Thursday, 21 October 2010

All new Jazz Scotland

Aberdeen International Youth Festival has relationships with other charities and festivals across Scotland and beyond, the newly created Jazz Scotland being just one. Jazz Scotland, formerly Jazz Aberdeen, is committed to presenting the best of International and Scottish Jazz with shows mainly in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. They will also present the Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife, Islay, Lockerbie and Tay Jazz Festivals throughout the years. AIYF has kindly agreed to take on the management of Jazz Scotland. You can read more about them, and their first ever gig, right here in Aberdeen, below:

Two of Scotland’s foremost jazz promoters have joined forces to form a new and exciting company called Jazz Scotland.

Assembly Direct who currently promote jazz festivals in Dundee, Fife, Islay and Lockerbie and Jazz Aberdeen, the company who transformed Aberdeen into one of the leading jazz cities in the UK have announced the formation of Jazz Scotland.

The new company’s Chair, Neil Gibbons, says “This is a great opportunity for jazz in Scotland. Together we will be able to present a programme of live jazz of the highest quality throughout Scotland. We are already planning a range of initiatives and collaborations which will enable us to present top international and Scottish artists to our audiences."

Regular jazz concerts will be presented in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow with annual festivals in Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife, Islay, Lockerbie and Perth.

Jazz Scotland is also actively developing a network of partnerships with other jazz clubs and promoters to increase the number of venues and opportunities available for jazz. Such partnerships have already been established with Jazz at Hospitalfield in Arbroath, the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh, the Arts and Theatres Trust in Fife, the Islay Arts Association, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association, the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews and Horsecross in Perth.

Jazz Scotland is supported by funding from Creative Scotland, local councils and other arts support organizations and sponsors.

Jazz Scotland’s first concert will be in Aberdeen and will feature legendary jazz/rock guitarist, Mike Stern in a rare club appearance at the city’s Blue Lamp venue on Sunday 31st October. Stern, who made his name with Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius and The Brecker Brothers, co-led a brilliant band with Bob Berg and has led one of the most successful contemporary/jazz groups for over 20 years. This concert will feature French jazz and fusion violin superstar Didier Lockwood as a special guest.

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