jazzahead! 2017 – A report by JfS chair Kim Macari

JazzAhead! Is an annual trade show held each April in Bremen, Germany. It is one of the largest international gatherings for the jazz sector and features 4 exhibiting days, an education symposium and a number of showcases.

Some facts and figures: 2017 was the 12th JazzAhead and the numbers have grown significantly from 2016; 1, 356 exhibiting companies & organisations, 3,169 professional delegates. The showcase performances are open to the public and in total, 17,600 people attend throughout the weekend.Read more

“Made in the UK” at XRIJF

Jazz from Scotland has just received information that applications for “Made in the UK” 2018 are now OPEN! and are delighted to share the information with all our musicians.

“Made in the UK’ is an annual showcase of British jazz at Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF), which takes place in late June each year. The series was founded by John Ellson (ESIP) & John Nugent (XRIJF) in 2008.

Any Scottish musicians / bands who would like to be considered for the 2018 series at Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival should carefully read the information about the application process, the selection criteria and the details about the costs that are covered and any financial help that may be available to help with other expenses and flights.

This is a great opportunity to consider showcasing in the USA.  Full details are in this link:  https://www.madeintheukjazz.com/made-in-the-uk-2018

NB: The closing date is September 8th

JAZZ PROMOTERS FELLOWSHIP

Help Musicians UK is proud to launch the Jazz Promoters Fellowship; a new pilot programme in partnership with internationally recognised and award-winning jazz composer, educator and record producer, Issie Barratt.

WHAT IS THE JAZZ PROMOTERS FELLOWSHIP?

Based on extensive research revealing that women are still hugely under-represented in jazz, and compelling evidence from two roundtable discussions with industry leaders in 2016, this fully-funded HMUK fellowship has been developed to create a gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands, leading to a more diverse and inclusive jazz scene in the UK. The yearlong Jazz Promoters Fellowship (July 2017 – July 2018) is supported by a host of the UK’s leading jazz promoters and festival organisers. Read more

A Day At JazzAhead!

9am: Wake up. I’ve decided to forego breakfast at the hotel because it means I can do some work in my hotel room instead and we have to man the stand from 10am until 8pm. I have a meeting set up for 11am and I’ve just realised no-one has told me where the meeting is. Furiously and fervently type things until I leave the hotel.

10.30am: Swing by our stand to say hello, drop off stuff and retrieve water. This hall dehydrates you and there’s a risk I’ll leave looking like a raisin. Found out where the meeting is – the French stand.Read more

Young Jazz Winner is David Bowden!

Double bassist David Bowden has been announced as the 2017 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year after a stand out performance at the live final in Glasgow on February 1st.

Five musicians made it through to the final at Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow; David Bowden, Stephen Henderson, Fergus McCreadie, Conor Murray and Joe Williamson. Each finalist played two pieces of their own choice showcasing their talents as improvisers and band leaders, supported by the house band of Euan Burton (bass), Doug Hough (drums) and Steve Hamilton (piano).

The event was produced by Jazz From Scotland as part of a 6 month programme of work funded by Creative Scotland.Read more