We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of the North East of Scotland’s most celebrated musicians, drummer Bill Kemp, at the age of 80. Neil Drysdale has written a fitting tribute to Bill’s place in the hearts of the Scottish jazz community for The Press & Journal.
SJA Board Member Graham Blamire has put a considerable amount of ink to paper in producing an excellent outline of traditional jazz and mainstream in and around Edinburgh. Click HERE to read In the picture, taken in the mid to late 1940s: Drew Bruce (clt), Bob Fairley (tpt), unknown (drms), Bob Craig (tbn), Bill McGregor (bjo), Chris ‘Ma’ Bruce (pno)
Playtime: New Adventures in Music has continued its programming of live, socially distanced concerts during the Covid pandemic and have produced a series of online interviews with local and international artists that have joined the house quartet each week. These can be accessed at https://www.playtime-music.com/interval-interviews
We’re delighted to have had the opportunity in these toughest of times to speak to Rob Adams, Graham Stark and Hamish McGregor who have regaled us with their jazz reminiscences. Head over to the ‘interviews’ tab to take a look.
We’ve added four new interviews conducted online during these times of social distancing. We were joined by Martin Taylor MBE, Lennie Herd, Alan Wallace and Stewart Forbes for reminiscences of their illustrious careers.
An appreciation of the remarkable seven-decade contribution to Scotland’s traditional jazz scene by Graham Blamire. Jim Petrie – An appreciation
We recently prepared a teaser video featuring clips from a selection of our growing body of oral history interviews for screening at this year’s Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Full interviews can be accessed via the ‘Interviews’ tab on this site. We hope you enjoy!
In response to our Scotland-wide request for materials relating to jazz ephemera, these just in from Dundee:
We’ve been busy interviewing a number of musicians central to the building of Scotland’s jazz scene talking about their careers and the people and places that featured in them. You can browse them by clicking on the ‘interviews’ tab on the main menu. We’re now keen to illustrate and contextualise these interviews with any memorabilia that you might have in the attic, the cellar or under your bed. Below is
We’ve added six more interviews filmed for SJA to the site. Contributors joining our existing roll-call of Scottish jazz stalwarts are Kenny Ellis, Jim Petrie, Freddie King, Dick Lee, Colin Steele and Bob Busby. The full roster can be accessed via the ‘interviews’ tab in the main menu.
Learned pipe band drumming in Scouts aged 10 years and bought a drum kit after leaving Scouts. First gig was depping for Kenny Duff in the Jimmy Walker Quintet. In 1951 played on Sunday nights in India Buildings modern jazz club with Ronnie Carruthers and Alex Tait. Nat service in RAF 1952-54 when he played in camp trio in Germany. After return to Edinburgh, played with Tony Fusco band in Picardy Place dance hall
It was with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing on Tuesday, 11th December of Mike Hart (pictured, 2nd from left), founder of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. An appreciation is available from the Scotsman newspaper HERE. You can view a brief history of Mike’s legacy, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival HERE Graham Blamire has written an appreciation of Mike’s contribution to jazz in Scotland which