Full line up announced for The Fife Jazz Festival

Fife gets a swing in its step for the first weekend in February as the 6th Fife Jazz Festival comes to venues, big and small, across the Kingdom.  The impressive line-up includes something for all tastes, from jazz enthusiasts to those looking to dip into jazz for the first time!

International jazz stars and top artists from the Scottish jazz scene will take to 15 stages presenting a combination of world-premieres, Scottish debuts, new collaborations alongside some Festival favourites.

Mud Morganfield, eldest son of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters, brings star power to Dunfermline and St Andrews, fresh with a soulful new album and recent appearance on Later … with Jools Holland. He headlines at Carnegie Hall with support from the brilliant young Finnish guitarist and vocalist, Erja Lyytinen.

Two critically acclaimed singers from New York come to Fife for their Scottish debuts. Young pianist and singer, Champian Fulton, has been praised as one of the most gifted jazz singers of her generation and has been compared to jazz greats such as Billie Holliday; and the Grammy-nominated Carla Cook is a true jazz diva who puts soul and charisma into every performance.

The Festival is thrilled to welcome back two exceptional groups from Sweden. The Norrbotten Big Band, one of the leading big bands in the world, will play the music of renowned jazz artist and composer, Charles Mingus. The Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra will play in a highly anticipated return performance with Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Also back for a rollicking night of boogie woogie, blues, jump jive and swing is festival regulars Red Stripe Band, who play to a packed house every year.

FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY

Graeme Stephen, Nosferatu

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

19.45

The brilliant guitarist and composer has an acclaimed track record composing and performing music with silent films. Here’s his new project, accompanying F. W. Murnau’s German silent classic – and some say, the most frightening of all Dracula adaptations – with music for guitar and cello, featuring Stephen’s duo with cellist Ben Davis, leader of the Mercury Prize nominees, Basquiat Strings

www.graemestephen.com

Norrbotten Big Band Play Mingus / Alexander+Rotondi

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

20.00

The Festival opens with a night of five star jazz. One of the leading Big Bands in the world return to Scotland exclusively for Fife Jazz Festival, and with the renowned Michael Abene at the helm, present the magnificent music of Charles Mingus, one of the great iconoclasts of jazz. Deep soul, New Orleans, gospel music, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk all influenced the most passionate and exciting of modern jazz composers.
Opening the show is the absolutely top drawer New York band of trumpeter, Jim Rotondi, and saxophonist, Eric Alexander. These guys can groove and swing like the classic Blue Note bands of the 50s.

www.norrbottenbigband.com

Angie King With Ken Mathieson CJO / Champian Fulton

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

20.00

A night of classic jazz vocals. Two of the best jazz singers around – one from Scotland, one from New York – present an evening in the company of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and their peers. King sings with the brilliant nine-piece band led by drummer and arranger, Mathieson. Champian Fulton is the red-hot star of New York swinging jazz. She plays piano and sings, tonight with just swinging bass accompaniment.

www.angiekingsinger.com

www.champian.net

The Nimmo Brothers + Stevie Nimmo solo

Elmwood College, Cupar

20.00

A Stevie and Alan Nimmo’s twin guitar led blues-rock band bring an energy and excitement rarely heard since the early 70’s. They write great tunes, play with passion, emotion and intensity, and feature two of the great vocal and guitar talents on the international blues scene. Why haven’t you heard? They don’t play as often as they might (Stevie lives in France, Alan fronts the great King King), and have been badly overlooked by the mainstream media – if they had been born 30 years earlier, they’d be up there with Free or Bad Company. Check them out now, especially as the gig will also feature Stevie’s unique solo set.

www.bluearmadillo.com 

King Louis & The Primas

Public Hall, Strathmiglo

20.00

Jump/jive music from a great new band that plays the music of Louis Prima – the man who put r’n’b and swing together to make a dance floor phenomena in the great jazz age. This is up-tempo party music, packed with good vibes, fun and entertainment, and with trombonist and vocalist, Dave Batchelor fronting everything up, it’s a guaranteed good time.

