George has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Psappha Ensemble and BCMG NEXT, among others. As a 2019 Panufnik Composer, his orchestral work ‘False Summit’ was premiered by the LSO under François-Xavier Roth leading to a further LSO commission to be performed at the Barbican in 2020.
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Scottish composer George Stevenson has worked with musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Psappha Ensemble, Berkeley Ensemble, Assembly Project and BCMG NEXT, as well as dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet. Other works have been commissioned by Moscow Viola Festival, Suzuki Scotland, Pentaèdre and Juncture Ensemble.
In early 2019, George’s orchestral piece ‘False Summit’ was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth through the Panufnik Scheme, leading to a further commission for the orchestra’s 2020/21 season. This year also sees George working again with Manchester-based Psappha Ensemble, as the recipient of the 2019/20 Peter Maxwell Davies Commission.
Past awards include First Prize in the St Magnus Composers’ competition, as well as the Dvořák Prize at the International Dvořák Competition. George was a 2018 PRS Accelerate Scheme composer and winner of ‘The Night With…’ Call for Scores, the Montréal Concert Society Prize and the Risuonanze Festival Call for Scores.
In London George studied with Julian Anderson and Joseph Phibbs, and holds a Masters from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also received an Advanced Diploma in Composition from Moscow Conservatoire under Alexander Tchaikovsky.
Performed by David Pike (organ)
Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward are known for excelling in different genres, yet the two veteran musicians have been running in similar circles before pairing up for touring in 2018. With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, virtuoso guitarist Charlie Hunter has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, and D’Angelo. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight – string guitar and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. Lucy Woodward has been blazing her own path since the 2003 release of her Top 40 radio hit “Dumb Girls”. Not settling for the pop industry standards, she later released albums on the legendary jazz Verve label and on Snarky Puppy label GroundUP Music after much collaboration with the band. She has sung live with with Pink Martini and WDR Big Band and has sung background vocals for icons such as Rod Stewart, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand. Charlie and Lucy toured much of 2018 and rounded with a drummer, they recorded an album based on pocket-heavy renditions of vintage pop and classic standards ranging from Blind Willie Johnson to Terence Trent D’Arby to Nina Simone.
Inspired by the legendary 1956 concert at which Billie’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, David McAlmont gives his unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from her extraodinary life story, with a band led by pianist / MD Alex Webb. The show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, ranging – as did the Carnegie Hall concert – from the optimism of her 1930s work (What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Fine And Mellow) through her 1940s Torch songs (My Man, I Cover The Waterfront) to her self-penned classics Don’t Explain and Lady Sings The Blues – and many more.
Holiday’s memoir ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ remains a unique document. The New York Herald Tribune called it, ‘One of the most candid self-portraits ever painted on a typewriter’, and it retains the power to shock and intrigue more than half a century later.
Singer and songwriter David McAlmont, best-known for his collaborations with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, has long had an interest in jazz, performing at a John Coltrane tribute concert at the Barbican and in 2004 releasing Set One: You Go to My Head, a collection of Cassandra Wilson and Betty Carter-inspired standards. He has also recorded with Courtney Pine, Michael Nyman and David Arnold. In 2016 he recorded the Alex Webb composition Me And My Crazy Ideas for the album Call Me Lucky by Alex Webb and the Copasetics.
Alex Webb is a songwriter, arranger and piano player; his songs have been recorded by jazz vocalists Liane Carroll, China Moses, Alexia Gardner, Mina Agossi and Alexander Stewart, among others. He has created a number of words-and-music productions, including the jazz history shows ‘Lush Life’ (about composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn), ‘Charlie Parker on Dial’ and ‘Cafe Society Swing’ (which has enjoyed two theatre runs in London and one in New York, where it was awarded the New York Times ‘Critic’s Pick’); he recently premiered a musical about Lena Horne, ‘Stormy’ written with writer/actress Camilla Beeput.
Norwegian/Scottish guitarist Haftor Medbøe and Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon join creative forces in the performance of a set of original compositions.
Since first meeting at the Islay Jazz Festival in the Scottish Hebrides 15 years ago, Haftor and Jacob have been slowly hatching a plan to collaborate. At long last they come together on this set, first premiered live as part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2018, that draws on their shared roots and personal influences.
The work evokes a Nordic sensibility with echoes of the Scandinavian jazz tradition as embodied by pianists Jan Johansson, Esbjorn Svensson and Tord Gustavsen. Inspired in part by traces of the region’s folk musics, the album simultaneously meditates on more universal aspects of the here and the now. The project will be toured in the UK and Scandinavia during 2019/20.
