Brian Kellock and John Burgess are two of Scotland’s best loved jazz musicians who have played together in a host of jazz and blues bands over the years but here they step out together for their first time as a duo to play the music closest to their hearts, the swinging melodies of Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and Hoagy Carmichael.
Brian Kellock is one of the UK’s finest and most in-demand jazz pianists, acclaimed for a distinctive, swinging, playing style which has classic jazz piano influences at its heart but can never be second-guessed.
For almost three decades, Edinburgh-born Kellock – who has led his own, hugely popular, trio since the late 1980s – has been the first-call pianist for visiting American jazz musicians who appreciate his swinging style, his skills as a sensitive accompanist, his spontaneity and his sense of humour. Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, Joe Temperley, Ken Peplowski, Herb Geller and Red Rodney are some of the diverse musicians with whom he’s played.
In recent years, he has headlined numerous concerts, recordings and tours with the SNJO, cemented links in Australia with trumpeter James Morrison, and in Denmark has appeared annually at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
His love of playing in a duo has resulted in regular tours with Tommy Smith, and celebrated recordings and concerts with Julian Arguelles, Liane Carroll, Carol Kidd and Sheila Jordan.
Kellock’s many accolades include Best CD 2002 and Best Instrumentalist 2003 at the BBC Jazz Awards; Creative Scotland Award 2003, Herald Angel Award 2003 and Jazz Musician of the Year 2011 at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
His next recording will be a solo piano project due for release Spring 2019.