www.kinglouisandtheprimas.co.uk

Carla Cook Quartet

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

20.00

“A real presence! A mad-loose straight ahead jazz diva with a gospel soul, big band heart, classical cool and improvisational hot. And what a beautiful voice – warm amber-hued” (Jazz Times). “She isn’t a dewy blonde or a post adolescent waif, so Carla Cook would seem to be facing a rocky path across the current jazz terrain. But she can sing, really sing. Cook can cook!” (Time Magazine). All the critics say the same thing, here’s one of the great jazz singers of our time – from New York, for one night in Fife, with her great US Band: Darryl Ivey (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), and Willard Dyson (drums).

www.carlacook.com

SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY

Inverkeithing Community Big Band

The Bay Hotel, Kinghorn

13.30

With special guests: Richard Ingham, Sue Mackenzie

Fife Jazz Festival debut for the band that keeps the traditions of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman etc alive in South Fife.  Margaret Douglass directs the band and will feature two of the leading saxophonists in the country as soloists.

www.communitybigband.co.uk

Nova Scotia Jazz Band

St Michael’s Inn, St Michaels

13.30

One of the most popular and swinging dixieland bands in Scotland, Nova Scotia are part of a new breed of younger musicians revisiting the exciting music of traditional jazz. Clarinettist and saxophonist, John Burgess, steeped in the music of Alex Welsh and Eddie Condon, is the energetic leader of a band that plays hot jazz Chicago style, with real drive and passion.

novascotiajazzband.webs.com

Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra, Fife Jazz Orchestra, Helena Kay

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

16.00

From communities across the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden come a band of young musicians with a fantastic reputation for musicianship and high-quality performance. They knocked us out on their last visit two years, when they combined with Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra in a memorable finale. This time, they’ve got together to play some special music in a double band format. The concert will also feature the alto and soprano sax playing of recent FYJO graduate and young star of the Scottish jazz scene, Helena Kay.

www.fyjo.co.uk

Champian Fulton Trio

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

19.45

“The best new singer I’ve heard this year – make that several years”. The Village Voice’s Francis Davis is the doyen of New York Jazz critics, and he knows a new star when he hears one. What’s more “she’s a fine, splanky pianist” who revels in Tin Pan Alley – all the great old songs from the classic jazz era.

www.champian.net

Mud Morganfield Band, Erja Lyttinen

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

20.00

Muddy Waters’ eldest son uncannily resembles the great blues-man, both in looks and as a singer. He’s got a stunning band as many who heard the knock out appearance last month on Jools Holland “Later” will testify. They carry the torch on a great tradition. Muddy was the biggest influence on the British blues and rock scene of the 60’s – from the Rolling Stones to Fleetwood Mac to Eric Clapton – and his delta and Chicago blues electrified and excited audiences, just as his son’s new band is doing in 2012. “It’s almost like having the old man back again” (Mojo).

mudmorganfieldsite.com

Lyytinen is a sensation too, a guitarist and vocalist who can tear up any blues-rock gathering. She’s got a nickname as the Bonnie Raitt of Finland, but she and her band are so powerful they rock every Festival and club they play. Sure to be one of the biggest international blues stars of the future.

www.erjalyytinen.com

Red Stripe Band

Rothes Hall, Glenrothes

20.00

Festival favourites, Red Stripe and his seven- piece band, are back with another rollicking night of boogie woogie, blues, jump jive, swing, and rock n’roll. They’ve played to packed houses in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline and now it’s time for the Rothes Halls to welcome “the closest thing to Jools Holland and his band” (Jazz FM).“Red Stripe’s immediate rapport with the audience and quirky humour makes this show unmissable" (Stephen Fry).

www.red-stripe.info

Norrbotten Big Band Play Mingus. Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

