To mark the 30th anniversary, the festival is celebrating some of the up-and-coming musicians within Scottish Jazz scene today by naming “30 under 30”- a collection of young Scottish Jazz musicians making waves in the global music scene, many of whom will perform at the festival.
East Kilbride Glasgow
Adam Jackson is a composer and saxophonist based in and around the Glasgow area. Adam began studying music at the age of 5, learning basic tunes on the piano. In high school he was selected to play trombone. In an effort to avoid carrying a trombone to school every day he managed to convince his teacher to let him try the Alto Saxophone instead. This led him to playing in various bands in the school, where he first discovered his love for jazz and improvisation.
At the age of 17, Adam moved to Birmingham, England to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire. It was here where Adam was lucky enough to study with some of the worlds most incredible musicians, including but not limited to, Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Mike Williams, Hans Koller and Liam Noble. He also studied with visiting artists, such as Dave Holland, Dave Binney, Dan Weiss and John Hollenbeck. Upon graduating, Adam has performed with his own band at numerous venues including the renowned Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Since then he prefers more of a side man role, playing with the likes of Hansu-Tori, Euan Burton, Ben Macdonald, The Elusive Tree, Pete Johnstone and John Lowrie.Visit artist website Listen
Winner of the BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician at only 17, pianist/composer Alan Benzie is one of the UK’s most exciting young talents. Now 26, he has won a string of high profile awards in the last few years, including the prestigious Billboard Award at Berklee College of Music. Previous winners include Japanese pianist Uehara Hiromi, and saxophonists Jaleel Shaw and Walter Smith III – Alan is the first musician from the UK to win the award. His mixture of flowing lyricism, spontaneous creativity and explosive energy has earned him consistent critical praise, with performances over the last few years in the UK, US, across Europe and Japan.
Last year saw the release of Alan’s debut album “Traveller’s Tales”, recorded with his working trio of friends and long-time collaborators Andrew Robb on bass, and Marton Juhasz on drums.
Inspired by his recent travels, the landscape of his native Scotland and his love of Japanese, animation, the music has its roots in European and American jazz, with influences from impressionist piano music, Scottish and Japanese folk musics, and film music.
“Gifted young post-bop and contemporary pianist Benzie is one of the most promising newcomers to have recently emerged from the fertile Scottish jazz scene.” The Guardian
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“Benzie’s playing has a hushed yet yearning quality to it; an exquisite touch and elegant virtuosity make for a thoroughly engaging listen.” Jazzwise
Andrew Robb was born in and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He started learning double bass at the age of seven and became immersed in classical and jazz music. Equally versatile in both styles he has just completed his undergraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since commencing his studies he won The BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2009 and has performed several times on BBC Radio Three and Radio Scotland as a leader and as a sideman.
As a performer Andrew has been fortunate enough to have performed with international artists such Jazz Messengers trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, New York pianist David Berkman, vibraphone and marimba virtuoso Arthur Lipner, Saxophone stars Peter Ehwald, Tommy Smith and Tim Garland, top Hammond organist Tony Monaco and Norwegian double bass phenomenon Arild Andersen.
He’s currently the bassist in The Alan Benzie Trio, Henry Spencer’s Juncture, David Patrick’s International Octet, Matt Robert’s Bigish Band and Renato D’Aiello’s Quartet
A selection of musicians that Andrew has performed with are:
Saxophone: Tom Challenger, Mark Hanslip, Peter King, Mornington Locket, James Allsopp Julian Arguelles, George Crowley, Dave O’Higgins, Alan Skidmore, Brian Edwards, Mark Lockheart, Martin Speake, Sammy Mayne, Michael Chillingworth, Josh Arcoleo, Zhenya Strigalev, Tony Kofi, Art Themen, Tori Freestone, Alan Barnes, Alex Garnett
Trumpet: Quentin Collins, Percy Purseglove, Colin Steele, Freddy Gavita, Reuben Fowler, Laura Jurd, Byron Wallen, Martin Shaw
Trombone: Mark Nightingale, Rick Taylor, Chris Dean
Flute: Gareth Lockrane
Piano: David Newton, Julian Joseph, John Holler, Barry Green, Kit Downes, Gareth Williams, Tim Lapthorn, Robert Aspland, Brian Kellock, John Turville, Alan Benzie, Gabriel Latchin, Rick Simpson, Bruno Heinen, Sam Leak, Mike Gorman, Malcolm Edmonstone, Paul Kirby, Jim Watson, Jonathan Gee
Vibraphone: Jim Hart, Nat Steele, Orphy Robinson
Drums: Ian Thomas, Jon Scott, Clark Tracey, James Maddren, Dave Smith, Paul Clarvis, Dave Wickens, Rod Youngs, Matt Home, Josh Morrison, Dave Hamblett, David Ingamells, Andrew Bain, Patrick Davey, Jonathan Silk, Marton Juhasz, Ole Seimetz, Chris Higginbottom, Matt Fishwick
Guitar: Jim Mullen, Hannes Riepler, Kristian Borring, Nicholas Costley-White, David Preston, Ant Law, Alan Weekes
Singers: Christine Tobin, Ian Shaw, Polly Gibbons, Trudy Kerr, Brigitte Beraha, Liane Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth, Tina May, Fini Bearman, Anthony Strong, Atila Huseyin, Todd Gordon, Rachael Gould, Cleveland Watkiss
Orchestras: The Orpheus Orchestra, The Southbank Sinfonia, Camarata Scotland, Berwick Festival OperaVisit artist website Listen
East Kilbride Glasgow
Bill Fleming has played baritone saxophone with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra since 2006, as well as leading his own group, playing mainly alto sax.
