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Jazz Festival goes online one more time

Tue 22 Jun 21

“The last online event before we go live again” say organisers

Langtoun Jazz presents its second online Festival this weekend from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June. Last year saw an amazing 36 bands submit recorded performances for streaming, but this year’s event will be a more streamlined affair, with seven performances over the three evenings. Treasurer Grace Black said:

“Last year musicians were happy just to have some outlet for their music. After so long without live work for musicians, we felt it was important to focus on a few acts and give them a reasonable chance of earning some income from viewer donations, which can be made to the musicians through the web links which will accompany each video performance.”

The programme begins at 7.00 pm on Friday 25th with sets by Gem Trio, a young Fife group from the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra, and local pianist/educator Richard Michael and his daughter Hilary on violin. Both sets were recorded on Saturday 12 June in the Old Kirk in front of a live audience of 53, the first performances in front of an audience in Fife for nearly 18 months.

On Saturday 26th from 7.00 pm viewers can enjoy sets by London-based Scots vocalist Fiona Ross and her sextet filmed at the beautiful Union Chapel in London, exciting London-based Austrian saxophonist Guido Spannocchi and his band, who recently released their first album, and Chesterfield’s Wendy Kirkland/Pat Sprakes Sextet with a Latin jazz programme.

Closing the Festival on Sunday 27th from 7.00 pm are sets by bluesman Blind Allick, in the form of a series of musical postcards shot on location around the Langtoun, and young Dundonian drummer Ciaran Roberts-Osterberg with a set recorded remotely with several colleagues from the jazz course at the renowned Berklee Music School in Boston, USA.

All performances can be viewed on Langtoun Jazz’ Facebook page www.facebook.com/langtounjazz or Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrxb2POjjxp_BpACrSttdlw.

Grace Black continued: “Please donate and support these wonderful musicians as we slowly emerge from lockdown. We all want there to be musicians to entertain us when live music resumes.”

Langtoun Jazz plans to present more live music over the summer in the form of outdoor performances at the Saturday Artisan Markets in Kirkcaldy in July and August. Plans are also in place for live concerts in the Old Kirk in the Autumn, including top Scottish band Roseroom, featuring Glenrothes singer/violinist Seonaid Aitken, and the phenomenal young pianist Fergus McCreadie and his Trio.

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