Jazz Horizons

Jazz Horizons is collaborative, hands on workshop for Jazz Musicians; already working or hoping to work in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Venue: South Block, 60-64 Osborne Street, Glasgow, G1 5QH, 9.30am to 4pm

Tickets (free) by Eventbrite.  http://www.jazzhorizons.eventbrite.co.uk
9.30am Registration / Coffee
10am Personal Development Planning.
11am Test the promoter. Would you book you?
• Ticket sales
• Audience development
• Promoter relationships
• Negotiating fees
• Using contracts
Working in small groups understand the mind of a music promoter by testing your given ‘scenario act’ against our promoters check-list.
12pm Lunch (provided by ‘Piece’) with ‘Live Music Now’
1pm Exploring electronic press kits
• Writing copy
• Social media do’s and don’ts
• Images
• Statistics on your fan demographics
• Songs play and download options
• Quote clouds, press clippings
• Embedded video links
• List of up and coming and past shows
New Found Sound assist you create a mock EPK and explore what makes a bad one..
2.30pm Coffee Break
2.45pm Which funding and how to get a yes?
• Crowd funding
• PRS Foundation
• Creative Scotland
• Small grants from specific charities
When to crowd fund, where to look for funding, what about Creative Scotland with Fiona Pilgrim.
4pm Finished!

Young Jazz Winner is David Bowden!

Double bassist David Bowden has been announced as the 2017 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year after a stand out performance at the live final in Glasgow on February 1st.

Five musicians made it through to the final at Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow; David Bowden, Stephen Henderson, Fergus McCreadie, Conor Murray and Joe Williamson. Each finalist played two pieces of their own choice showcasing their talents as improvisers and band leaders, supported by the house band of Euan Burton (bass), Doug Hough (drums) and Steve Hamilton (piano).

The event was produced by Jazz From Scotland as part of a 6 month programme of work funded by Creative Scotland.

Chair of the judging panel and Jazz From Scotland Chair Kim Macari says

“All of the judges (and indeed the audience) were blown away by the high standard of musicianship on show by all five finalists last night. It is testament to the strength of the jazz education provision in Scotland that we had such a difficult choice to make in selecting a winner. I’m confident that all of our finalists will go on to make significant contributions to jazz and improvised music in the coming years.”

The panel were impressed by Bowden’s versatility, sincerity and ability to connect to his audience through music. They described him as a ‘well-rounded musician with a strong and unique musical voice.’
David will receive performance opportunities at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen and at EFG London Jazz Festival as well as studio time to record his own music and a set of professional photographs.

Run as part of this year’s Celtic Connections festival, the performances were recorded by BBC Radio Scotland and will be broadcast on Wednesday 8th February on The Jazz House.

More about David Bowden:
Originally from London, David came to Glasgow to study jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he was awarded a 1st and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship. He is a co-founder of award winning quartet Square One and a member of the Fergus McCreadie Trio. Recent performance highlights have included jazz festivals across the UK as well as performances in Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Holland and Zambia. David is also active as an educator, having worked with SYJO, RCS Musicworks, Fife Council and Sistema Scotland and as a 2016 National Youth Jazz Collective Ambassador.

Young Scottish Jazz Musician Finalists Announced

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

Originally from London, David came to Glasgow to study jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he was awarded a 1st and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship. He is a co-founder of award winning quartet Square One and a member of the Fergus McCreadie Trio. Recent performance highlights have included jazz festivals across the UK as well as performances in Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Holland and Zambia. David is also active as an educator, having worked with SYJO, RCS Musicworks, Fife Council and Sistema Scotland and as a 2016 National Youth Jazz Collective Ambassador.

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.

BBC Radio:

The show hosted by Stephen Duffy, will broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Jazz House.

The Prize!

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.

Professional Photographs



Jazzahead Showcasing: Apply by 31st October

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




Notice of Public Meeting

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 admin@jazzfromscotland.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.

New Developments and Funding Award

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.

Young Scottish Jazz Musician 2015

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.