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One for anyone with even a passing interest in free jazz to put in their diary: saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, one of the pioneers of European free music, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love will be playing at The Glad Cafe on Pollokshaws Road on April 7th.

The gig is part of this year’s Counterflows festival of experimental music which will be taking place at various venues throughout the city from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April. As far as I know it’s the first jazz event to be held at The Glad Cafe (although there will be a variety of acts playing on the night, including electronic music specialist Annette Krebs).

I think The Glad Cafe is a venue with great potential as a jazz venue, and one that anyone looking for somewhere to put on gigs while the Art Club is closed for renovation should consider. There’s a grand piano, and a good cafe bar as well as a well-equipped performance space. It’s also a Community Interest Company which aims to plough its profits back into activities such as cheap music lessons for local people once its initial set-up costs have been covered. The one slight drawback is that it’s not in the city centre, but there is good public transport (two train lines and lots of buses) in the area.

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