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94. Edinburgh-based vocalist Liz Dicks’ command of jazz ballads is clear in this audio of her very lovely rendition of ‘Always On My Mind’.

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93. Something tasty for all you Scottish Trad Jazz fans: the very excellent Tenement Jazz Band with ‘Root Hog Or Die’. Charles Dearness on Trumpet, Tom Pickles on Soprano Sax, Paddy Darley on Trombone, Mike Kearney on Guitar & Vocals & Simon Toner on Bass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPDnnXoMCg8
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92. In-your-face, improvising doom jazz band AKU, from Glasgow, might be seen by some to channel the current zeitgeist. Scottish Jazz Space looks forward to their set at the 2020 Online Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Fest, this Saturday 25th July. Harry Weir (compositions, saxophones, bass clarinet), Liam Shortall (trombone/effects), Graham Costello (drums). Warning: accompanying video contains stylised Samurai violence + some cheeky topical references.

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91. Cowdenbeath’s most famous jazz export, the late baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley achieved great success on both sides of the Atlantic, a particular claim to fame being his recruitment by Wynton Marsalis, to become a founder member of the renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in New York. Is there anything more beautiful than his signature rendition, on bass clarinet, of Ellington’s ‘Single Petal Of The Rose’? 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9uFP5vPSmI
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90. A 6-piece outfit based in Perth, Bohemian Monk Machine must be one of the funnest funk bands around. Get on down to an audio of their ‘Monk Magic’ ! 😀

https://soundcloud.com/user-965176340/monk-magic
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89. Edinburgh-based vocalist Becc Sanderson’s extraordinarily versatile voice takes in jazz & cabaret amongst other styles. Here is an audio of ‘My Old Man’: the crystalline clarity & story-telling qualities are a real delight.

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88. On 6th April, nearer the beginning of the pandemic quarantine here in Scotland, Scottish Jazz Space posted a truly beautiful tune by lyrical alto saxophonist Laura Macdonald. Here is another audio of her utterly beautiful playing in the gorgeous tune: ‘Juliett’. With Martina Almgren on drums, Paul Harrison on piano & Aidan O’Donnell on bass.

Image from: jazzwise.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rps696Tr9p4
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87. Some years ago this writer heard child psychologist / psychobiologist Colwyn Trevarthen deliver a lecture on the evidence for babies’ innate musicality. The following TEDx talk by one of Scotland’s most admired improvisers – saxophonist, composer & academic Raymond MacDonald​ – offers a similarly convincing argument. Wait for the brilliant Billy Connolly impression near the end..

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86. Though one of the Bevvy Sisters Gina Rae wasn’t in fact featured on the Bevvy Sisters’ tune on Scottish Jazz Space on 28 May last, here she is now! Still not singing Jazz – though she also has a beautiful jazz voice – but a really lovely folk song ‘What Would I Do,’ by Sandy Wright.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjX2k-pBxJs
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85. Today Scottish Jazz Space’s spotlight is on Scottish-Canadian jazz vocalist & winner of the Scottish Jazz Rising Star Award last year, Marianne McGregor. As luck would have it her album ‘Good Morning Warning’ is out tomorrow. Here’s a wee snippet. What a voice! 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/mariannemcgregormusic/videos/266128734447190/