Scottish Jazz Archive

Scottish Jazz Archive SJA aims to uncover the story of jazz in Scotland through interviews, images, text and audio

SJA visit to the IJS at Rutger’s was truly inspiring and we were made very welcome indeed.
13/01/2024

SJA visit to the IJS at Rutger’s was truly inspiring and we were made very welcome indeed.

SJA visit to the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, Newark.
12/01/2024

SJA visit to the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, Newark.

With Pedro Cravinho at Jazz Congress 2024, Lincoln Center, NYC representing the Scottish Jazz Archive.
11/01/2024

With Pedro Cravinho at Jazz Congress 2024, Lincoln Center, NYC representing the Scottish Jazz Archive.

The final addition to our audio series for now is an interview with Liam Shortall.https://youtu.be/_U5TvX1lcgYPhoto Cred...
31/08/2023

The final addition to our audio series for now is an interview with Liam Shortall.

https://youtu.be/_U5TvX1lcgY

Photo Credit: Murphy Paton

Another addition to our audio series, an interview with Anoushka Nanguy https://youtu.be/CduPPVoxNVgPhoto Credit: Callai...
24/08/2023

Another addition to our audio series, an interview with Anoushka Nanguy

https://youtu.be/CduPPVoxNVg

Photo Credit: Callai Watson

We kick our new audio series off with an interview with Stephen Henderson Musichttps://youtu.be/NQkI-E-2UeUImage credit:...
21/08/2023

We kick our new audio series off with an interview with Stephen Henderson Music

https://youtu.be/NQkI-E-2UeU

Image credit: Murphy Paton

We are now on Instagram and would appreciate a follow if it’s a platform that you use!
29/06/2023

We are now on Instagram and would appreciate a follow if it’s a platform that you use!

Hot from the editor's cutting room a superlative interview with the force of nature that is the multi-instrumentalist, J...
13/06/2023

Hot from the editor's cutting room a superlative interview with the force of nature that is the multi-instrumentalist, John Burgess. Available to view as always at:

http://scottishjazzarchive.org/interviews/

Photo credit: Allan Shedlock

It’s looking quite archival round here.
10/05/2023

It’s looking quite archival round here.

SJA are concerned at rumours that BBC Radio Scotland are planning to bring the curtain down on the station’s weekly jazz...
10/01/2023

SJA are concerned at rumours that BBC Radio Scotland are planning to bring the curtain down on the station’s weekly jazz digest, Jazz Nights. Read our response here:

Community, Latest News, Uncategorized It has come to the attention of the SJA, from a variety of sources, that the BBC Scotland flagship jazz programme, Jazz Nights, is under imminent threat of closure at the end of the current financial year. Although the BBC has yet to officially provide confirmat...

Thrilled to announce Third Eye Live, a celebration of Glasgow’s pioneering arts centre (1975-1992) & its jazz, improvise...
03/01/2023

Thrilled to announce Third Eye Live, a celebration of Glasgow’s pioneering arts centre (1975-1992) & its jazz, improvised & experimental music legacy. With rare archive films & live music from Tony Bevan, & Weds 25 Jan Tickets: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/third-eye-live/

We have posted on the sad loss of the Scottish jazz great Fionna Duncan on our website, accompanied by a lovely example ...
12/12/2022

We have posted on the sad loss of the Scottish jazz great Fionna Duncan on our website, accompanied by a lovely example of her stellar vocal delivery.

Appreciations It is with profound heartbreak that the board of the Scottish Jazz Archive bids farewell to the Queen of Scottish Jazz, our dear friend and poster-girl, Fionna Duncan who passed away in the early hours of the 6th of December. Fionna was the very first to be interviewed for the SJA and....

New content added on the SJA interviews page. If you would like to support our activities in capturing the experiences a...
22/06/2022

New content added on the SJA interviews page. If you would like to support our activities in capturing the experiences and histories of the Scottish jazz community, we have now added the option to become a friend of the SJA on our website.

Interviews Below is a selection of filmed interviews with grandees of the Scottish jazz scene. Where possible, these interviews have been filmed in a studio setting or in the interviewee’s home. A number of interviews have been conducted online for reasons of social distancing during the COVID-19 ...

