Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock / Aaron Diehl / Fergus McCreadie Trio
The two stars of the Scottish jazz scene play in a simple acoustic setting - saxophone and piano duo. Smith and Kellock have developed an interplay that's always sympathetic and oftne empathetic, and they love playing across all the jazz styles. "Consummate class" (The Guardian).
Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Diehl’s meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry.
Sharing the stage for a special festival triple billl is the most exciting new Scottish jazz talent for a decade, Fergus McCreadie. A phenomenal technician for his age, he’s progressing so rapidly it’s hard to keep track of his artistry. Originally inspired by Oscar Peterson, he now ranges across the entire jazz piano tradition, and playing new music of real substance. His band infuse everything with huge personal emotion. Catch him now, with David Bowden (bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums).