Still only twenty and studying on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland jazz course, pianist Fergus McCreadie from Dollar has been making a big impression on festival audiences particularly in recent months. His trio has won standing ovations at Edinburgh, Islay and Aberdeen jazz festivals and went down a storm at Gateshead Jazz Festival in April.
Twice the winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year (Under 17s) title, Fergus gained valuable early experience with the highly productive Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra and then with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. He went on to play and record with saxophonist Tommy Smith’s youth jazz orchestra and his trio with bassist David Bowden and drummer Stephen Henderson won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2016.
The Trio released its first album, Turas, in April and has been described as joining the dots between American and European jazz giants McCoy Tyner and Esbjorn Svensson and the Scottish folk tradition.
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