Taking piano lessons from an early age led to saxophone lessons at secondary school in East Kilbride, and along with Euan Burton and wee brother John Fleming, formed the Claremont High School Trio. Since graduating from Strathclyde University’s BA Applied Music course in 2006, through his work with SNJO, Bill been lucky enough to play with visiting artists such as Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Kurt Elling, Peter Erskine, and many more.
The Bill Fleming Quartet was the first Jazz ensemble to be added to the “Live Music Now!” (Scotland) roster, and performed many engagements, taking the band into schools and care homes around the country.
Bill continues to perform and record with SNJO, and on the Glasgow scene, and is happy he is on the right side of 30 to be involved in the Glasgow Jazz Festival 30th anniversary celebrations!
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East Kilbride Amsterdam
Brodie studied the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Formerly RSAMD) on Tommy Smiths new Scottish jazz degree at the RCS and began studying under the tutelage of Mario Caribe, Julian Arguelles and Tommy Smith for the next four years. Throughout his time at RCS, he was in demand in the UK jazz scene and was involved in a project with Edinburgh Jazz festival and Oslo Jazz Festival 2012 which allowed Brodie and two other Scottish jazz musicians to travel to Oslo and perform some of their own music with three other Norwegian musicians. He was also involved in a short tour around the United States playing with Trio Red, where they played at the renowned Rochester Jazz Festival in 2015.After graduating with Honours of the First Class, Brodie played regularly with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and has played with musicians such as Steve Hamilton, Ryan Quigley, Texas and Tommy Smith. He now lives in Amsterdam where he studies a masters degree at the prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he has had the opportunity to learn and play with some of the leading Jazz musicians active today, such as Frans van der Hoeven, Dick Oatts, Jasper Blom and Yaniv Nachum. This year (2016) he is competing in the final of the renowned Keep an Eye International Jazz Award with a band of his peers, where they will perform at the Bimhuis, AmsterdamVisit artist website Listen
London-based double bassist and composer Calum Gourlay is known for his deep warm tone, controlled execution as both a supporter and improviser, and rock solid time and pulse. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1986, he began his musical journey playing the cello in primary school and by the age of fourteen started the double bass, having developed a serious interest in jazz and improvised music. Gourlay’s talents were noticed by many of Scotland’s premier artists, and as a result he became the first bassist selected for the then ‘brand new’ Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra as well as other ensembles.In 2004 he started at the Royal Academy of Music in London and graduated with first class honors with a B.Mus. (jazz) degree in 2008. Since then he has become a mainstay on the London scene while performing with the Kit Downes Trio, The Tommy Smith Group, Will Vinson, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Kurt Elling, Martin Speake, Martin Kershaw and Sheila JordanVisit artist website Listen
An innovative presence on the UK music scene, Glaswegian Corrie Dick is a musician recognised for his fluency, gritty sound and euphoric abandon on the drum kit. In recent years he has caused a stir in the UK and European jazz scene with his prolific and diverse activity, touring with Dutch sax tyro Maarten Hogenhuis, the trio of Azeri pianist Isfar Sarabski and trumpet sensation Laura Jurd’ s ensembles Dinosaur and Human Spirit. His debut album ‘ Impossible Things’ released earlier this year also displays his impressive abilities as composer/lyricist by skilfully fusing Celtic folk and contemporary jazz with North African percussive influences.Since his graduation as a gold medal student from the jazz course at Trinity Laban, Corrie has honed his playing and composing within the ranks of the renowned Chaos Collective – an organisation and record label founded by Corrie alongside his closest collaborators; BBC New Generation artist Laura Jurd and European Jazz Artist of the Year Elliot Galvin. He is a crucial element in the sound of Euro-prog-jazz outfit Blue-Eyed Hawk as well as “Qualia”, the new project of international powerhouse, Danish bassist Jasper Høiby. The “young master of contemporary grooves”has studied traditional music in Ghana and Morocco where the rhythm is rich and layered, and also in his home land of Scotland where rhythm and melody have melded for centuries and is celebrated as BBC’s “Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2013”. Corrie is an original, open-minded questing talent who is destined to extend the parameters of the local scene further and make his mark well beyond.Visit artist website Listen
