5 Reasons To Go See - Fife Jazz Festival

5 Reasons To Go See - Fife Jazz Festival
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Various venues, Fife, Fri 6–Sun 8 Feb.

Fat Sam's Band

Toe-tapping tunes covering everything from jump-jive to swing and jazz greats from Glenn Miller to Fats Domino from this nine-piece led by Hamish McGregor.

Niki King and Marcus Ford

Tender and intimate acoustic ballads and sophisticated standards from the star jazz-chanteuse and talented guitarist. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.

Mario Caribe Quartet

The Brazilian bassist mixes up a heady brew of Latin jazz.

Fraser Speirs and Batchelors of Jazz

Virtuoso harmonica player Fraser Speirs joins forces with trad jazz band Batchelors of Jazz. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.

Stan Tracey Quartet

The great English jazz pianist will be joined by saxophonist Simon Allen, plus guests Martin Kershaw and trumpeter Ryan Quigley. 'Part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival'

Morten Gunnar Larsen

Pianist Larsen presents 'Rags, Stomps and Stride'.

John Jorgenson

The world-renowned guitar virtuoso who has played with everyone from Pavarotti to David Crosby (and Elton John, too - for 'six whole years' - imagine that).

Stan Tracey Trio

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'.

Nimmo Brothers and Gillian Christie

Glasgow's top blues brothers supported by up-coming singer/songwriter.

Iain Millar and Dominic Spencer

Piano and saxophone duo performing melodic jazz.

Stephen Duffy Swing a Song of Ella

Stephen Duffy pays tribute to the vocals of Ella Fitzgerald. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.

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…

Jackie Leven and Doghouse Roses

Respected blues/rock vocalist Jackie Leven performs, with support from the folky DR.

Swing 2009

An evening of jazz favourites from this well-established Hot Club-style unit, including music by Benny Goodman Acker Bilk and Duke Ellington. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.

Late Night Jam Session

An informal jammin' session in the bar. 'Part of Fife Jazz Festival'.

Tom Gordon: Mirror Image

Leading jazz drummer Tom Gordon steps up.'Part of Fife Jazz Festival'.

Martin Taylor Salutes Stephane Grappelli

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'.

Calum Gourlay Trio

Young Dunfermline bassist Calum Gourlay performs with his trio, featuring Kit Downes (piano) and James Madden (drums).

Tommy Smith & Jacob Karlzon

Another special collaboration between saxophonist Smith and Swedish pianist Karlzon playing a mix of jazz with a folk edge. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.

Bruce Adams, Angie King & Friends

After Hours late night jazz session with trumpeter Adams and vocalist King. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.

Fraser Fifield Trio and Jacob Karlzon

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'.

Calum Gourlay Quintet

The Dunfermline bassist making waves on the London jazz scene plays a hometown show with his chamber jazz quintet. 'Part of Fife Jazz Festival'.

Batchelors of Jazz and Grace Black Trio with Fraser Burke and Kenny Irons

Traditional jazz led by Fife trombonist and vocalist Dave Batchelor, double bill with vocalist Black joined by pianist Burke. 'Part of the Fife Jazz Festival'.

Fraser Fifield Trio and Jaco Karlzon Solo

Unique blend of traditional Scottish, jazz, Balkan and Latin music.'Part of Fife Jazz Festival'.

Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer

Saxophonist Millar and pianist Spencer perform classic jazz standards and new tunes.

Havana Swing

Gypsy jazz ensemble from Dundee pays homage to the music of Django Reinhardt and his contemporaries.

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