SATURDAY 4 MAY 2024 AT 8.00 pm KIRKCALDY OLD KIRK

Originally hailing from the Highlands, growing up in Glasgow and studying in London, 24 year old Bass player Ali Watson has recently been making waves with his new quartet comprising an all star band of Glasgow musicians – Matt Carmichael (saxophones), Alan Benzie (piano) and Greg Irons (drums).  In preparation for recording in February, Watson is excited to present new, freshly polished material to the stage. With influence from contemporary jazz, Scottish folk and 20th century impressionist classical music, the band quietly transcends traditional genres to produce a set of often complex, yet accessible music comprising lyrical melodies and thoughtful improvisations.

“A must-listen for those intrigued by their unique approach to jazz.” NYC Jazz Record

Originally from the north coast of Scotland, Ali Watson grew up in Glasgow before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School. While studying Watson began writing his first compositions and formed a trio with drummer Tom Potter and Tim Lallemant. In the summer of 2022 he returned to his homelands, forming a new quartet of leading Glasgow Musicians; Alan Benzie, Matt Carmichael and Greg Irons. Last year he performed sold out shows in the Edinburgh and Glasgow Jazz festival as well as more recently in Aberdeen and London.

In February of this year the band recorded Watson’s debut album, of which they will be playing as yet unreleased material from. Watson also performs regularly as a member of saxophonist and long- standing friend Matt Carmichael’s Quintet. Watson describes his music as ‘complex yet melodic’ with hopes to appeal to both Jazz aficionados and casual listeners alike, without compromising musical depth and integrity. As well as jazz you may hear influences from the likes of Scottish Folk and Impressionist Classical elements. Some of Watsons favourite musicians include of the likes of Aaron Parks, Kit Downes and Larry Grenadier.

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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