David Bowden is an award-winning double/electric bass player and composer currently making a name for himself on the Scottish scene. Originally from London, David moved to Glasgow in 2011 to study on the Jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with a 1st class honours degree and winning the prestigious Yamaha Jazz Scholarship. David is co-leader of the critically acclaimed quartet Square One, winners of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Jazz award, described by Julian Joseph as ‘a soulful and empathetic band with irresistible charisma.’ He is a member of the Fergus McCreadie Trio and has performed with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He also runs and curates ‘Jazz at the Butterfly and the Pig’ – a Wednesday night session in Glasgow, which has become a staple of the scene and features many leading Jazz musicians from Scotland, the UK and further afield. Recent performance highlights have included Jazz festivals across the UK as well as performances in the Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Holland and Zambia. He is also active as an educator, having worked with RCS Musicworks, SYJO, Fife Council and Sistema Scotland and as a 2016 National Youth Jazz Collective Ambassador.Visit artist website Listen
Declan Forde was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1992. In 2014, after completing his Bachelor studies at Leeds College of Music he relocated to Berlin and has since established himself as one of the most in demand pianists on the Jazz and Improvised Music scenes there.
He is currently the recipient of the Yorkshire Live Music Project Bursary (2014-2016) and was a finalist in the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015. In Berlin Forde plays regularly with The Far East Trio and James Banner’s Eleven as well as Declan Forde’s SPROGGITS – who will release their debut album later this year on U.K. label New Jazz Records.
“Impudent, benign hooliganism.”– Rob Adams, The Herald
“Prodigiously talented.” – Bebop Spoken Here
Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young artists. He showed aptitude for music at an early age, and at twelve years old had set himself on a career in music. By the age of 15, Fergus had already won the U17s Young Scottish Jazz Musician award 2013, and went on to win it a second time the next year, the first time and only time this feat had been achieved. For three years in a row, not only Fergus has been selected to compete in the overall final of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician award (2013, 2014 and 2015), he has been the youngest competitor in all three years. At this point in Fergus’s career he has performed and worked in many different situations. He has performed several times on BBC Radio Scotland’s “Jazz House” and has performed at the Glasgow and Edinburgh International Jazz Festivals. Fergus has also performed in a showcase with the legendary saxophonist Bob Mintzer (The Yellowjackets) and Scottish heavyweight Tommy Smith (Scottish National Jazz Orchestra).Fergus currently studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a full scholarship, where he is taught by Paul Harrison. He performs regularly with his own trio with David Bowden and Stephen Henderson, and is high in demand in Glasgow as a sideman.Visit artist website Listen
Heather Macintosh graduated with a BA in Applied Music from Strathclyde University in 2011. She was born in Glasgow in 1989 the first of three sisters and started playing piano at the age of 9, moving on to saxophone at 13. Whilst studying at University, Heather began working with the Glasgow International Jazz Festival – an association which continues today. She has also worked as a freelance booking agent for several of Scotland’s leading Jazz musicians including Graeme Stephen, Nigel Clark & Tommy Smith, and has previously held the baritone sax chair of the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. Based in Glasgow, she currently works as a freelance musician, teaches woodwind & piano privately, as well as holding the post of woodwind instructor at Belmont House School and Youth Music Initiative practitioner with North Ayrshire Council. She is also the Manager of busy function band ‘Funk Nation’. Heather has been a Board Member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for the last four years and has recently joined the board of the Scottish Jazz Federation.
