Brian Kellock is one of that exclusive club of world-class jazz musicians to have emerged in Scotland. He is acclaimed for his distinctive, swinging playing style which has classic jazz piano influences such as Oscar Peterson and Monty Alexander at its heart.
For almost three decades, Edinburgh-born Kellock – who has led his own, hugely popular, trio since the late 1980s – has been the first-call pianist for visiting UK and American jazz musicians who appreciate his swinging style, his skills as a sensitive accompanist, his spontaneity and his sense of humour. Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, Joe Temperley, Ken Peplowski, Alan Barnes and Sheila Jordan are some of the diverse musicians with whom he’s played.
In recent years, he has headlined numerous concerts, recordings and tours with the SNJO, cemented links in Australia with trumpeter James Morrison, and in Denmark has appeared annually at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. His love of playing in a duo has resulted in regular tours with Tommy Smith, and celebrated recordings and concerts with Julian Arguelles, Liane Carroll, Carol Kidd and Sheila Jordan.
Kellock’s many accolades include Best CD 2002 and Best Instrumentalist 2003 at the BBC Jazz Awards; Creative Scotland Award 2003, Herald Angel Award 2003 and Jazz Musician of the Year 2011 at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
His seminal trio, formed in 1988, featured Kenny Ellis on bass and John Rae on drums, and produced one of the great Scottish jazz albums, Live at Henry’s. In recent years the trio comprises Kellock, Ellis and Max Popp on drums, best-known for his work with award-winning Scottish vocalist Georgia Cecile. Together, they deliver a programme rooted in the jazz tradition but always full of surprises and humour.
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