It just got bigger This is the second jazz festival over in the Kingdom, and it has expanded a good deal, with more venues, more musicians and more diverse programming, not to mention the debut of the new Fife Jazz Orchestra (not to be confused with the long-running Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra).
Fife has a bit of jazz history Most notably in the shape of Lochgelly’s finest, the great baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley, one of the small band of Scottish jazzmen to have made it big in the tough New York scene, but also in Richard Michael’s sterling work with the aforesaid FYJO over the years.
They will be paying tribute to another great Scottish jazzman The Fife Jazz Orchestra will launch with their tribute to bandleader, arranger and composer Tommy Sampson, Scotland’s very own King of Swing, who died in Dunfermline late last year, with local boy Tom Gordon leading the band, Richard Michael conducting part of the gig, and Glenrothes singer Elliott Murray.
There is great jazz in prospect Among others, the bill includes the great Stan Tracey, guitar wizard Martin Taylor (pictured), and Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon in a new duo with Tommy Smith.
You can check out the Kingdom itself With gigs happening in all corners of the Fife, there will be plenty chance to take in the scenery and local attractions.
Eighty-two years old and the Ellington/Monk-inspired English jazz pianist is still going strong, joined by young tenor saxophone player Simon Allern, bassist Andy Cleyndert and drummer Chris Dagley. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.
Fife Jazz Festival covers all the bases: from traditional to avant-garde, from international productions to homespun community events, from the biggest names in jazz to newcomers. Uniquely, the festival takes place throughout Fife from Crossford to St Michaels, from Dunbog to Burntisland, with major concerts taking place…
Guitar maestro Martin Taylor is joined by Romanian Florin Nicolesci and French bassist Marc-Michel Le Bevillon, to play music of the gypsy jazz tradition, in recognition of the work of virtuoso jazz fiddler Stephane Grappelli. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.
World-class piper, soprano saxophonist, and low whistle player of Salsa Celtica backed by electric guitar jazz grooves from Graeme Stephen and drummer Tom Bancroft plus a solo show from Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.