One of the most important record labels in the history of jazz — and, by extension, that of American music — Blue Note Records has been home to such ground-breaking artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell and Art Blakey, as well as present-day luminaries like Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones. Through rare archival footage, current recording sessions and conversations with Blue Note artists, this film reveals a powerful mission and illuminates the vital connections between jazz and hip hop.
Fat-Suit take influence from the sounds of the Brownswood recordings, the UK underground jazz scene, and the broad soundscapes of Scottish folk. Within the collective are multi disciplined musicians of jazz, folk, rock, and electronic worlds. They take the stage as an 8-piece on a late club slot, 14 in a concert hall or theatre, to 30 strong in the studio. Fat-Suit’s 4th album is due for release Autumn 2019, with a UK launch tour.
Named as one of Jazzwise Magazine’s “One to Watch in 2019” and nominated for both “Best Band” and “Best EP/Album” at last year’s Scottish Jazz Awards, Graham Costello’s STRATA blend stylistic elements of jazz, minimalism, and celebrated progressive/noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic, winning over audiences with towering dynamics and a raw and genuine enthusiasm. February 2019 saw the release of their debut album “OBELISK” which has garnered much attention from the UK press and beyond, with Clash Magazine calling it “startling, groundbreaking…it explodes definitions to seize fresh space”.
Mezcla are a world/jazz fusion ensemble currently making waves throughout the UK. Led by bass player David Bowden (BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017), Mezcla features some of Scotland’s brightest stars and is attracting attention for its innovative blend of soulful jazz and energetic grooves. Skilfully fusing influences from West Africa to Latin America and beyond, Mezcla’s music is distinguished by its uplifting melodies, shimmering textures, and visceral improvisation.
Nominated for ‘Best Band’ at the 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards, the band have been touted by Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3. Recent highlights have included a sell-out gig at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, BBC Music’s ‘Biggest Weekend’, and London Jazz Festival 2018.
Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing, and selected for the Top-Ten 2019 Jazzwise Magazine ‘Ones To Watch’ list, Scottish Vocalist and Songwriter Georgia Cécile has gained major recognition for her exquisite songwriting and honed vocal delivery.
With sell-out UK festival and club shows, and a flourishing online demand for her music, Cécile has underlined her popularity as an artist who pours pure, raw emotion into her craft.
‘Best Vocalist’ finalist at the 2017 and 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards, and showcased at BBC ‘ Quay Sessions’, Cécile has received acclaim from audiences and critics alike on the strength of her live performance alone. Working towards the release of her debut album in 2019 with award-winning pianist and composer Euan Stevenson, and further tour dates, Georgia Cécile stands at the vanguard of female UK artists.
One To Watch for 2019, the clarity of tone, creativity and ability to sing with genuine emotional depth will take her a long way.” Steve Rubie – Jazzwise Magazine
“A refreshing new voice who delivers with class and style… ” BBC Radio Scotland
“Reaching the top of the Scottish jazz scene”. The Sun
“Cécile is powerful and soulful…” The Scotsman
Award winning guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online
Laura Macdonald is one of the U.K’s most prominent women in Jazz. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of sixteen . In 1995 Laura was given a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated in 1997. Laura became the first winner of the Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1997.In 1998, Laura became lead alto player in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Laura has released 4 c.d’s ‘Laura’ – Spartacus records (2000), “Awakenings’ Spartacus Records (2003, ‘Open Book’ – Imogena Records (2008), ‘Duets’ – Niro Music (2014). 2005 saw Laura win a ‘Take Five’ initiative award funded by the Jerwood Foundation. Laura is a prominent composer being nominated twice for the Paul Hamlyn Composition Award and has been commissioned by Creative Scotland, Commonwealth Games, SNJO, London Jazz Festival, PRS, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Jazz Scotland, The European Jazz Network and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Brian Molley Quintet recreate and reimagine one of the best selling jazz albums of all time, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba. Marking the height of the Bossa Nova craze, and featuring the Grammy winning Desafinado as well as Brazilian classics One Note Samba and Bahia, Jazz Samba rightly holds its place as a tour de force in Jazz and Brazilian Music, with both Getz and Byrd at the height of their powers.
Brian Molley Quintet, featuring Molley/tenor sax, Mario Caribe/guitar, Ross Milligan /guitar, Brodie Jarvie/double bass and Stuart Brown/drums, maintain a healthy respect for the original album whilst bringing to bear their own original interpretations of this genre defining music.
“The finest in UK Jazz” Time Out,
“Assured and Inventive” Scotsman
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 her 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. As well as performing solo Rachel has a busy session-schedule working with artists such as Fat-Suit, Flembot, Alyn Cosker, Siobhan Miller, The Elusive Tree Ensemble and Angus Munro.
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.”