Scotland at jazzahead!

Scotland’s presence at jazzahead! gives our jazz and improvised music a profile in front of one of the industry’s most important international gatherings.

jazzahead! is the industry’s biggest international gathering, taking place 11 to 13 April in Bremen, Germany and online.

Creative Scotland is working with Glasgow Jazz Festival to support a delegation of artists with bursaries to attend the 2024 edition.

The artists attending this year are saxophonists Brian Molley and Helena Kay, singer kittiJoe Nichols of Nimbus Sextet and Marco Cafolla of Mama Terra. Mama Terra and Matt Carmichael will both be performing at the jazzahead! showcase, supported by Creative Scotland through PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund.

At jazzahead! 2024, Creative Scotland is aiming to represent the quality, diversity and export-readiness of Scotland’s jazz and improvising talent, to support individual artists to reach new markets and extend professional networks, and to develop relationships that support future opportunities.

What's on in 2024

Come and say hello to Scotland's full delegation at the jazzahead! trade stand 6B45, plus we'll be hosting a panel discussion, a VIP networking event and networking sessions every day at 4pm, so you can get to know Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene a little better.

Dates and times

  • 4pm daily: Networking sessions for international delegates at trade stand 6B45
  • 10am, Friday 12 April: VIP networking event in the Business Lounge
  • 2pm, Friday 12 April: Traditional Threads In A Jazz Tapestry panel in the Business Lounge. This event will be chaired by Alan Morrison (Creative Scotland Head of Music) who will be joined by Matt Carmichael, Christine Kamau from Kenya and Amro Salah from Cairo Jazz Festival

Meet the Showcasing artists

Spiritual jazz group, Mama Terra and folk-jazz fusion saxophonist Matt Carmichael will both be performing at the jazzahead! showcase, supported by Creative Scotland through PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund.

Dates and times

  • Matt Carmichael will be performing at Schlachthof at 9.45pm on Friday 12 April
  • Mama Terra will be performing at Schlachthof at 9.30pm on Saturday 13 April

Meet the delegates

As well as supporting artists to showcase, Creative Scotland is working with Glasgow Jazz Festival to bring a delegation of musicians with bursaries to attend the 2024 edition of the industry event. Attending this year are saxophonists Brian Molley and Helena Kay, singer kittiJoe Nichols of Nimbus Sextet and Marco Cafolla of Mama Terra.

Scotland at jazzahead! 2024 Playlist

We've gathered together tracks featuring Scotland's delegate artists Brian Molley, Helena Kay, Joe Nichols, kitti and Marco Cafolla, and showcasing artists Mama Terra and Matt Carmichael, plus recommended tracks from some of their favourite artists from Scotland.

Scotland's Jazz by Rachel Lightbody

Enjoy this brand new playlist of jazz from Scotland in 2024, curated by jazz vocalist Rachel Lightbody and stay tuned for more exclusive music content from jazzahead! this year.