SHETLAND Jazz Club is whooping it up after securing a £25,000 grant from Creative Scotland to help stage next year’s jazz festival between 14 and 17 February at Mareel and other venues across the isles.
Spokesman Jeff Merrifield said that approaches had already been made to Carol Kidd and her guitar accompanist Nigel Clark.
He also hopes that Martin Taylor, Fionna Duncan, Ronnie Rae, Brian Kellock, and Tom Bancroft’s Trio Red might consider participating.
Furthermore he has proposed that internationally renowned saxophonist Tim Garland, who regularly plays with Chick Corea in the US, appear with his group Lighthouse, currently touring in Australia.
A special performance working with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland (NYJOS) is on the cards.
Merrifield said: “It demonstrates the confidence that Creative Scotland has in us for the development and promotion of jazz music in Shetland.
“There was much appreciation of our efforts in staging a first successful festival and an encouragement to produce another of equal stature.”
Leading up to the festival, the jazz club welcomes back to Shetland Tommy Smith’s highly respected group Karma who play in Mareel on Sunday.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 440 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News