Reviews & interviews ..
- 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’ ! 😀
- 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.
- Announcement this afternoon by Scottish Economy Secretary, Fiona Hyslop: “Ms Hyslop also announced a £2.2 million fund for grassroots venues, following ongoing discussions with the Music Venue Trust. The new fund follows on from last week’s targeted £10 million to support Scotland’s performing arts venues.”
- FYI, the updated UK government guidelines during coronavirus, for performing artists. Lots of detail here.
- The Scottish Album of the Year Award 2020: nominations now open!
- 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.
- Free access until 14 July 2020 of July Jazzwise magazine’s digital issue! Certain Scottish Jazzers featured!!
- Following years of squeezing funding to the Arts, here’s what the UK government is now offering. Hopefully if forthcoming, this cash will not end up paying mainly for buildings’ rental, but also for the people working within them.