Jazz Forward is a new organisation representing and showcasing some of the diverse musical talent and original music being created in Scottish Jazz. Founded by a collective of established musicians/multi-instrumentalists Marianne McGregor, Malcolm MacFarlane and Sophie Bancroft and music journalist Fiona Mactaggart.

You can read interviews and articles about us in ‘Jazz in Europe’ and Our Creative Voice and check out our blog page and podcast page to hear more from us.

Our Bands

The Marianne McGregor Trio

Marianne McGregor is a prominent new voice in the Scottish Jazz Scene. Highly acclaimed ‘Best Vocalist’ at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2021 and 2023, McGregor continues to gain recognition for her powerful voice, improvising and original songs.

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A Brighter Day by Marianne McGregor
Breating In The Smoke by Marianne McGregor

Bancroft & Lyne

This transatlantic duo delivers a dynamic, entertaining and intimate interpretation of beautiful songs. Sophie Bancroft’s voice and effortless guitar is gorgeous over Tom Lyne’s virtuoso bass. Their storytelling and musicality is presented through a carefully chosen repertoire featuring original contemporary jazz-based songs alongside reimagined classic jazz standards and covers of songs by the likes of Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones. Heralded as a ‘must see’ act at a recent Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York the duo have performed at many venues and festivals around the UK, Europe and North America.

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Blue Room by Sophie Bancroft
Miles Away by Sophie Bancroft

Malcolm MacFarlane and Ross Milligan

Their music can probably best be described as ‘new Contemporary Scottish’ as it owes a huge debt of inspiration to tradition melodies and harmonic structures but viewed through the lens of their experience of myriad styles and genres. alongside this their innovative production techniques are used to enhanced the evocative nature of their original
the duo are very much inspired by the Scottish landscape and Scottish tales, history, myths and legends. this comes through in the music as a strong sense both of atmosphere and narrative and these are very much present throughout their 2nd album.

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Dancing Waters by Malcolm MacFarlane
Towners by Malcolm MacFarlane

Our Writer


Following an extensive career in the health service, since 2017 Fiona has focussed on supporting and promoting Scottish music, in particular Jazz, writing on her website Scottish Jazz Space and also in various zines and magazines such as London Jazz News, Songlines, Jazz in Europe and DooBeeDooBeeDoo New York.

Fiona is a founding member of Jazz Forward and also a committee member in award-winning Women in Jazz Media.

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We are very grateful to
Creative Scotland
for funding us on this initial pilot phase of Jazz Forward.