ina Forsman, Lights Out By Nine, The Troublemakers, Gerry Jablonski's Electric Band) feature as part of the Blues Afternoon in Dunfermline, for a fun afternoon packed with fantastic music (all for the price of one!).
What's better than gifting a fantastic live event experience at Christmas?
This Christmas give your loved ones the gift of superb live entertiainment! From jazz, to blues; from swing to soul; from funk to trad jazz..there is something to please all tastes!
You can now purchase a ticket voucher (choose any value from £5) that can be redeemed at the Festival box office once the 2017 programme is announced and tickets are on sale.
To purchase a voucher, simply call 0845 111 0302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of staff will guide you through the booking process.
Falkirk Live! is a brand new music festival with its inaugural events taking place from 14 to 16th October.
The Festival has its roots in blues and jazz but reaches out to cover classical, folk, and indie music as well.
Highlights of the first year’s programme include: The Big Chris Barber Band, the top classic jazz band in the UK; Karine Polwart, award-winning singer-songwriter, and traditional musician; the leading Scottish blues band Blues N Trouble; Rose Room, the classy gypsy swing band; top funk band, James Brown Is Annie; and the young classical guitar star, Sean Shibe.
Falkirk Live! is presented by Jazz Scotland and Falkirk Community Trust, in partnership with Falkirk Blues Club, Falkirk designers Eden, Classic Music Live! and Afterglow and is suported by Creative Scotland, Visit Falkirk, Falkirk Delivers and Eden, who created the festival’s identity and website.
Visit the beautiful isle of Islay in the Southern Hebrides to hear world class jazz whilst sampling the finest of single malts. Stages are set-up in distilleries and other unique, intimate venues across this beautiful island.
The 17 concerts across the three days vary from Martin Taylor playing in Duo with Ulf Wakenius to classic jazz from Enrico Tomasso, to the amazing singer James Torme and an American/Scottish band led by trumpeter Ryan Quigley and featuring Geoff Keezer (piano) and Clarence Penn (drums). Join a late night party with Pocion de Fe, hear some contemporary sounds from Norwegian band Pixel or support new talent like Fergus McCreadie Trio.
Fly-Be have added extra flights for the weekend or travel past Loch Lomond, Inveraray and Loch Fyne to catch the Ferry.
Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival: 9-11th September
Christmas is coming - don’t get stressed looking for presents - why not buy a Jazz Scotland Voucher as a present?
It’s easy to buy – simply call us on 0131 467 5200. You can buy any value from £5 upwards.