Introducing jazz to younger generation
“Humour and fantastic music”
BRASS Jaw are leading a revival in jazz music within Scotland.
The quartet, who headline The Lemon Tree tomorrow, are at the forefront of an exciting new breed of home-grown musicians. Baritone saxophonist Allon Beauvoisin insisted Scottish jazz music has a bright future. He said: “This is an exciting time for jazz as there are so many young talented Scottish musicians coming through.” Working without a rhythm section Brass Jaw create a unique jazz sound that embraces traditional styles and pushes boundaries towards free-form. The quartet are also going all out to dispel any notions of jazz shows as stuffy. There is audience participation and humour as well as fantastic music. Allon said: “We like to create a link with the audience, especially as we have such a strange line-up when it comes to jazz. “If we were to come over as stuffy and serious it would put up a barrier that needn’t be there.” Legendary saxophonist Tommy Smith led the way for Scottish jazz in the eighties. He recorded for the seminal Blue Note label and now drives on the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. And Brass Jaw, who will host a jazz workshop in The Lemon Tree tomorrow (4pm) are also working tirelessly to forge a new generation of jazz talent. The workshop is suitable for fifth-year age at secondary school. Trumpet star Ryan Quigley explained: “It would make sense to make Scotland’s school pupils aware of jazz instruments. Jazz has a huge influence on pop, rock and funk. It is also a form of music that really helps a musician develop.” Formed in 2004, Brass Jaw released the critically-acclaimed album Burn two years later. Trumpeter Quigley then joined what was originally an all-reeds quartet after saxophonist Martin Kershaw dropped out to pursue his ambitious Hero As A Riddle project. Allon said: “We had known Ryan since we were young and he always joked that we were called Brass Jaw, but there was no brass in it. “So we asked him along to rehearsal to see what it would be like with him on board. From the very first rehearsal we realised there was something. It was one of those accidental moments of genius.”