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07 December 2019
Scottish pianist wins top jazz award with first album

Young Glasgow-based pianist Fergus McCreadie has won the Album of the Year award at the UK’s most prestigious jazz honours, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, with his debut album, Turas.

Recorded with his trio, with whom he has won rapturous receptions across Northern Europe and at venues including London jazz mecca, Ronnie Scott’s this year, the album has already been recognised in the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019, where it won the Best Album category. It was also shortlisted in the Scottish Album of the Year award (SAY), reaching the final ten from an entry of nearly three hundred albums, a rare feat for a jazz recording.

McCreadie, 22, studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated in 2018, and formed his trio with fellow RCS graduates, bassist David Bowden and drummer Stephen Henderson in 2016. They went on to win the Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize later the same year.

Turas was shortlisted in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards alongside recordings by the experienced musicians, saxophonist Jean Toussaint, clarinettist Adrian Cox and top UK band Sons of Kemet. The awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), were held in Pizza Express Live in High Holborn, London on Tuesday this week.

McCreadie, who will be recording the follow-up to Turas with his trio in January, said: “I’m amazed to win this award. I couldn’t have made the album without the great input from David and Stephen and I’d like to thank all my teachers and everyone who has given me encouragement to make a career in music.”

 

Fergus McCreadie (photo by Morgan Shaw)

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