Helena Kay started playing alto saxophone when she was 11 years old and was introduced to jazz when her first teacher gave her a Charlie Parker CD. It was when she joined the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra that her love of jazz grew, as well as joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland when she was 16. A couple of years later she joined the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, who she’s still playing with today. She is currently in her fourth and final year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying with Malcolm Edmonstone, Martin Speake, Gareth Lockrane and Christian Forshaw.
In June 2015 she won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition on tenor saxophone (an instrument-switch inspired by her love of Sonny Rollins). She plays regularly in a trio with David Ingamells and Misha Mullov-Abbado, and is very happy to be playing trio with David and Calum Gourlay in the Glasgow Jazz Festival.Listen
Bass player Joe Rattray grew up in Dundee and moved to Glasgow in 2005 to study on Strathclyde University’s BA Applied Music course. From there, he met and worked with a wide range of musicians, playing across a multitude of musical genres. As a founding member of Admiral Fallow, Joe has performed all over the world, including Australia, the USA and all over Europe with the band. Having released their 3rd album ‘Tiny Rewards’ on Nettwerk Productions in 2015, the band are currently working on the follow-up. Admiral Fallow have also collaborated and performed with artists and ensembles such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lau, Auricle Ensemble, and in 2016 worked on a brand new commission with renowned American percussionist and composer Steve Forman. ‘Common Ground’ was premiered at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church in January, as part of Celtic Connections 2016. Joe has also performed and recorded with artists such as Rachel Sermanni, The Boy Who Trapped the Sun, Kitty the Lion, Prehistoric Friends, Babe, Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai) and many more.
In 2014, Joe began working with Scottish promoter Synergy Concerts as a booking assistant, and moved into the position of in-house booker at The Hug and Pint when it opened in June 2015. With a longstanding love of Jazz in all its forms, Joe has programmed a series of concerts at The Hug and Pint for Glasgow Jazz Festival 2016, including Mammal Hands (new album produced by Matthew Halsall on Gondwana Records) and a Scottish debut from Pete Josef (Sonar Kollektiv).Visit artist website Listen
Joe is a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger based in Glasgow, in his finalyear of study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He regularly performs in the Scottish jazz scene with various ensembles, notably as a leading member of quartet Square One, winners of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2015. Joe is a prolific composer, writing much of the music for Square One, as well as writing pieces for larger ensembles that have been performed live on BBC Radio Scotland, and featured in the Royal Conservatoire’s festival of original musicVisit artist website Listen
Joe Wright is an award winning saxophonist and electronic musician working around the UK as an improviser, sound designer, composer and musical director. He is currently a full time PhD student at Birmingham Conservatoire, a member of the electro-instrumental improvising trio duck-rabbit, performs improvised solo saxophone sets, and works as the musical director of the children’s music & movement company aboutNOWish. All of his musical activities centre around presenting improvisation and textural sound to different audiences in various settings.Visit artist website Listen
East Kilbride Birmingham
John Fleming studied at Birmingham Conservatoire receiving tuition from Jean Toussaint, Julian Siegel, Mike Williams and visiting musicians such as Dave Holland, Mark Turner and Walter Smith III. John won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2010 and in the same year had his first UK tour with his quartet. Since graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire he performs regularly at venues and jazz festivals across the UK.Visit artist website Listen
Born in Greenock, Scotland, 12/12/1992 John Patton took up the guitar at age 7 and was self taught until late in high school when he joined Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra and began to have an interest in Jazz. He has now performed along side some of the countries most exciting acts and musicians such as Fat-Suit and Tommy Smith as well as having performed throughout Europe and also at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. John has also performed some of his own compositions live on the BBC Jazz House as well as receiving regular radio play of his recorded tracks on other stations. Patton is always creating new music and released his debut album Green 14 in 2015 which features some of the best talent on the Scottish Jazz scene Green 14 is available to buy from CD baby as a digital download. John has recently finished his 3rd year of his Jazz degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Jazz giant Tommy Smith. He is set to move to Malaysia in August to begin teaching guitar, bass and drums at the international school in Kuala Lumpur. John was also featured in this years Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year which had only 5 places to offer and featured some of the best upcoming jazz talent in Britain.
