Joining Iain in the studio will be Tom MacNiven celebrated Glasgow Jazz trumpeter.
Who will be appearing at Glasgow Jazz Festival 2018 on Saturday 23 June at The Drygate Brewery
Also talking about past . present and future projects!
Will also be broadcast Sat 21st June 10-midnight and on Catch up for next 30 days
Tom MacNiven was born in Glasgow in 1974 and began playing music with the 118th Glasgow company of the Boys’ Brigade. The winner of the Scottish final of the Royal Sun Alliance Young Jazz Musician of the Year title in 1997, Tom recorded his Guess What? album with saxophonist Bobby Wellins as special guest the same year. Tom has featured on Paul Towndrow’s Six by Six, and as a much in-demand session player has recorded with a variety of other musicians including The Pastels, Silicone Soul, Figure 5, Sharleen Spiteri, The Pearl Fishers and The Fred Quimby Quartet. He has toured with Hue & Cry, Tam White, Boz Burrell and Paul Towndrow’s sextet and when not playing trumpet enjoys playing guitar and lap steel guitar. Is currently tutor in Jazz Trumpet at Glasgow Royal Conservatoire. Also one of the only two original members of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
The concert will be preceded by a screening of “Dream Are Free” – the documentary film celebrating talented musician, composer and great storyteller – the legendary jazz musician Bobby Wellins.
‘Dreams are Free is a celebration of a talented musician, composer and great storyteller. It charts the rise, fall and redemption of critically acclaimed Scottish saxophonist Bobby Wellins. He’s played with the cream of jazz musicians, including Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey and Charlie Watts and received critical acclaim for his intense and haunting performances on the seminal track ‘Starless and Bible Black’. Yet Wellins struggled to overcome addiction and depression. Ten years of silence followed, before he began to rediscover the desire to play, and self-belief in his ability’.
The documentary includes rare concert footage and interviews with family members, musicians and Wellins himself. His honesty, warmth and humour provides a compelling insight into a world of a musical survivor. Running time 60 mins
5:45 pm doors, 6:00 pm screening, 7:30 pm show time
‘Bobby Wellins’ tenor saxophone was one of the most distinctive sounds in British jazz. Best remembered for his haunting contributions to Stan Tracey’s classic Under Milk Wood album in the 1960s, Bobby went on to influence countless musicians through his playing, his teaching and his compositions and he touched audiences for decades with his always soulful improvising. A late career highlight came when his Culloden Moor Suite was rearranged and recorded by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with Bobby as featured soloist.
This concert, featuring musicians who were directly involved with and affected by Bobby, honours a great Scot. Guitarist Nigel Clark was set on the jazz path he follows today by the encouragement Bobby showed him as a young player looking for a new direction and SNJO trumpeter Tom MacNiven revisits his “Guess What?” album with another SNJO stalwart, Konrad Wiszniewski taking the tenor saxophone role that Bobby memorably filled on the recording. Saxophonist Helena Kay, the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015, for which Bobby sat on the judging panel during his last visit to Glasgow Jazz Festival, will also feature as a special guest with Tom MacNiven’s quintet.
Tom MacNiven – Trumpet
Konrad Wiszniewski – Sax
Brian Kellock – Piano
Calum Gourlay – Bass
Doug Hough – Drums
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