20.00

One of the leading Big Bands in the world return to Scotland exclusively for Fife Jazz Festival, and with the renowned Michael Abene at the helm, present the magnificent music of Charles Mingus, one of the great iconoclasts of jazz. Deep soul, New Orleans, gospel music, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk all influenced the most passionate and exciting of modern jazz composers. Michael Abene is one of the world’s top arrangers and directors, working for Liza Minnelli, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and BB King.
The young musicians from the Arctic Circle play a short opening set.

www.norrbottenbigband.com

Brian Kellock Plays Oscar Peterson, David Blenkhorn Trio

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

20.00

The powerhouse pianist, Brian Kellock, has always been an Oscar Peterson fan, and when Peterson’s most celebrated recording, “Night Train”, turned 50, Brian turned his attention to the maestro and put together a concert of all the tunes from the great album. Time to revel in the brilliance of Scotland’s current piano master, and the genius of Oscar Peterson. The fantastic Australian guitar player opens the show with another Peterson inspired set featuring piano, guitar and bass.

FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY

Graeme Stephen, Nosferatu

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

19.45

The brilliant guitarist and composer has an acclaimed track record composing and performing music with silent films. Here’s his new project, accompanying F. W. Murnau’s German silent classic – and some say, the most frightening of all Dracula adaptations – with music for guitar and cello, featuring Stephen’s duo with cellist Ben Davis, leader of the Mercury Prize nominees, Basquiat Strings

www.graemestephen.com

Norrbotten Big Band Play Mingus / Alexander+Rotondi

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

20.00

The Festival opens with a night of five star jazz. One of the leading Big Bands in the world return to Scotland exclusively for Fife Jazz Festival, and with the renowned Michael Abene at the helm, present the magnificent music of Charles Mingus, one of the great iconoclasts of jazz. Deep soul, New Orleans, gospel music, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk all influenced the most passionate and exciting of modern jazz composers.
Opening the show is the absolutely top drawer New York band of trumpeter, Jim Rotondi, and saxophonist, Eric Alexander. These guys can groove and swing like the classic Blue Note bands of the 50s.

www.norrbottenbigband.com

Angie King With Ken Mathieson CJO / Champian Fulton

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

20.00

A night of classic jazz vocals. Two of the best jazz singers around – one from Scotland, one from New York – present an evening in the company of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and their peers. King sings with the brilliant nine-piece band led by drummer and arranger, Mathieson. Champian Fulton is the red-hot star of New York swinging jazz. She plays piano and sings, tonight with just swinging bass accompaniment.

www.angiekingsinger.com

www.champian.net

The Nimmo Brothers + Stevie Nimmo solo

Elmwood College, Cupar

20.00

A Stevie and Alan Nimmo’s twin guitar led blues-rock band bring an energy and excitement rarely heard since the early 70’s. They write great tunes, play with passion, emotion and intensity, and feature two of the great vocal and guitar talents on the international blues scene. Why haven’t you heard? They don’t play as often as they might (Stevie lives in France, Alan fronts the great King King), and have been badly overlooked by the mainstream media – if they had been born 30 years earlier, they’d be up there with Free or Bad Company. Check them out now, especially as the gig will also feature Stevie’s unique solo set.

www.bluearmadillo.com

King Louis & The Primas

Public Hall, Strathmiglo

20.00

Jump/jive music from a great new band that plays the music of Louis Prima – the man who put r’n’b and swing together to make a dance floor phenomena in the great jazz age. This is up-tempo party music, packed with good vibes, fun and entertainment, and with trombonist and vocalist, Dave Batchelor fronting everything up, it’s a guaranteed good time.

www.kinglouisandtheprimas.co.uk

Carla Cook Quartet

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

20.00

“A real presence! A mad-loose straight ahead jazz diva with a gospel soul, big band heart, classical cool and improvisational hot. And what a beautiful voice – warm amber-hued” (Jazz Times). “She isn’t a dewy blonde or a post adolescent waif, so Carla Cook would seem to be facing a rocky path across the current jazz terrain. But she can sing, really sing. Cook can cook!” (Time Magazine). All the critics say the same thing, here’s one of the great jazz singers of our time – from New York, for one night in Fife, with her great US Band: Darryl Ivey (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), and Willard Dyson (drums).

