Alongside his career as an educator, Derek has been self-employed variously as composer, conductor, musical director, keyboardist and record producer for a range of international clients, and has been regularly commissioned as orchestrator, associate composer and musician for 27 award winning feature films, television documentaries, mini-series, and 15 album titles.



Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Ian Shaw @ The Blue Arrow, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm

Nominated for Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the prestigious US Downbeat 82nd Annual Readers’ Poll 2017, “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has recorded a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. In 2015 Ian signed to Harmonia Mundi’s Jazz Village label and recorded his first album, the best-selling The Theory Of Joy for them, released in 2016 to great acclaim. Ian toured the album in Canada, the Far East, Australia and Europe in club dates and at festivals.

Shine Sister Shine (just released on double vinyl) is Shaw’s current studio album and is a celebration of the actions and art of extraordinary women – “an album crammed with sharp pain, deeply felt, then countered with soaring, resonant hope” (Stella Duffy).

Moved by recent world events – the election of a cartoon president whose life is more suited to the high-end romps of a glossy pin-up mag hero – and the subsequent rallying of millions of women, Shaw has penned new songs reflecting two years’ working alongside refugees (‘Keep Walking’ is a hymn to the resilience of an Eritrean mother, whose life was shredded by civil war and a world that looks the other way. ‘Carry On World’ stars Shaw’s sisters – all five million of them).

Shaw is known as one of the jazz world’s supreme interpreters of the popular song form – here showcasing dazzling new arrangements of works by Peggy Lee, Phoebe Snow, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, as well as friends and collaborators closer to home – Sarah Jane Morris, the genre-defying Gwyneth Herbert, Judith Owen Julie Matthews – and a stunning co-write with UK pop legend, Tanita Tikaram, on the title track.

7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm show time

Over 18s only

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Glasgow International Jazz Festival: The Georgie Fame Family Trio @ Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 7:15 pm

Glasgow Jazz Festival Presents: The Georgie Fame Family Trio plus support from Luca Manning & Fergus McCreadie.

With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a icon of the British music scene.

So far there have been more than twenty albums and fourteen hit singles, including the Number 1’s: Yeh Yeh, Get Away and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. Add to this a long list of collaborations with some of music’s most famous names, including Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, amongst many others, and in Georgie Fame you have bona fide music legend.

7:15 pm doors, 7:30 pm show time​

Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

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Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Alexander Hawkins @ Recital Room, City Halls, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

Alexander Hawkins is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative and imaginative pianists and composers. Alexander is self-taught with a great love and deep knowledge of the jazz tradition which he brings, along with classical references, to his compositions and improvisations.

Along with his solo performances, he works in a vast array of creative contexts including leading and composing for his Quartet and Ensemble; in duo with South African drum legend Louis Moholo-Moholo and in Moholo’s Blokes; along with his duos with Evan Parker, John Surman, and Sofia Jernberg, and in projects with contemporary leaders – Joe McPhee, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen and Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke.

7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show time

Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

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Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Ashley Henry @ St Lukes, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

Ashley Henry is one of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences. Born and raised in South London, Ashley Henry’s listening and visual styles, range from Sinead Harnett, Digital Underground, ZuZu, Margot Fonteyn, Era Istrefi, Freddie Mercury, and Dreezy – through to having fans that include the abstract artist Gareth Nyandoro, being an advocate for the legend pianist Abdullah Ibrahim…and being a big 6LACK fan.

Part of London’s Jazz Re:Freshed, Ashley Henry plays the piano with a beauty and sensitivity that usually comes from a lifetime immersed in jazz. In 2016 Ashley graduated from Royal Academy of Music, performed with Jason Marsalis and collaborated with legends Terence Blanchard and Jean Toussaint. He is the youngest ever to hit the bill for the International Piano Trio Festival performing with Robert Glasper, and top that year by achieving a childhood dream of performing in the final of the Unisia International Piano Competition in South Africa.

