About


Jazz from Scotland
aims to provide a voice for Scotland and Scottish jazz in the wider UK and International sectors as well as providing a relevant information portal and support network for our musicians.

Formerly known as the Scottish Jazz Federation, there has been a period of consultation and restructuring, but now a new board is in place and as of October 1st 2016, we officially changed our name to Jazz from Scotland.

Since 2016, we have received support from Creative Scotland to produce 6 month pilot scheme of work, attend three key international jazz events and most recently, a large grant to allow us to expand our workload for the entirety of 2018.

Meet The Team:

Kim Macari (Chair)

Originally from Fife and now based in London, Kim Macari is a musician and composer immersed
in the jazz and improvised music scene. Whether as a performer, teacher or a producer, Kim’s
passion lies in the strength of improvised music as a means of expression and a form of empowerment and freedom.

In 2017, Kim was announced as one of the eight musicians selected for the Take Five initiative run
by Serious and was commissioned by EFG London Jazz Festival to create graphic scores in
response to the work of US artist Jasper Johns for his major Royal Academy of Art retrospective.

As an industry professional, Kim sits on the board of the Jazz Promotion Network and mentors musicians in career development and arts funding as well as being on the teaching faculty of the National Youth Jazz Collective.

Lindsay Robertson (Treasurer)

Born in Dundee but raised in Aberdeen, Lindsay is a graduate of Edinburgh University but quickly decided that nursing was a more practical career of choice. Trained at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, she then worked in the NHS and a GP practice for >30 years whilst also bringing up 4 daughters.

Lindsay became involved in music administration through her daughters’ interests and for 7 years,
managed Edinburgh’s International Harp Festival alongside her nursing. During this period, attendance increased annually by >20% to become Europe’s premier harp festival. In 2008, she moved to Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival and for 3years, assisted with logistics and administration at Edinburgh and other jazz festivals.

Joining the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra as Orchestra Manager in September 2010, Lindsay’s
role is to support the SNJO Board, artistic director, Tommy Smith, and the musicians and she has
acquired valuable experience in administration, concert touring, PR, marketing, audience growth,
website & digital development, finance, grant applications and fundraising.
As someone who knew little about jazz, she enjoys hearing and learning about jazz of all genres,
and is keen to try to now support the wider jazz sector through Jazz from Scotland.

 

Kevin Dorian (Secretary)

Kevin Dorrian is founding director of Acumen – one of Scotland’s most respected boutique Public Relations Consultancies and is also a founding director of Scottish Media Training – which offers Press, Broadcast, Social Media and Presentation Training to corporate organisations, NGO’s and Third Sector bodies in Scotland.

He has also been a jazz musician and performer for more than 30 years. Kevin took over programming jazz music from the late Bill Kyle at the renowned Edinburgh establishment Eighty Queen Street until 2009 before being asked to establish and run a new Jazz Club at Whighams Wine Cellars in Edinburgh’s West End. Whighams Jazz Club is now in its 9 th year presenting the very best in local, national and international jazz performances every Sunday night. The Club has grown to become a ‘go to’ venue for jazz in Scotland and is revered across the UK, visited by national and international performers.

As a drummer, Kevin continues to be a regular performer, playing in an assortment of
groupings – from trio to Big Band jazz. He frequently performs at Jazz Festivals and Jazz
Clubs across Scotland and the north of England.

 

Heather Macintosh 

Heather Macintosh graduated with a BA in Applied Music from Strathclyde University in 2011. She was born in Glasgow in 1989 the first of three sisters and started playing piano at the age of 9, moving on to saxophone at 13. Whilst studying at University, Heather’s passion for Jazz led her to volunteer with the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, where she is now a valued member of the festival’s staff.

Having previously held the baritone sax chair with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra & National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland to name but a few, Heather has also worked as a freelance booking agent for several of Scotland’s leading Jazz musicians and now manages busy function band, Funk Nation.

Heather currently works as a freelance musician and as well as teaching privately, is employed as a Youth Music Initiative Practitioner and Woodwind Instructor in North Ayrshire Council. In addition to sitting on the board of Jazz from Scotland, Heather is also a board member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

 

Brodie Jarvie


Brodie Jarvie graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Jazz. During his time there he performed with artists such as Tommy Smith, Peter Erskine, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Wellins and Scottish pop band Texas.

Right now, Brodie lives in Glasgow after completing a Masters in Music from the Conservatorium van  Amsterdam where he was featured on many recordings and was able to tour extensively around central Europe with his own and other projects, he was also played with two of finalist bands in the prestigious ‘Keep an Eye Jazz Award’ two years
running, held in the Bimhuis, Amsterdam every year. He leads his own Quintet playing original compositions and co-leads a quartet with fellow peers called ‘PULL’ who recorded their debut album ‘Pull a String, A Puppet Moves’ on Loumi Records, in 2015. He is also an in demand
sideman in the UK and beyond, in summer 2015 he performed at Rochester Jazz Festival as part of a US tour around the United States with ‘Trio Red’.

 

Contact us: admin@jazzfromscotland.com