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Jazz fest grant

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.

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