Younger members of the jazz scene are set to show off their talents in a celebration at the Old Fruitmarket next month.

Recent graduates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on Renfrew Street are set to be part of an event to showcase Scotland’s burgeoning young jazz scene.

The concert, scheduled for Saturday, March 2, will be named Nu-Age Sounds and recognise the achievements of eight young, award-winning musicians who are making a splash both nationally and globally.



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Accomplished Scottish jazz saxophonist, Tommy Smith, is the mind behind the event.

Professor Smith is also the Head of Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire and serves as the artistic director for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO).

The concert will feature compositions by mercury prize-nominated pianist Fergus McCreadie, which will be performed by Peter Johnstone, SNJO’s regular pianist.

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The concert will also feature appearances from Kitti, the 2020 Scottish Music Award's Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and 2021 Rising Star from the Scottish Jazz Awards, trombonist Noushy.

Professor Smith has watched many of his RCS students rise to successful careers in the jazz scene, and has planned the event to showcase the storied tradition of orchestral jazz to a young audience.

He said: "Six of the eight featured musician-composers – Fergus McCreadie, Peter Johnstone, Noushy, saxophonist Matt Carmichael, bassist Ewan Hastie, and trombonist Liam Shortall - were students of mine for four years at the RCS.

"I’m very proud of their achievements and wanted to showcase them with the orchestra.

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"It’s also great to have kitti and the saxophonist Helena Kay onboard as they’re very much part of Scotland’s thriving young jazz scene."

Each musical performance will be accompanied by a video orchestrated by another RCS student, Dillon Barrie, and projected onto the stage backcloth.

Professor Smith added: "I am confident that Nu-Age Sounds will be a standout experience for the SNJO’s ever-growing audience.

"It's also vital for the orchestra to embrace the younger audience and widen our musical horizons.

"We’re really looking forward to the concert as the music is sounding great."