Mike Travis

Photo credit: Marc Marnie SJA were saddened to hear of the passing of jazz drummer and a great deal more, Mike Travis. Neil Cooper has written a lovely appreciation of his significant contributions to cultural life in The Glasgow Herald

Fionna Duncan (1939 – 2022)

It is with profound heartbreak that the board of the Scottish Jazz Archive bids farewell to the Queen of Scottish Jazz, our dear friend and poster-girl, Fionna Duncan who passed away in the early hours of the 6th of December. Fionna was the very first to be interviewed for the SJA and performed at our inaugural event. Fionna has been at the centre of Scottish jazz life for over 60

Jim Vincent (1940 – 2022)

SJA are sad to hear of the passing of pianist and eminent scientist Jim Vincent. Jim graced us with a remote interview from his home in the USA during the time of Covid-19 restrictions in 2020 in which he talked of his time in Scotland playing with drummer Bill Kyle and others and his association with Platform. At the end of his reminiscences he plays us out with a spellbinding

Bill Kemp (1941-2021)

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.

Mike Hart MBE (1934-2018)

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