John will be playing a free show at Beacon Art’s Centre in Greenock during this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival on Tue 21 June at 7pm.Visit artist website Listen
Jonathan Silk is a drummer and composer regularly performing across the UK and Europe. As well as being an in demand musician for many other projects including Birmingham based TROPE, Soweto Kinch and Young Pilgrims to name a few, he is currently working on new music for his own contemporary band. Alongside this, he recently received a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, supporting his Big Band project which is due to release it’s second album on Birmingham’s Stoney Lane Records later this year. He won the BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 2014 and has since been performing at many of the major UK jazz festivals with his contemporary small band.
Jonathan will be playing with Soweto Kinch Quartet at St Luke’s during this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival.Visit artist website Listen
Kevin Garrity is a jazz trombonist based in Glasgow. Having learned to play trombone at his school in North Lanarkshire, he quickly went on to become involved in some of Scotland’s premier youth jazz orchestras including SYJO, NYJOS and the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and twice reached the final of BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year. At the age of 18 he earned his first performance with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra andhas since recorded on their album, ‘Torah’ and played on projects with artists such as Bill Evans and Grammy Winners Randy Brecker and Kurt Elling. He has also performed with artists as diverse as Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and folk artists such as ‘Blue Rose Code’Listen
Kieran McLeod is an award winning jazz trombonist and composer from Aberdeen. He is a current member of the Julian Argüelles Septet, Iain Ballamy’ s Anorak XL, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and the Keith Tippett Octet. Since moving to London, Kieran has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music’ s Jazz course and has performed with artists of international fame such as Snarky Puppy, BBC Big Band, Ken Peplowski and Stan Sulzmann. As a bandleader, Kieran is regularly touring the UK with his sextet,‘ New World’ and his 30 piece Big Band, ‘ Human Resource System’ who have been described as “possibly THE top band of rising talent on the London scene”. Kieran has recently been touring festivals in Cuba with Nomad Collective and across Europe with both Riot Jazz and Young PilgrimsVisit artist website Listen
Trumpeter Kim Macari has maintained a busy schedule of performing and recording since moving to England to study jazz in 2008. After graduating, she received an Emerging Excellence Award which supported private study in New York with Ingrid Jensen and Ralph Alessi. From 2012 to 2014, Kim co-led LOCUS with fellow Scot Leah Gough-Cooper, a group which played at many major UK jazz festivals, toured the UK twice and recorded for New Jazz Records.Currently, she is writing for and performing with Family Band, a chordless quartet inspired by the work of Ornette Coleman and Peter Evans amongst others. Family Band has recently launched their debut album and was announced as one of 10 ensembles selected for Jazz North’s Northern Line scheme in 2016/17. In addition to her work as a musician, Kim is also involved in jazz industry work. Her organisation, Apollo Jazz Network, recently received a large scale Arts Council England grant to establish a touring network for jazz in the North of England. The Orpheus Project will bring prominent US jazz musicians to the UK to work with British musicians and develop new work.
“Kim is one of the young players who will promote jazz and push it to its limit. Her energy is boundless”– Duncan Lamont
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Originally from Dundee, Mark began playing drums at the age of 13, playing in various school ensembles and bands such as orchestras, funk bands, big bands and a steel pans band. Mark progressed rapidly and won various awards at Dundee Schools Music Festivals while also performing outside of school in various other bands and projects. Accepted onto the BA Applied Music course at the University of Strathclyde in 2009, Mark really began to push himself and further his playing. Exposed to various styles of music on a daily basis Mark’s musical pallet grew immensely as he began performing in various bands and ensembles in Glasgow. Mark graduated with a 1st classhonours degree from the BA Applied Music course while also receiving an Alexander Stone Award for excellence in his final recital. Shortly after graduating Mark found himself performing live on BBC Radio Scotland as a competitor in the BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2013. Since then Mark has been performing professionally with various bands including The Scott Wood Band, Fat-Suit and most recently Mànran. Between these bands Mark has been involved in a lot of recording and gigging, including extensive tours of Europe and more recently Australia.Visit artist website Listen
Glasgow based Pianist/composer Peter Johnstone is fast becoming recognized as one of the leading lights in British Jazz. After winning the BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 2012 and being chosen to take part in the 2013 Yamaha Jazz Scholars project, Peter is now working mainly with his trio featuring bassist Brodie Jarvie and drummer John Lowrie which played at the London Jazz Festival. He recently toured to New York with Saxophonist Paul Towndrow to play at the Rochester Jazz Festival and has just recorded a debut album with award winning quartet Square One. He is currently about to finish his masters in classical piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Other current projects include the Peter Johnstone Organ Quartet, Animus Quartet and The Brodie Jarvie septet.Visit artist website Listen
Vocalist, Rachel Lightbody is a young talent based in Glasgow. Growing up in Chicago she was immersed from a very young age in the sounds of American song. From Billie Holliday to James Taylor, the family home was always filled with music and sparked Rachel’s early interest in performance. Fast-forward to today and you’ll find her constantly singing with peers and mentors live and in the studio across Scotland, as well as teaching and working creatively in the community. Upon attending Strathclyde University’s BA Applied Music course, Rachel became involved in many different styles as well as the thriving and ever changing live music scene in Glasgow. She graduated with a first class honours in 2011 focusing on contemporary and jazz vocal as well as composition. It was at university were she would meet musicians and be exposed to different genres which would inspire her musical movements and enable her voice to grow into a versatile and mature instrument. Rachel has worked with artists such as Fat-Suit, Flembot, Bella Hardy, Tom Gibbs amongst others.
