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Jazz maestro for Moray show

FIRST class jazz is set to grace Moray next month when award-winning Scottish pianist and composer Euan Stevenson visits the region.

Award-winning Scottish jazz pianist Euan Stevenson. Picture:Aldo Ferrarello
Award-winning Scottish jazz pianist Euan Stevenson. Picture:Aldo Ferrarello

The spotlight is due to fall on Mr Stevenson as he kicks off Forte Productions' 2019 programme with an intimate night of jazz in Elgin’s Mansfield Hotel on Thursday, July 18 at 7.30pm.

A pianist steeped in the jazz piano tradition but adept at playing in a variety of styles, Mr Stevenson has found himself in demand throughout the UK and internationally, his music regularly broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 2 and 3, and Jazz FM.

Highlights from the last decade include performances at the London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's Jazz club, performing at the Southbank Centre in London to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Radio 3 and performing at the Glasgow Royal Concert Halls at Celtic Connections in 2018.

Behind the extravanza is Buckie man Ryan MacKenzie, Forte’s artistic director and the brains behind the fabulous Let it Snow concerts in Elgin.

He said “Moray told us they wanted more jazz.

"They loved Let it Snow last year, so we are bringing them the best jazz the UK has to offer. Euan is one of my favourite musicians and I’m delighted he’s coming up to Elgin.

"This special one-off event will give you the chance to get up close to one of the UK’s leading jazz performers.”

Tickets are on sale from Forte's website at www.forteproductions.co.uk or in person from Cathedral Windows, 225 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1DJ.

Launched in April 2019, Forte Productions is the brainchild of Mr MacKenzie. Building on the great success of the Christmas Let It Snow concerts that have thrilled audiences for the past four years, he wanted to bring first class talent to Moray on a regular basis.

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