SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2024 AT 8.00 PM KIRKCALDY OLD KIRK

The best bass soloist I’ve heard at his age – ever!” – that’s how Tommy Smith describes Ewan Hastie. The multi-award winning musician and composer is fast making his mark on the UK music scene after becoming the first Scot to win the BBC Young Jazz Musician in 2022. His trio will feature some of Scotland’s finest musicians, Paul Harrison on piano and Chun-Wei Kang on drums.

Still only 21 years old, left-handed double bassist Ewan Hastie won BBC Young Jazz Musician 2022, being the first Scottish musician to win the award. He also recently received the Mark McKergow Prize for Jazz Improvisation twice in 2022 and again in 2023. Ewan also won the “Best Instrumentalist” Award 2023 hosted by the Scottish Jazz Awards

Born in Edinburgh, and raised in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Ewan started playing with the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra and with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, he gained touring experience, visiting Skye, Glasgow, Belfast, and Sligo Jazz Festival. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s jazz programme with, among others, a familiar figure on the Scottish jazz scene, bassist Mario Caribe. Starting with two years at the RCS Juniors and completing his full time studies as a Bachelor of Music degree finally being awarded an Honours First Class BA Music in Jazz.

Ewan has had the pleasure of playing with Tommy Smith, Iain Ballamy, Ryan Quigley, Paul Towndrow, Fergus McCreadie, Pete Johnstone, Brian Kellock, Niki Yeoh, Huw Warren, Alyn Cosker, Tom Gordon, Sabastian de Krom, Mark Mondesir and Clare Martin to name just a few. Ewan has also had the opportunity to tour throughout the UK and across Europe.

Doors open 7.30 for 8.00 pm. Tickets £14 (plus booking fee) from Trybooking.com, or £15 on the door payable by cash or card. For online bookings there is a choice of table seating or tiered seating; table seating on the night subject to availability. Tickets can be reserved for collection on the night via info@langtounjazz.co.uk  Patrons may bring their own drinks and nibbles.

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