Originally from Perth and now based in London, Helena Kay is a greatly in-demand tenor saxophonist and composer. She released her debut album Moon Palace with her band Helena Kay’s KIM trio in 2018 after winning the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award the same year. Kay draws influence from different places which are important to her: Scotland, London, and New York, each of which have been her home during her career so far. Helena Kay's KIM Trio + NCW, features Kay on tenor saxophone, Calum Gourlay on double bass, David Ingamells on drums and Nick Costley-White on guitar and play a mixture of Helena’s originals and tunes from the jazz canon, inspired by greats such as Sonny Rollins and Antonio Carlos Jobim as well more contemporary names like Melissa Aldana and Larry Goldings.
“Moon Palace leaves the listener wanting more of Kay’s rich playing… it’s remarkably self-assured and forecasts an imaginative career to come." Ammar Kalia, Downbeat
With the release of its second album, Cairn, Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio with David Bowden (bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums) has underlined its status as one of the most exciting young groups in European jazz. Their music is dynamic and beautifully crafted, reflecting the Scottish landscape and musical traditions while honouring the American and European jazz legacies. McCreadie has been winning awards since his mid-teens and his group’s debut album, Turas, released in 2018, showed extraordinary maturity. It won Album Of The Year titles at both the Parliamentary Jazz Awards – the UK’s most prestigious jazz prizes – and the Scottish Jazz Awards.
McCreadie himself went on to win the Best Instrumentalist title at the Scottish Jazz Awards in 2018 and 2020. Hugely acclaimed on its release, Cairn marks the further development of McCreadie’s composing talents and the trio’s ability to think, create and play with one voice, qualities that make their live performances such exuberant, uplifting and soul-stirring experiences.
"A trio capable of rivalling EST or The Bad Plus for sheer excitement” Mojo
“Simply outstanding” Jazzwise