As well as a singer, Rachel has also worked extensively as a teacher, focusing mostly in the areas of singing, songwriting and group work. Working with students ranging from all walks of life. “The energy that is created from a room full of people singing together is second to none. I strive to create that energy in my students everyday, in order to release the profound effects music has on us.”
Rachel will be playing a free show at Beacon Art’s Centre in Greenock during this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival on Fri 24 June at 7pm.Visit artist website Listen
East Kilbride Birmingham
Richard Foote is a Jazz trombonist and promoter currently residing in Birmingham. As well as being a busy sideman in many projects across the UK, his main project is Young Pilgrims, a nine-piece brass band that play music rooted in the New Orleans Marching Band tradition but also heavily incorporates influences from rock and Indie. From Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games celebrations to the Paris Jazz Festival, they have entertained crowds across Europe with their rock influenced brass band sound. Originating in Birmingham this 9 piece band, began as a commission from the Jazzlines department of Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Led by charismatic Scottish trombonist Richard Foote with members gathered from all over the UK, their music is about anything from imaginary French detective cartoons to all the Little Things that get in the way. Their brass heavy sound takes influence from the great New Orleans Second Line tradition and fuses it with contemporary rock grooves, simple yet complex melodies and plenty of improvisation to keep things unexpected. They have performed at a range of festivals and venues including LoveSupreme Festival, a three day residency at the London Jazz Festival, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Lunar Festival, winning fans for their energetic and engaging performances. In their hometown they’ve made a name for themselves with their monthly Pilgrimage shows which began as a monthly residency for the band to develop their music. Now a busy and important night for the scene, each event begins with a lively set from the Pilgrims after which they present guest acts from across the country in the cities legendary Hare & Hounds venue.Visit artist website Listen
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Twenty four year old jazz saxophonist Ruaridh Pattison was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. Aged eleven, he became inspired to learn the saxophone after hearing it played on the BBC television show Blue Peter. He soon discovered jazz and was instantly drawn to the freedom and expression. In 2010 he enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from which he has now graduated with a first class honours degree in jazz saxophone. In 2011 he became the fifth Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year. Following this success he was endorsed by D’ addario Woodwinds (formerly Rico Reeds) and performed at multiple festivals in the UK under his own name. This included performances at Edinburgh, Glasgow and London jazz festivals and being a featured soloist at the 16th World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews, Scotland. In late 2012, Pattison was asked by Tommy Smith to join the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, where he would lead the saxophone section for one and half years. He was the youngest member of the band at the time. Pattison had to leave his chair when he moved to New York City in August 2014. He is soon to graduate from the highly prestigious Juilliard School where he studies under Joe Temperely and Joe Magnarelli.Visit artist website Listen
Scott Murphy’s (b.1991) musical journey began at the age of twelve with the Dumfries Youth Jazz Group (DYJG) with whom he had the pleasure to play in Spain, France and Switzerland as well as on a BBC broadcast concert for ‘The Big Gig’ with Julian Joseph.
Through his involvement with the DYJG Scott subsequently became lead tenor saxophonist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland (NYJOS) (playing with the likes of Mark Lockheart, Mike Walker, Malcolm Edmonstone and Chris Batchelor amongst others) and theStrathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO). These experiences drove Scott toward beginning a BA Applied Music Degree at the University of Strathclyde before accepting an offer from theRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland’s (formally RSAMD) to become one of only six students in only the 2nd year of their groundbreaking jazz performance degree.