Our final (for now) in the Pathhead series of oral history interviews featuring the grandee of bass fiddle, Ronnie Rae r...
26/01/2022

Our final (for now) in the Pathhead series of oral history interviews featuring the grandee of bass fiddle, Ronnie Rae reflecting on a life in jazz.

© Scottish Jazz Archive 2022View the whole series at http://scottishjazzarchive.org/interviews/

Third in our series of Pathhead interviews is with the indefatigable Tom Bancroft telling us about his career in jazz, f...
18/01/2022

Third in our series of Pathhead interviews is with the indefatigable Tom Bancroft telling us about his career in jazz, from his early introduction to the music to becoming a pillar of the Scottish jazz community as musician, composer and activist.

© Scottish Jazz Archive 2022View the whole series at http://scottishjazzarchive.org/interviews/

In case you missed it (because of pesky FB algorithms), here’s the first of our Pathhead interviews with the delightful ...
23/12/2021

In case you missed it (because of pesky FB algorithms), here’s the first of our Pathhead interviews with the delightful Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne.

© Scottish Jazz Archive 2021

We’ve added to our oral histories collection after a trip to the epicentre of jazz on the East Coast, Pathhead. First up...
10/12/2021

We’ve added to our oral histories collection after a trip to the epicentre of jazz on the East Coast, Pathhead. First up is Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne. Watch it here, link below:

Interviews Below is a selection of filmed interviews with grandees of the Scottish jazz scene. Where possible, these interviews have been filmed in a studio setting. However, while social distancing measures have remained in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also conducted a series of onli...

We've refreshed our website and added some new features. Stop by for a browse.
17/08/2021

We've refreshed our website and added some new features. Stop by for a browse.

Welcome to the Scottish Jazz Archive (SJA) website. The SJA is dedicated to preserving and promoting Scotland’s rich history and heritage of jazz music. You can find out more about the archive’s aims, objectives, and history on our about page and read the news relating to the archive and Scottis...

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20/06/2021
01/05/2021

We've created a new section under histories to include memoirs and personal reminiscences. If you have stories about jazz in Scotland, whether from musician or fan's perspective, we'd welcome a written account at [email protected]

Our esteemed colleague on the SJA Board of Trustees, Graham Blamire, has burned the midnight oil in preparing an overvie...
12/02/2021

Our esteemed colleague on the SJA Board of Trustees, Graham Blamire, has burned the midnight oil in preparing an overview of traditional jazz in Edinburgh since the 1940s.

It can be accessed here: http://scottishjazzarchive.org/history/

Pictured below in a photograph taken in the mid to late '40s are: Drew Bruce (clt), Bob Fairley (tpt), unknown (drms), Bob Craig (tbn), Bill McGregor (bjo), Chris ‘Ma’ Bruce (pno)

22/01/2021

New interviews now live. During these frustrating times we've continued our best efforts to make lemonade out of lemons by gathering more stories over the Internet from key figures in Scottish jazz. This time we present Rob Adams, Graham Stark and Hamish McGregor.

Grand viewing for a socially distanced night in.

Studio interviews Below is a selection of filmed interviews with grandees of the Scottish jazz scene. Click on individual names for unique and wonderfully vivid stories about the foundations of Scotland’s jazz community that underpin the SJA collections. Charles ‘Dizzie’ JacksonFionna DuncanAl...

03/11/2020

We've added four new interviews with Martin Taylor MBE, Lennie Herd, Alan Wallace and Stewart Forbes sharing stories of their illustrious careers at the link below.

admin Uncategorized 0 Comments We’ve added four new interviews conducted online during these times of social distancing. We were joined by Martin Taylor MBE, Lennie Herd, Alan Wallace and Stewart Forbes for reminiscences of their illustrious careers.

We've made a half-hour teaser of some highlights from the oral history interviews that we've been producing. See it here...
29/07/2020

We've made a half-hour teaser of some highlights from the oral history interviews that we've been producing. See it here:

A half-hour teaser featuring clips from the growing number of oral history interviews being produced for the Scottish Jazz Archive featuring pioneers of Scot...

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