LEADING Scots Pianist To Perform At The Beacon Jazz Club

23 November, 2022 | Local, Noticeboard

AN award-winning Scottish pianist and composer is to perform at the final Jazz Club event of the year at Beacon Arts Centre.

Euan Stevenson will play at the Inverclyde venue with his Trio on Thursday (24 November) at 8pm.

The Trio is made up of Stevenson, Tom Gordon on drums, and double bassist Andrew Sharkey, who is originally from Gourock.

Falkirk-born Stevenson is a composer, pianist, songwriter and arranger who works in classical, jazz, film and animation.

His music has been recorded and performed by leading ensembles including The BBC Concert Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, The Bach Choir, The BBC Big Band and The Guy Barker Orchestra.

He has been shortlisted for The Scottish Album of the Year Award, The Paul Hamlyn Award for Composition and most recently Best Instrumentalist at the 2021 Scottish Jazz Awards.

Stevenson also co-wrote, arranged and co-produced singer Georgia Cecile’s debut album, Only The Lover Sings, which won Best Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards this year. Cecile performed at the first Beacon Jazz Club event, which launched in May.

The cabaret-style sessions aim to make jazz more accessible and enhance appreciation of it as a musical art form.

Organisers specifically want to target younger audiences, with concessionary tickets available for the under-26s, and workshops being developed for younger musicians to receive support and guidance from experienced artists.

To book, call 01475 723723 or visit the Beacon website.

Tickets are also going on sale for the 2023 Jazz Club programme, starting with the Stuart Gorman Quartet on 26 January.

The event, which is held on the last Thursday of the month, will also see performances from Ant Law in February, Helena Kay in March, and Ali Affleck in April.

In May, there will be a concert by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra at the Beacon.

Pauline Kane, director of Beacon Arts Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome Euan Stevenson and his Trio to our venue.

“Since launching the club in May, we’ve had top jazz musicians perform here including Fergus McCreadie, Georgia Cecile, and Brian Molley, and we look forward to welcoming more leading names in the New Year.

“Our Jazz Club is designed to help to reignite Inverclyde’s once-thriving jazz music base and we want to increase opportunities for people living here or in the surrounding areas to see top musicians performing.”

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