Following joining and becoming lead tenor saxophonist with the internationally acclaimed youth group the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra (TSYJO), Scott embarked on his studies under the tutelage of Scottish saxophone icon Prof. Tommy Smith at the RCS. Through extensive tuition with Tommy (as well as with Julian Arguelles, Paul Towndrow and Konrad Wiszniewski) Scott has received a saxophone education of exceeding quality. Thanks to the RCS Scott had the privilege of performing with a range of some of the world’s top musicians including Randy Brecker, Arild Andersen and Bill Evans as well as some of the finest in the UK such as Alyn Cosker, Jacqui Dankworth and Steve Hamilton. Graduating with honours in 2014 Scott immediately set about forming a unique voice in British music.
As a key member/manager of Scottish instrumental collective Fat-Suit Scott has contributed various compositions and arrangements to the two recorded albums under the group’s banner. In the summer of 2013 Scott co-founded indie record label Equinox Records through which he part runs Fat-Suit’s diary as well as tours (including the summer 2014 European tour). Fat-Suit are on the cusp of releasing a 3rd album through Equinox with Scott once again a driving force behind it’s conception.
He has appeared at venues such as The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Edinburgh Usher Hall, Glasgow SECC, Birmingham NEC Arena, Barbican, Montreux Jazz Festival, Budapest Jazz Club and many more across the continent. Radio appearances include BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3 as well as television appearances on BBC as well as STV and local broadcasters from Aberdeen to Poland. He’s also been asked a number of times to compose and arrange music for the BBC.
Beyond playing Scott is one of Scotland’s busiest independent music promoters. He curates the highly successful ‘Stretched’ LOUD-jazz club night (running for nearly three years) and will be booking the jazz strand at the brand new multi-platform ‘Restless Natives’ festival in Glasgow in 2016. He also presents the monthly Scottish based Jazz radio show ‘Fresh Jam’ which gives a platform for young and innovative musicians in the UK. As an educator, Scott has lead masterclasses on behalf of SYJO and as part of Fat-Suit. He’s also been an instrumental tutor as part of the BBC Big Band for Lockerbie Jazz Festival, a specialist jazz tutor with SYJO for East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire Councils and an International Educator at the Art Jazz Cooperative Festival (Ukraine).
“A leading light” – BBC Radio Scotland
“superbly talented” – The HeraldVisit artist website Listen
Sean Gibbs is a trumpet player and composer/arranger born in Edinburgh on 12th July, 1993. After growing up playing jazz with ensembles such as The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, he enrolled on the BMus (hons) jazz course at Birmingham Conservatoire aged 18. He graduated from the course with first class honours in June 2015, winning the BMus Jazz prize for ‘overall success on the programme and contribution to the life of the department and fellow students’. During his time at the conservatoire, he studied with esteemed trumpet players Percy Pursglove and Richard Iles, alongside many international guest artists, including Mark Turner, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and John Taylor. Sean now performs regularly as both a leader and sideman across the UK and abroad. Some highlights to date include gigs at the Paris, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, Frankfurt’s Jazzkeller and the Love Supreme Jazz Festival. Sean is also a prolific composer/arranger, having written numerous works for big band, including arrangements for legendary vocalists Norma Winstone and Judy Niemack. His critically acclaimed debut big band album Burns, featuring original compositions inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns, was recorded by the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra (which Sean founded and directs) and was described by Herald Scotland as “an undertaking of astonishing maturity”.Visit artist website Listen
“Stephen is a remarkable player: awe-inspiring, intelligent, cool, professional, committed and extremely meticulous in every musical environment he finds himself in.” Tommy Smith
Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June 2015 with first class honours in Jazz, Stephen is currently involved in many different exciting projects. He is one of the 4 members of the band Square One, who in December 2015 won the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. The band has just finished recording their debut album which will be released in October with an album tour launch.
Other groups include: The Fergus McCreadie Trio, with Bassist David Bowden: The Groove Merchant Jazz Orchestra: Sparks Trio (Organ trio with Paul Harrison on organ and guitarist Joe Williamson): The Scottish German Jazz Collective.
When James Torme performed at the Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2014, he requested Stephen to be his drummer after working with him at a highly successful packed out gig at the intimate West end Rio Cafe. James Torme now requests Stephen to play for him whenever he is in the country.
Stephen is also a highly exciting, innovative composer and arranger. Original pieces by Stephen are featured in the upcoming Square One album.Visit artist website Listen