2017 saw Ashley Henry recording his second full studio sessions in London. Collaborating with Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra), MC Mattic (Nowadays France & NY), the Legendary Jean Toussaint, Monte Booker (Soulection), Alicia Olatuja (President Obama Inaugurations – Unlimited Myles), Moses Boyd (Brownswood) and Anthony Joseph (Strut Records). Written, produced and performed by Ashley Henry + RE-Ensemble, with the schedule to include the entitled track Easter and the seminal cover of Pressure, written by late indie punk trio The Enemy (retitled Beautiful Pressure w/vocals).

At only 25 years, Ashley Henry was commissioned as guest resident Musical Director for both Jazz Café, London and Ronnie Scotts, London, was a FADER MAGAZINE 2017 Emerging Artist, was nominated for a Jazz FM Award as Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Live Experience of the Year, the latter for his performance at the London Southbank.

7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show time

Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

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Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Colin Steele Quartet @ Drygate, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

Marina Records proudly presents one of its most unusual and best releases yet: The music of The Pearlfishers, one of Marina’s most beloved acts, gets the royal jazz treatment in exciting new arrangements by the Colin Steele Quartet. Continuing a great jazz tradition – like Miles Davis with “Porgy & Bess” (’58) and Chet Baker with “Plays Lerner & Loewe” (’59) – the entire album is dedicated to the work of one composer – David Scott of The Pearlfishers. Colin Steele from Edinburgh, one of UK’s leading jazz trumpeters, adds his very own sound and interpretations to Scott’s songs and transports them into a brand new musical territory.

Steele has a long association with The Pearlfishers since he appeared as a studio musician on many of their albums. Steele: “I’d played on many sessions with The Pearlfishers before, and have a similiar taste in music with David Scott, with our shared love of Burt Bacharach, Beatles and Beach Boys. I was impressed by the depth of the beautiful melodies and could immediately hear my own voice playing these melodies – specifically using the ‘Miles Davis sound’ of the Harmon mute.”

The results are simply gorgeous. The album kickstarts with the joyous blast of “The Bluebells” – a song that originally appeared on the Pearlfishers album “Up With The Larks”. Colin Steele makes it swing and rise just beautifully. His warm, melodic playing and tone is also a perfect match for the wonderful “Everything Works Out”, one of Scott’s most enduring songs. “The Vampires Of Camelon” rides on a great piano riff reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi – brilliantly played by Dave Milligan, Steele’s long-time collaborator, who also arranged the album. Quite fabulously so.

“Ice Race” – from the Pearlfishers’ seasonal album “A Sunflower At Christmas” – gets propelled to new heights by the powerhouse drumming of Alyn Cosker. It just grabs you and won’t let you go. “Gone In The Winter” is a superb showcase for the exceptional deep-toned, warm double-bass playing of Calum Gourlay. Just stunning.

The piano intro of “The Umbrellas Of Shibuya” quite fittingly recalls the stripped-down beauty of Ryuichi Sakamoto. And then Steele breezes in with the fantastic melody and his imaginative playing. The album comes to a perfect close with the blissful coda “Swan Dreams” (originally from “Sky Meadows”). Simply sublime.

“Diving For Pearls” was recorded in just one day – like many of the greatest jazz albums – at Scotland’s famous Castlesound studios (The Blue Nile, Orange Juice, R.E.M.). Masterfully engineered by Stuart Hamilton. You really get the “in-the-room-with-the-artist” feel. Dive, baby, dive!

7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show time

Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

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Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Mezcla @ Stereo, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

Mezcla is a world jazz/fusion collective at the forefront of Glasgows vibrant improvised music scene. Led by bass player David Bowden (BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017), Mezcla features some of Scotlands brightest stars and is already attracting attention for its innovative blend of soulful jazz and energetic grooves. Skilfully fusing influences from West Africa to Latin America and beyond, Mezcla’s music is distinguished by its uplifting melodies, shimmering textures, and visceral improvisation.

Acclaimed Glasgow-based artist Jamie Johnson has exhibited work across across Europe and Canada. Specialising in painting, printmaking and video, his work draws influences from modern and ancient cultural symbolism, resulting in gently surreal compositions featuring rich detail and collages of colour.

In a highly anticipated one-off collaboration, Mezcla will perform a brand new set of vibrant, genre-spanning jazz to accompany the evocative patterns and textures of Jamie’s atmospheric live visuals. This project has been made possible by Help Musicians UK.

