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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 34th Glasgow Jazz Festival will now be held virtually from Wednesday 17 until Sunday 21 June 2020. Over the 5 nights that the festival was due to take place, we will continue to support our homegrown Scottish jazz talent by streaming exclusive live performances and screenings.
All of these fantastic artists can be viewed live from the comfort of your home via the My Player streaming service at the scheduled timings each day. Alongside this, additional music from the vibrant Scottish jazz scene can be enjoyed at your leisure on the Glasgow Jazz Festival social media channels over the five festival days.
Wednesday 17 June
7.30pm Fergus McCreadie from The Blue Arrow
Fergus McCreadie burst onto the national scene with his self-released debut album Turas in 2018. Rooted in a Scottish folk tradition and expressing advanced rhythmical flair, the album sparked a wake of interest, collecting Album of the Year at the Parliamentary and Scottish Jazz Awards and shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019. In 2018 he was a BBC Jazz Musician of the Year Finalist.
8.30pm Birds of Paradise Carla Bley in Glasgow Documentary
In July 1992 acclaimed jazz composer Carla Bley brought her new composition to Glasgow International Jazz Festival. Carla Bleys radical new piece Birds of Paradise was specially composed for Glasgow, scoring the violin with the big band. This is her first rehearsal, shown with kind permission of Skyline Productions.
Thursday 18 June
7.30pm Dreams Are Free Bobby Wellins Documentary
Dreams are Free is a celebration of a talented musician, composer and great storyteller. It charts the rise, fall and redemption of critically acclaimed saxophonist Bobby Wellins. He played with the cream of jazz musicians, including Ronnie Scott, Stann Tracey and Charlie Watts, and received critical acclaim for his intense and haunting performances on the seminal track Starless and Bible Black. Yet Wellins struggled to overcome addiction and depression. Ten years of silence followed, before he began to rediscover the desire to play, and self-belief in his ability. Shown with kind permission of Gary Barber.
9.00pm Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is considered by many to be one of Europes foremost contemporary big bands. Founder/Director Tommy Smith established the SNJO in 1995 as a not-for-profit organisation with a crystal-clear artistic vision and core values of versatility, discipline and expression. The SNJO will be showing their performance of Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue from Montreal Jazz Festival 2013.
Friday 19 June
7.30pm Georgia Cécile & Fraser Urquhart from The Blue Arrow
Winner of Best Vocalist at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards, nominated at the forthcoming Jazz FM Awards, and also tipped as One To Watch by BBC Introducing and Jazzwise Magazine, Georgia Cécile is receiving acclaim from audiences and critics on the strength of her live performances. She will be joined by pianist Fraser Urquhart. Since breaking onto the scene eight years ago he has established himself as one of the go-to straight-ahead piano players in Scotland, celebrated for his taste, vast repertoire and for winning Rising Star at the 2017 Scottish Jazz Awards.
9.00pm Brian Kellock from The Blue Arrow
Brian Kellock is a jazz pianist with a distinctive, swinging style which may have classic jazz piano at its heart but can never be second-guessed. One of Scotlands world class performers, who is recognised as a stellar piano talent across the world by musicians such as James Morrison and Michael Moore. Equally at home with mainstream and contemporary jazz styles, Brian plays in the Oscar Peterson / Monty Alexander genre that is closest to his heart. In 2019 he won Best Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards.
Saturday 20 June
7.30pm Euan Stevenson from The Blue Arrow
Euan Stevenson is a Scottish composer, pianist, arranger, songwriter and educator. With over 20 years experience as leader and sideman, Stevenson has performed in clubs, theatres and concert halls throughout the UK, Europe and the US. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, Radio 3, Classic FM and Jazz FM and shortlisted for The Scottish Album of the Year Award and the Scottish Jazz Awards. In 2015, Stevenson was nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Composition.
9.00pm Rebecca Vasmant DJ set
A huge jazz fan, DJ Rebecca Vasmant has already made a name in Glasgow with her Era Suite and Know The Way parties, running a popular record fair with the venerable Sub Club and a monthly spot on BBC Radio Scotland playing contemporary jazz records.
Sunday 21 June
7.00pm Jazz Nights Mixtape on BBC Radio Scotland
Closing our Virtual Festival live on BBC Radio Scotland, Seonaid Aitken looks back with a special mixtape featuring artists who have previously played at the Glasgow Jazz Festival including Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie and the best of Scottish talent.
The Virtual Festival will be free to view, however if you would like to donate to support Glasgow Jazz Festivals Community & Education Fund you can do so via Paypal for Charity.
Although this is not the Glasgow Jazz Festival we had originally planned for 2020, we do hope you will join us to celebrate the talents of the Scottish jazz community during these unprecedented times. Please support the artists however you can, continue to stay safe and we will see you in 2021.
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