There are two jazz concerts to look out for at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this week.

Blue Monday with Tommy Smith

On Monday 14th at 7.30pm, there’s the first of this year’s “Blue Monday” series. This one features Tommy Smith presenting various bands made up of students on the RCS’s jazz degree course. A number of the musicians involved are already establishing themselves on the local scene – players such as Scott Murphy, Utsav Lal, Andy Baker, Pete Johnstone, John Lowrie and Brodie Jarvie – but it will also be a good chance to hear some of the younger folk on the course. They’ll be playing jazz standards by the like of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Cedar Walton. Tickets are £9 with £7 concessions.

This session’s other Blue Mondays are led by:

  • Paolo Fresu. Monday 25th February.
  • Mario Caribé. Monday 11th March.
  • Kevin Mackenzie. Monday 18th March.
  • Steve Hamilton. Monday 29th April.
  • Paul Harrison. Monday 20th May.

Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra

On Friday 18th, it’s the turn of the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. This performance is the first date in a weekend mini-tour which also sees them in Inverness on Saturday (where the Highland Youth Big Band will be opening for them), and Pitlochry on Sunday afternoon. Proceeds from the Pitlochry concert (at the Festival Theatre) will help fund the renovation and development of a primary school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, so if you go along to that one you’ll be contributing to a good cause as well as getting the chance to hear some of Scottish jazz’s young talents.

The Glasgow concert starts at 7.30pm. Full-price tickets are £8, with £6 concessions and free admission for the under-16s.

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