Modern Vikings brings together five of Scotland’s brightest, most creative jazz talents. Formed in 2018 by drummer Stephen Henderson, the group features three Scottish Jazz Award winners – saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski, guitarist Graeme Stephen, pianist/ keyboards player Fergus McCreadie and bassist David Bowden. As with his Scandinavian jazz cousins, Henderson’s compositions feature music with a strong emphasis on melody with the added grooves, urgency and colours of the American jazz tradition
Conceived during the pandemic's first lockdown, The Tomorrow Band are a Scottish-based funk 'n' soul super group. Made up of musicians from established acts - TTB comprise the likes of multi-award-winning jazz musician, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski, former Gilles Peterson percussionist Fraser Heeps, Horse bassist Lorna Thomas, Blue Rose Code guitarist Lyle Watt and The Jellyman’s Daughter vocalist, Emily Kelly, to name but a few.
Performing music from their brand new album Modern Traditions, the Brian Molley Quartet bring their own exhilarating blend of jazz and world music as reflected by their wide and varied travels back to The Blue Lamp. From straight-ahead high-octane jazz to tender ballads, from driving Indian Raga to Scots traditional folk song, Modern Traditions once again demonstrates BMQ’s versatility and is filled with contemporary jazz by a long-established group at the height of their powers.
Dominic Ingham is a violinist and composer who seeks to combine violin techniques from his folk and classical background in order to create a unique way of playing jazz violin. His compositions are influenced by those of Pat Metheny, Ambrose Akinmusire, Vince Mendoza, as well as classical composers such as Ravel and Debussy. Dominic’s Quintet features Jonny Mansfield (winner of 2018 Kenny Wheeler Prize) on vibraphone, David Swan on Piano, Will Sach on bass and Jay Davis on drums.
This quintet was formed in 2014 out of existing musical friendships between Alex Merritt, John Turville and brothers Steve and Matt Fishwick with Mick Coady on bass completing the line-up. The band aims to work towards a collective contemporary jazz aesthetic and approach that has space for their own sounds and language yet remains strongly influenced by the jazz tradition. The title of their new album, ‘Mind-Ear-Ladder’, is an effort to describe a process of thought becoming sound, and the ladder that must inevitably be climbed in the development of the mind, and person, in order to actualise this.
Richard’s first album Eclipse was written and recorded back in early 2020 and due to the pandemic, has never been performed live. The music was heavily inspired by John Coltrane's classic quartet, and was awarded the RCS George Duncan Award for Jazz Composition in 2020. Eclipse features Simon Herberholz on tenor saxophone, Matthew Kilner on tenor saxophone, Fergus McCreadie on piano and Ewan Hastie on double bass.
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