Award-winning jazz pianist-educator gives Stonehaven concert

By Jennifer Macdonald / August 31, 2022

Award winning pianist and educator Richard Michael BEM returns to his native Stonehaven to give a concert in Dunnottar Church on Friday 30th September.

Recognized as one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists and educators, having taught thousands of youngsters the art of improvisation through his pioneering work in leading the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra since 1972, Michael began his professional career playing hotels in Stonehaven and Aberdeen with the Alec Sutherland Band and with his dad’s concert party.

In addition to his work with FYJO, Michael is Honorary Professor of Jazz at St Andrews University and is featured every Sunday night on BBC Radio Scotland’s Jazz Nights as the programme’s “jargon buster.” He also has a new best-selling book, Jazz Piano for Kids, published by Hal Leonard Inc.

Richard says: “In my concert I’ll be playing a wide range of music – Scots, jazz, folk, classical and anything requested by the audience,” he says. “I’ll also have a blast on the church organ and improvise on any themes suggested by the audience. In fact, I never play anything the same way once!”

Julian Joseph Jazz Pianist said “Richard is quite simply the UK’s greatest Jazz Ambassador”, Ian Rankin author says”he is a passionate advocate of jazz in its myriad forms,” and fan unnamed teacher from Mackie Academy who taught him many years ago when he said he was going to become a composer and pianist – “Schubert starved in a garret lad! You’ll end up in some joint on the San Francisco waterfront”.

Tickets for the concert are priced at £10 available at the door on the night. Under 16’s free. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Any questions-contact 07765 290085