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Musicians Invitation

This is an open invitation to Jazz musicians based in Scotland to apply to participate in the ‘Scottish Jazz Focus Weekend’ at The Jazz Station jazz club in Brussels. This is planned for the 1st to 5th April 2020. It is designed for Scotland-based jazz musicians to promote Scotland and Scottish jazz in Brussels and the EU. Jazz at the Bluelamp (www.jazzatthebluelamp.com) is organising this event with funding support from Creative Scotland’s Open Projects Fund. Also involved are: The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and, in Brussels, The Jazz Station (Jazz club) www.jazzstation.be and Aubergine Artist Management.

There is no detailed application form but bands / ensembles that apply will need to demonstrate a good social media and web presence and have an EPK or other marketing material. Applicants will also be asked to submit audio / video clips of their performances. These will be forwarded to The Jazz Station ‘listening committee’ who will make the final selection of the artists who will perform at the club on the selected weekend. The Jazz Station is looking for bands “that will make their audience curious about what jazz in Scotland is all about”.

It is currently envisaged there will be a requirement for two bands / ensembles with one performing on Friday 3rd April and the other on Saturday 4th April. There will also be (Scottish) guest musicians slots with the Jazz Station Big band on Thursday night 2nd April. There may also be a performance at a reception on Wednesday, April 1st (to be confirmed). Travel, accommodation and gig fee are provided for bands / ensembles up to Quintet. More details will provided to applicants which meet the criteria as outlined. Applicants need to ensure they can commit to the dates in question (1st – 5th April) before submitting their application – note: performance dates will be narrowed to a one or two day commitment closer to the event. If artists wish to use this as a springboard for further concerts in Europe they may do so but unfortunately we are not able to offer any further financial support for that as part of this project.

The deadline for applications with all supporting links and documentation is December 11th, 2019 but expressions of interest and requests for clarification should be submitted as soon as possible.

Please apply to: don@jazzatthebluelamp.com

Kevin McKenzie’s Prime Trio

Leading guitarist Kevin returns to the Blue Lamp with a new trio featuring Pete Johnstone on organ and Doug Hough, drums. This is the classic Hammond Organ trio setup but with these guys you know it’s going to be something special. A  collaborative trio embracing the. organ trio sound. The trio’s music features new original compositions by the members plus classic standards and contemporary jazz repertoire.


“…an international-class jazz player”   – The Herald

“…a perfect contribution that completes an urbane study in measured jazz improv”   – BBC Music magazine

5th Dec, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £15, concession £12, students £5

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Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra

The North East of Scotland's own big band plays tribute to the great sound of the bands of the 40s 50s and 60s such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton. AJO is an amalgamation of the cream of jazz musicians in the Aberdeen area and are renowned for their big sound and great arrangements. Come along and get back to the big band era with a festive twist.

12th Dec, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £15, concession £12, students £5

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