The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland’s summer tour 2014 is entitled ‘The Magic of Brecker’and DM Audio is delighted to be supplying PA for their concert being held at Birnam Arts Centre in Dunkeld on Friday 18th July. The tour starts in Skye this Wednesday 16th July moving on to Nairn on Thursday 17th then Dunkeld on Friday 18th and finishing up in Stirling on Saturday 19th.
Michael Brecker is widely considered one of the most influential tenor saxophonists of all time and has inspired jazz musicians like few others. Brought up in a musical home, Brecker enjoyed an illustrious international career as a soloist, sideman and composer. Awarded 15 Grammy Awards as both performer and composer, his innovative and revolutionary style covered a wide range of genres, including jazz, R&B, funk, rock and pop, and led him to form numerous partnerships with world-renowned musicians.
The music world mourned his untimely death from leukemia in 2007, aged just 57. His legacy however lives on in the myriad of recordings and compositions that feature in every jazz musician’s library.
The Orchestra directed by Malcolm Edmonstone and Andrew Bain, and featuring soloist Gordon McNeil on saxophone, ‘will recreate the magic of Brecker, from moving ballads to upbeat fusion. The groundbreaking repertoire will offer performers and audiences alike an insight into one of the true greats of the jazz world’.
Director Malcolm Edmonstone, a jazz pianist, educator, arranger and musical director was born in Perth and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (GSMD), where he became a professor in 2005. Whilst studying at GSMD, he was called on by Laurie Holloway to cover the piano chair on an international tour with his wife, the late jazz legend Marion Montgomery. Since then Malcolm has continued to work with Laurie on various projects including the first three series of the BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing, where he played piano and arranged a significant portion of the music. He is a member of Mike Walker’s Madhouse band, and has played with many of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, including Mark Lockheart, Stan Sulzmann and Iain Dixon.
Director Andrew Bain is one of the leading performers and educators in the UK and is also a graduate of the GSMD. The winner of the BBC Big Band Drummer 2001, he has performed with Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker and Kenny Wheeler and was a member of Jacqui Dankworth’s band between 2007 and 2008. He has performed at London jazz clubs Ronnie Scott’s, the 606 and the Vortex and also at the BBC Proms, the Montreux Jazz Festival and with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Andrew is a faculty member at the Guildhall School of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire. Whilst resident in New York between 2001 and 2007 he performed extensively with Thelonious Monk competition winner Jon Irabagon and singer Jason Liebman. He co-leads NY-based group Confluence.
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland is one of Scotland’s foremost youth jazz ensembles. Under the direction of Malcolm and Andrew, NYJOS aims to provide students with the opportunity to study and perform jazz at the highest possible level, with respected professional musicians from the UK and beyond.