Congratulations Richard on receiving this year’s Media award at the Scottish Jazz Awards
Richard Michael, director of Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra and resident jargon buster on BBC Radio Scotland’s weekly magazine programme Jazz House, won the Media award.
The awards, which are organised by the Scottish Jazz Federation and Audacious Music and this year sponsored by Creative Scotland, the Herald newspaper group and Le Monde, were established in 2010 to celebrate the vibrancy of the Scottish jazz scene across the music’s many styles.
Cathie Rae of the Scottish Jazz Federation said: “We’re very proud of the quality of jazz played both within Scotland and by Scottish-born musicians such as Jim Mullen on the international stage. We’re also pleased that mentors such as Richard Michael and projects including Brass Jaw’s school workshops continue to encourage large numbers of young musicians to take up the music and ensure that the healthy state of jazz in Scotland is on course to continue for years to come. These awards recognise the magnificent effort that goes into sustaining careers and interest in the music.”
THE hard work and dedication of Kirkcaldy jazz musician Richard Michael has been recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday honours.
Richard has been given a British Empire Medal for his services to music education, having spent more than 30 years teaching students in Fife.
The 62-year-old was a music teacher at Beath High School in Cowdenbeath for 31 years before he retired five years ago.
He is now a visiting professor for St Andrews University and a broadcaster on Radio Scotland’s Jazz House.
But among many in Fife, Richard may possibly be best known for his role as director of Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra.
It’s a position which he has held for 36 years.
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HARK. Richard Michael, jazz educator, inspirer of the Youth Jazz Orchestra of the Kingdom of Fife, former schoolteacher, possessor of the infectious smile above…. has just won a Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award for his Edinburgh Fringe Show “The History of Jazz Piano.”