Jazz Choir Scotland was established in 2013 to provide a place for jazz harmony singing to blossom and flourish in Scotland.
Our extensive repertoire includes:
- Songs from the Great American Songbook
- Music from the Swing Big Band era
- Songs by contemporary vocalists and composers such as Sting, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Lennon & McCartney, Gregory Porter, Ed Sheeran.
- Songs performed by vocal groups such as The Singers Unlimited, The Manhattan Transfer, The High-Lo’s, Fleetwood Mac, New York Voices, The Real Group, The Beatles.
There is really no end to the songs we could tackle…that’s the beauty of jazz!
Founder and Jazz Choir Scotland Manager – Carol Smith
Carol has been involved in choirs all her life, predominantly singing classical choral music. However, for the past few years Carol has turned her thoughts and energies to exploring jazz music, in particular her passion for jazz harmony singing.
You can find out more about Carol by linking to her LinkedIn page.
Jazz Choir Scotland Musical Director – Jim Clelland
Jim has been a professional musician / pianist for over 40 years and is well known throughout the Scottish jazz scene.
He has worked world-wide in a wide variety of roles such as … Musical Director/pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, accompanist and latterly as a teacher. He has worked in…radio, television, film, theatre, dance halls, night clubs, cruise ships, recording studios.
From 1985 till 1990 Jim was Musical Director for Freddie Starr during which time he performed at… ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ and ‘Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre’ London.
Artistes Jim has worked with over the years include… Matt Monro, Ben E. King, Tony Christie, Lena Martell, The Dallas Boys, Bill Fredericks (The Drifters), Kenny Lynch, Susan Maughan, Julie Rodgers, Patti Boulaye and Carol Kidd.
In more recent times Jim has also gained a well-deserved reputation for supporting and developing aspiring jazz singers of all levels and ability.
…and now Jim’s wealth of experience and knowledge of the music industry, not to mention his quirky sense of humour, is helping to shape the direction Jazz Choir Scotland is taking to achieve its aims and ambitions for jazz singing in our communities.
You can find out more about Jim at his web site In My Key