“Fresh and vibrant… really uplifting jazz with world music flavours” – BBC Radio 3


Joshua Elcock – Trumpet
Michael Butcher – Tenor Sax
Alan Benzie – Keyboard
Ben MacDonald – Guitar
David Bowden – Electric Bass and Compositions
Stephen Henderson – Drums
Steve Forman – Percussion
Jamie Johnson – Live Visuals

Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Skeltr @ The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

Born from the enjoyment of spontaneous music. Our aim is to help people feel something that has a positive effect. We create big energy and gentle waves at our shows. Our music spans across genres and attitudes to bring the experience of freedom and enjoyment to those listening, our target audience is you. We just released a album in 2017 and we are creating our live show at the moment.

Skeltr is: Sam Healey and Craig Hanson

Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Blues Jam @ Swing, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm

Jazz Festival Blues Jam, Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive

Blues Jam with Swing’s house trio Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive, hosted by popular blues vocalist and bassist Charlotte Marshall.

Free Entry or guaranteed seating £5

9pm – 11.30pm, Doors 8pm

Over 18’s Only

Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Luca Manning & Fergus McCreadie @ Brunswick Hotel Bar, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 10:00 pm

Part of Make Music Day, a free celebration of music that takes place on 21 June each year in 120 countries around the world.

Vocalist Luca Manning has recently been enthralling festival audiences across Scotland with his heartfelt and understated lyrical delivery and warm, luminous vocal tone. With musical maturity beyond his years, his clarity and authenticity make jazz compositions new and old sound timeless and fresh. As a gifted improviser as well as singer, he has made his name as an up-and-coming jazz artist performing at the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee Jazz Festivals – where he opened for Becca Stevens – as well as the 2016 BBC Proms with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. Now resident in London, Luca is fast making a name for himself, having performed at the Holborn, Soho and Pheasantry Pizza Express Venues with his own Quintet and Sextet line up as well as being invited to sing alongside Liane Carroll at her 2017 sold out Ronnie Scott’s Christmas Show.

Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young artists. Soon to be a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has been featured at the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Aberdeen and Islay Jazz Festivals repeatedly for the past 4 years. His debut album, Turas, has been praised for ‘reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical tradition while also showing a firm grasp of the jazz piano tradition.’ (Jazz In Europe) He is also a member of Graham Costello’s STRATA, described as “groovy yet cerebral” by BBC Radio Scotland, and of the Mark Hendry Octet and the Matthew Carmicheal Quartet, both of whom have recently released their debut album. He is a winner of the coveted Peter Wittingham Jazz Award, the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year u17s Prize, the Guy Jones Prize and the Joe Temperly Prize from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University. He has also been featured on BBC Radio Scotland regularly as a leader and as a sideman, and has appeared alongside Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Iain Ballamy, Tommy Smith, Kestustis Vaiginis, Pat from Hue and Cry, Mario Caribe, Paul Towndrow and Alyn Cosker.

Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Wuh Oh @ The Blue Arrow, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 10:00 pm

Wuh Oh are an electronic production duo comprised of Pete the human and Baboon the baboon, hailing from Glasgow and the jungles of Equatorial Guinea respectively. Their hook laced tracks are whacked-out and danceable in equal measure, with the duo making it their aim to have their audience groove to stranger sounds than they ever thought possible. Hyperactive jazz harmony and tricky time signatures earworm their way into the playful bops Baboon spins seamlessly on his handcrafted decks.

Simultaneously, Pete puts on a frenetic performance, hammering out piano lines and synth stabs amid a flurry of self-styled dancing. Aside from earning them copious critical acclaim, Wuh Oh’s endeavours have seen them land prized slots on BBC Radio Scotland – playing BBC Introducing sessions for Vic Galloway and on Jazz Nights at the Quay – and endear themselves to festival crowds at TRNSMT and Electric Fields. Their performance at The Blue Arrow marks the duo’s first headline show of 2018 and Baboon’s first ever at the top of the bill.

10:00 pm doors, 10:30 pm show time

Over 18s only

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