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10 August 2019Top Scottish jazz musicians set for new Leith concert series

Popular Edinburgh promotions Jazz at St James return on Saturday 21st September with guitarist Kevin Mackenzie’s trio opening the autumn series.

Mackenzie, who has worked extensively in both jazz and folk music, recently released his enthusiastically received The Ballad of Future Joe album and his group, which features Mario Caribe on bass and Doug Hough on drums, will be playing music from this recording at St James.

Exciting young pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio follows on Saturday 26th October. McCreadie and his rhythm team, bassist David Bowden and drummer Stephen Henderson, have been serial award-winners in recent years.

Among their collective successes have been the coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize in 2016 and the Best Album title at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019, while McCreadie won Best Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2018 and Bowden won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year in 2017. Bowden and Henderson also won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize with the band Square One and Henderson was chosen as a Jazzwise One to Watch in 2018.

The last concert in the Jazz at St James autumn series, on Saturday 16th November, sees the New Focus Duo – pianist Euan Stevenson and saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski – present their Classical Connection examination of the common ground between jazz and classical music. At the recent Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival this won them a five-star review from Keith Bruce of The Herald.

Jazz at St James concerts take place at St James Scottish Episcopal Church in John’s Place, Leith. Tickets cost £12 (£8 for under 16s) and are available from 08749 509407 or jazzatstjames18@gmail.com

 

 

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