www.carlacook.com

SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY

Inverkeithing Community Big Band

The Bay Hotel, Kinghorn

13.30

With special guests: Richard Ingham, Sue Mackenzie

Fife Jazz Festival debut for the band that keeps the traditions of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman etc alive in South Fife.  Margaret Douglass directs the band and will feature two of the leading saxophonists in the country as soloists.

www.communitybigband.co.uk

Nova Scotia Jazz Band#

StMichael’s Inn, St Michaels

13.30

One of the most popular and swinging dixieland bands in Scotland, Nova Scotia are part of a new breed of younger musicians revisiting the exciting music of traditional jazz. Clarinettist and saxophonist, John Burgess, steeped in the music of Alex Welsh and Eddie Condon, is the energetic leader of a band that plays hot jazz Chicago style, with real drive and passion.

novascotiajazzband.webs.com

Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra, Fife Jazz Orchestra, Helena Kay

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

16.00

From communities across the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden come a band of young musicians with a fantastic reputation for musicianship and high-quality performance. They knocked us out on their last visit two years, when they combined with Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra in a memorable finale. This time, they’ve got together to play some special music in a double band format. The concert will also feature the alto and soprano sax playing of recent FYJO graduate and young star of the Scottish jazz scene, Helena Kay.

www.fyjo.co.uk

Champian Fulton Trio

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

19.45

“The best new singer I’ve heard this year – make that several years”. The Village Voice’s Francis Davis is the doyen of New York Jazz critics, and he knows a new star when he hears one. What’s more “she’s a fine, splanky pianist” who revels in Tin Pan Alley – all the great old songs from the classic jazz era.

www.champian.net

Mud Morganfield Band, Erja Lyttine

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

20.00

Muddy Waters’ eldest son uncannily resembles the great blues-man, both in looks and as a singer. He’s got a stunning band as many who heard the knock out appearance last month on Jools Holland “Later” will testify. They carry the torch on a great tradition. Muddy was the biggest influence on the British blues and rock scene of the 60’s – from the Rolling Stones to Fleetwood Mac to Eric Clapton – and his delta and Chicago blues electrified and excited audiences, just as his son’s new band is doing in 2012. “It’s almost like having the old man back again” (Mojo).

mudmorganfieldsite.com

Lyytinen is a sensation too, a guitarist and vocalist who can tear up any blues-rock gathering. She’s got a nickname as the Bonnie Raitt of Finland, but she and her band are so powerful they rock every Festival and club they play. Sure to be one of the biggest international blues stars of the future.

www.erjalyytinen.com

Red Stripe Band

Rothes Hall, Glenrothes

20.00

Festival favourites, Red Stripe and his seven- piece band, are back with another rollicking night of boogie woogie, blues, jump jive, swing, and rock n’roll. They’ve played to packed houses in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline and now it’s time for the Rothes Halls to welcome “the closest thing to Jools Holland and his band” (Jazz FM).“Red Stripe’s immediate rapport with the audience and quirky humour makes this show unmissable" (Stephen Fry).

www.red-stripe.info

Norrbotten Big Band Play Mingus. Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

20.00

One of the leading Big Bands in the world return to Scotland exclusively for Fife Jazz Festival, and with the renowned Michael Abene at the helm, present the magnificent music of Charles Mingus, one of the great iconoclasts of jazz. Deep soul, New Orleans, gospel music, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk all influenced the most passionate and exciting of modern jazz composers. Michael Abene is one of the world’s top arrangers and directors, working for Liza Minnelli, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and BB King.
The young musicians from the Arctic Circle play a short opening set.

www.norrbottenbigband.com

Brian Kellock Plays Oscar Peterson, David Blenkhorn Trio

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

20.00

The powerhouse pianist, Brian Kellock, has always been an Oscar Peterson fan, and when Peterson’s most celebrated recording, “Night Train”, turned 50, Brian turned his attention to the maestro and put together a concert of all the tunes from the great album. Time to revel in the brilliance of Scotland’s current piano master, and the genius of Oscar Peterson. The fantastic Australian guitar player opens the show with another Peterson inspired set featuring piano, guitar and bass.

SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY

Champian Fulton Trio, Calum Gourlay Trio

Keavil House Hotel, Crossford

13.30

The charismatic New York singer and pianist is the talk of Manhattan. She covers the classic show songs with an authority that invites comparisons with Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and Errol Garner. Dunfermline's very own superstar of the bass, Calum Gourlay, opens the show with a Trio that swings ala classic Ray Brown and features pianist, Gabriel Latchin.

www.champian.net

John Burgess Select Six

Craw’s Nest Hotel, Anstruther

14.00

A new, all–star line up of Scottish jazz musicians including pianist Brian Kellock, and clarinettist, Forrie Cairns. They play in the style of the great Eddie Condon and Muggsy Spanier Bands of the 40’s and 50’s with songs like “Dippermouth Blues” and “I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” – high octane dixieland jazz.

Dan Block, David Blenkhorn, Brian Shiels

The Woodside Hotel, Aberdour

14.00

From St Louis, Dan Block is a tough and tender tenor saxophonist and a thrilling clarinettist, at home in both modern and swing jazz. He’s one of the most in-demand musicians in New York, playing with everyone from Warren Vache to Dave Liebman. Duke Ellington is a special love, and his latest all Ellington album has been one of the top releases of recent years. Here he is in the intimate surrounds of the Woodside with the brilliant Australian guitar player, Blenkhorn, celebrated for his key role in Django a la Creole, and the effervescent swinging bassist, Shiels. A session for purists and for anyone who wants to find out what makes jazz so special.

www.danblockmusic.com

Tim Kliphuis - Tribute to Stephane Grappelli

Victoria Hall, Auchtermuchty

16.00

The Dutch violinist is one of Europe’s foremost gypsy swing jazz fiddlers, and here he is, with his classic Trio – Nigel Clark/guitar, Roy Percy/bass – turning the spotlight on the man who brought the charm and wizardry to the Parisian Hot Club jazz scene, and went on to delight audiences all over the world. Grappelli’s seemingly carefree style and bountiful technique changed the way people thought about jazz violin and Kliphuis is brilliant at recreating the wonderful sound and easygoing fun that the maestro brought to jazz.

www.timkliphuis.com

Champian Fulton Trio with David Blenkhorn and Dan Block

Lomond Hills Hotel, Freuchie

19.30

The final concert of the Festival brings together three of the international musicians who have been in Fife exclusively for the Festival. The great singer and pianist, Champian Fulton fronts the evening, and invites guest reedman, Dan Block and guitarist, David Blenkhorn to join in the fun, as they create a swinging party to end the Festival in style. By now, we’re sure Champian will be a big favourite, with her infectious personality running right through her top drawer pianism, and expressing itself most directly in the way she carries off the great songs of the American songbook, with the kind of bitter-sweet ease that only someone steeped in the tradition could achieve. A real star!

www.champian.net

www.danblockmusic.com

davidblenkhorn.com

Mud Morganfield

Town Hall, St Andrews

19.30

Muddy Waters’ eldest son has got a new band together and taken the blues world by storm.

Amazingly, he sounds just like his father, and the band play his classic hits: “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “I’m Ready”, “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”… This is the classic Chicago electric blues that Muddy is generally held to have invented, and which in its turn spawned the rock revolution of the 60’s and 70’s. Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Paul Rodgers are among many to have covered Muddy’s music. The band features the brilliant blues guitar slinger, Ronnie Boysen and top harmonica man, West Weston.

mudmorganfieldsite.com

The Fife Jazz Festival is presented by Jazz Scotland, ON At Fife and The Byre Theatre.

Visit http://www.fifejazzfestival.com for full listings and to buy tickets.

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