Scottish Jazz Expo at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

This article is from 2009

Konrad Wiszniewski

New bands and fresh collaborations brim to the surface with national pride

Like the Homegrown weekend at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, the Scottish Jazz Expo is aimed at raising the profile of our country's musicians. This year’s programme includes an impressive range of the most exciting developments here, alongside projects combining home-based and international musicians. The Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra will perform two very different concerts, the first led by Joe Temperley and featuring the music of Duke Ellington, and the second a new commission from pianist David Milligan based on Robert Burns, with participation from a number of folk musicians (company which Milligan keeps on a regular basis in any case).

Mention of Burns inevitably evokes Homecoming, and saxophonist Phil Bancroft will celebrate that theme in Home, Small as the World, a multi-media investigation of the whole idea of ‘home’. Collaborations include Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra with Alan Barnes, Tommy Smith with Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon, Martin Taylor with French guitarist Sylvain Luc and Raymond MacDonald with French pianist Sophia Domancich. The wide-ranging showcase also features Stu Brown’s Raymond Scott Project, the saxophone quartet Brass Jaw, and bands led by Colin Steele, Konrad Wiszniewski (pictured), Ryan Quigley, Alyn Cosker and Tom Gordon.

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Phil Bancroft

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Alyn Cosker Group

Aberdeen-born drummer who drives Tommy Smith's bands as well as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, with his quartet.

EJF Orchestra, Director Joe Temperley

The inaugural concert for the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra. Homecoming for one of Scotland’s most celebrated jazz musicians. In his eightieth year, the saxophonist is busier than ever, as a member of New York’s Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and as a small group soloist and leader. He left Lochgelly to go via…

Joe Temperley Quartet with Carl Majeau

No other Scot has attained so much in jazz. The saxophonist left the Fife coalfields to play with Humphrey Lyttelton in London and then to New York, and today is a founding member of Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Orchestra. “The most soulful sound ever to come out of Scotland" (Wynton Marsalis). In his eightieth year…

Ken Mathieson Classic Jazz Orchestra

Playing the music of Benny Carter. Ken Mathieson's octet features the cream of Scottish classic jazz talent, joined tonight by the effervescent clarinettist and alto saxophonist Alan Barnes playing Carter’s role. A rare chance to hear music by one of the great giants of swing to bop. "Terrific music, imaginative…

Konrad Wiszniewski Quartet

A commanding figure on the bandstand the tenor saxophonist is “a real force to be reckoned with” (BBC Radio 3). Passion, enthusiasm and formidable technique playing bright attractive contemporary tunes.

Phil Bancroft's Home

Phil Bancroft (saxophones), Paul Harrison (keyboards), Mario Caribe (bass), Graeme Stephen (guitar),