Nova Scotia and all that jazz will get Wynd toes tapping


“Toe-tapping and uplifting swinging jazz that’s guaranteed to leave you smiling” – the Nova Scotia Jazz Band are in town, writes Corin Anderson.

Featuring four musicians, the band performed at Glastonbury this year. On Friday, October 14, at 8pm, Nova Scotia is playing in the Wynd Theatre, Melrose.

Mike Daly is Nova Scotia’s cornet player. One of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, Mike has released many CDs, including Together Again which features trombonist John Service.

Duncan Findlay, the band’s banjo man, is one of the most sought-after session guitar and banjo players in Scotland. He has featured on more than 500 jazz and traditional albums.

The string bass player is Ken MacDonald who discovered his love of the double bass in the 1970s. He has played with many saxophone legends, including James Moody and Buddy Tate.

Multi-instrumentalist John Burgess plays clarinet and saxophones for the band. He spent years studying and performing in the US and Canada, and has released six CDs.

One reviewer calls the quartet “a wee gem of upmarket traditional jazz”, while another describes them as “the classic Dixieland model, played with direct, bluesy concision and presented with humour and creativity”.

Tickets cost £12 (£11) and are available from 01896 820028.