The Great Jazz Pianists: Scott Flanigan
November 26th 2021

A native of Belfast, Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. Scott has shared a stage with the likes of Van Morrison and the Ulster Orchestra, along with jazz heavyweights Rob Luft, Ant Law, Jim Mullen, Jean Toussaint and Dave O’Higgins, and is a recent nominee at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in London. Scott is the driving force behind the award-nominated Scott’s Jazz Club in East Belfast.

Equally at home in academia as well as the bandstand, Scott received his BMus degree from Ulster University and his MMus in Jazz Performance from Dublin Institute of Technology. Scott is currently working on a Ph.D in Jazz Performance at Ulster University, where he is researching contemporary techniques in jazz piano.Scott is also a recognised composer, with recent commissions from Moving On Music and the PRS Foundation.

Scott is also in demand as a teacher of jazz harmony and improvisation, having delivered workshops across the United Kingdom, and maintains a busy teaching schedule at home in Belfast.

Scott will be playing the music of pianist Bill Evans. Evans use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire and a delicate touch at the piano continues to inspire pianists across the world across numerous genres.

“Elegant and technically assured” –

“A mix of intelligent originals and deftly re-arranged standards” – Irish Times