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Jazz Scotland is looking for a Producer

24 Sep 2018

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Jazz Scotland is seeking a passionate and dedicated individual as its new Producer

Jazz Scotland is an independent jazz promoter with charitable status, whose aims are to promote live jazz events, and cultivate interest and public engagement with jazz.  Our primary motivations are to grow the audience for jazz and related musics; and to increase opportunities for creative musicians – especially Scottish based musicians.

We promote jazz of all styles, and relevant related musics. We focus on creative practitioners who excite audiences through their artistic excellence and their communication skills.

Currently, our focus is on Festivals. In each Festival programme we want to work creatively within the local context, matching artists and audiences, place and heritage, production and marketing, and striving for quality in all aspects of the promotion.

We want to build the status and impact of our events, to attract greater support and interest

Our current activity focuses on distinctive Festivals that are landmarks in the Scottish jazz calendar:

Aberdeen Jazz Festival (March), Dundee Jazz Festival (November) and Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival (September).

The Board have ambitions to develop programmes throughout the year, and especially in the central belt.

Following a recent re-organisation of the company’s management, we wish to appoint a full time Producer, who will be the only dedicated employee of the organisation, and will therefore have significant responsibilities to manage the existing programme, and develop new strategies.

 Two of the Company’s Board members have part time executive roles in the organisation and are based at the offices. They will offer The Producer support, guidance and direction. The Producer will be responsible to them in the first instance, and then to the full Board.

Click here to download the PDF of the Job Description

Fergus McCreadie Trio to play Celtic Connections

09 Apr 2018

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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

The Blue Arrow in Glasgow on 18th19th21st22nd April at 8pm. The Blue Arrow is at  323 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3HW. Tickets are £8 (18th,19th, 22nd), £10 (21st)

Aberdeen Jazz Festival

09 Feb 2018

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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.

Fergus McCreadie Trio to play Celtic Connections

29 Dec 2017

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 To Tour Scotland

18 Jan 2017

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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.

Click here for concert information.

 

Fife Jazz Festival 2017 - First Acts Announced / Tickets On Sale

20 Dec 2016

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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!). 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS

Christmas Gift Vouchers

01 Dec 2016

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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 fiona@jazzscotland.com and a member of staff will guide you through the booking process. 

Falkirk Live!

03 Oct 2016

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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.

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival

05 Aug 2016

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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 Jazz

03 Dec 2015

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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.

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