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YSJM 2018 Winner is Joe Williamson!

Guitarist Joe Williamson has been announced as the 2018 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year after a stand out performance at the live final in Glasgow on June 20th.

Five musicians made it through to the final at Drygate in Glasgow; Joe Williamson, Fergus McCreadie, Conor Murray, Luca Manning and Matt Carmichael. Each finalist played two pieces of their own choice showcasing their talents as improvisers and band leaders, supported by the house band of Mario Caribé (bass), Alyn Cosker (drums) and Pete Johnstone (piano).

The event was produced by Jazz From Scotland as part of a 12 month programme of work funded by Creative Scotland. It was done in partnership with the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

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

The striking thing about this year’s final was that we heard five strong and unique artistic voices shining through. The panel were aware that they were being given a preview of all that’s in store for Scotland’s jazz scene in the years to come and left feeling very reassured that it’s in safe hands. Joe Williamson left the panel wishing they could listen to an entire gig of his music and were delighted to award him the title of Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2018.

Joe will receive performance opportunities at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen, Glasgow Jazz Festival and London Jazz Festival 2019, a set of professional photographs, and mentoring and continual professional development by Jazz from Scotland.

More about Joe Williamson:

Guitarist Joe Williamson is one of the most active members of Glasgow’s vibrant jazz scene. He is best known for leading quartet Square One, winners of the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, who will be releasing their second album in collaboration with US sax veteran Andy Middleton in autumn 2018. Also a member of Spark Trio (featuring keys guru Paul Harrison) and Graham Costello’s Strata, Joe is a versatile musician, well versed in the jazz tradition, but also drawing on influences from all kinds of different contemporary guitar music.

Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016, Joe has performed at Scotland’s top jazz festivals, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, toured internationally with Square One, and performed live on BBC Radio Scotland.


Finalists (L-R): Luca Manning, Fergus McCreadie, Joe Williamson, Conor Murray, Matt Carmichael.

YSJM 2017 David Bowden hands the title to YSJM 2018 Joe Williamson.