Congratulations to all who have made it to the 2017 final!
Conor Murray (Bass)
Photo Credit: Derek Clark Photography
After three years of playing the electric bass and exploring various genres Conor (Born in Donegal Ireland) picked up the Double Bass. His interest in fusion music, particularly the group Weather Report, gradually steered his interest to the more traditional styles of jazz and players like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Over the last three years he has worked with the legendary Irish Saxophonist Gay McIntyre. Now he’s studying in Glasgow under the tutelage of Tommy Smith and plays in the TSYJO band. Conor is now in the process of composing his own music and hopes to record an album and tour Ireland and the U.K.
David Bowden (Bass)
Photo Credit: Derek Clark Photography
Fergus McCreadie (Piano)
Photo Credit: Derek Clark Photography
Fergus McCreadie learned the ropes at the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra. He developed quickly and was soon attending the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a full scholarship. He has been awarded prizes in performance from the RCS and from St Andrews University. He has played alongside musicians such as Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Tommy Smith and Iain Ballamy.
Joe Williamson (Guitar)
Guitarist Joe Williamson recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Known for his melodic and creative improvising, Joe performs regularly across the Scottish jazz circuit, and is a founding member of quartet Square One, who have toured both in the UK and Europe. Joe is also a prolific composer and in 2016 was commissioned to write a new work for Glasgow Jazz Festival.
Stephen Henderson (Drums)
Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June 2015 with a first class honours in jazz, Stephen has been a part of many different and exciting projects that have given him the opportunity to play in Jazz/World music festivals across Europe. Stephen’s plans to pursue the path of performing his own music in festivals and venues around the world.
Future plans –
The final competition takes place at The Mitchell Theatre (Glasgow) on Wed 1st Feb from 7.30pm, live on radio from 8pm. Tickets are £14 and are available from the Celtic Connections box office 0141 353 8000 and from the website.
The show hosted by Stephen Duffy, will broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Jazz House.
A gig at Glasgow and London Jazz Festivals
A gig at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen
A recording session and finished digital master recorded and produced at Napier University.
Jazzahead Showcasing – NB. Final days to apply
Jazz ahead! is the largest annual Jazz conference held in Bremen each year. Each night there are showcases that allow musicians to present themselves and their music to important industry professionals as well as a broad audience.
There is an open call for jazz musicians to submit applications to perform on European Jazz night which will be on Friday night, 28th April 2017 but applications MUST be submitted before the deadline on October 31st, 2016. Applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be considered.
All musicians / groups must first register as a co-exhibitor and you can sign up via the JazzUK website where there are full application instructions via this link. You will then receive a registration discount code.
If successful in securing a showcase, you may be able to apply to Creative Scotland for help with funding via their showcasing fund. NB. Competition is fierce as bands are chosen by a panel from all European applicants but potentially a great experience.
Full general information re Jazzahead can be found on their website http://jazzahead.de/en/#showcases
JAZZ FROM SCOTLAND:
Notice of Public Meeting
Date: Friday 4th November 2016
Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Jazz from Scotland invites all musicians, teachers, industry professionals and other members of the jazz community to a public meeting on Fri. 4th Nov 2016 to be held in the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh at 1pm.
The meeting will focus on the launch of “Jazz from Scotland” and offers the jazz community the opportunity to meet the new Board of Directors. The board will explain their planned programme of work until March 2017 and invite a discussion about the needs and desires of the jazz sector in Scotland moving forward.
Anyone unable to attend the meeting can email email@example.com with their views and a report of the information shared at the meeting will be published for everyone to access.
We look forward to seeing you there.
We are pleased to announce a number of changes to Jazz From Scotland, Glow Arts are passing on the work we have achieved over the past two years to the Scottish Jazz Federation.
After a period of consultation and restructuring, a new board for Scottish Jazz Federation was formed to devise a programme of work that would re-launch the organisation to the sector and establish it as a beneficial source of information and support to musicians.
The new Board is –
- Kim Macari (Chair) – Professional Musician
- Caroline Bond (Treasurer) – Tax Accountant & Jazz Promoter
- Lindsay Robertson – Music Admin & SNJO/TSYJO Manager
- Rod Kennard – Professional Musician
- Kevin Dorrian – Musician & Co-Founder of Whigham’s Jazz Club
- Heather Macintosh – Professional Musician & Teacher
- Jennifer McGlone – Glow Arts
We are grateful to Creative Scotland for supporting a 6-month programme of work which will include –
- Administrative help to maintain website as information portal, newsletter, and social media
- Double Time: A programme of CPD and mentoring for Scottish Jazz Musicians
- Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2016
- Attendance at WOMEX in Spain October 2016 to represent Scottish Jazz at an international level
As of October 1st 2016, Scottish Jazz Federation will officially change our name to Jazz From Scotland. Following from Jennifer McGlone’s previous work building the Jazz From Scotland website and attending conferences including JazzAhead to showcase Scottish Jazz, the board wish to start afresh and begin working with the sector again, offering programmes and opportunities that benefit musicians and to act as a voice for Scottish Jazz nationally and internationally.
The board would like to share an invite to attend the first Jazz From Scotland open meeting on November 4th in Edinburgh to hear your views and to share with you the details of the planned programme.
Further information on the programmes mentioned above will be announced through this website and social media channels in due course.
The Young Scottish Jazz Musician 2015 semi-final weekend took place at the Tolbooth Stirling on the 16th May featuring the nine fantastic young musicians:
- Sean Gibbs | Trumpet
- Joe Williamson | Guitar
- Fergus McCreadie | Piano
- Helena Kay | Alto Sax
- Magnus Pickering | Trumpet
- Ross Hodgkinson | Drums
- John Patton | Guitar
- Christos Stylianides | Trumpet
- Declan Forde | Piano
The semi-finalists enjoyed a weekend of workshops and talks with industry professionals, before their performance with the house band that included Paul Harrison (Piano), Euan Burton (Double Bass) and Alyn Cosker (Drums). The judges had a tough job choosing the five young musicians to go through to the finals which take place at Glasgow Jazz Festival on 24th June 2015 who are:
- Declan Forde (piano),
- Helena Kay (sax),
- Sean Gibbs (trumpet),
- John Patton (guitar)
- Fergus McCreadie (piano).
Well done to all the competitors and congratulations to the finalists.