The May to July brochure for The Lot in the Grassmarket arrived today. There's always much more jazz on in Edinburgh than there is in Glasgow, and this season looks like being no exception. If you want a full listing, go to the Jazz Centre web site, but here are what strike me as the most interesting ones.
Anita Wardell, 24th May.
Arguelles/Guilfoyle/Black, 31st May.
Sax player Julian Arguelles, bassist Ronan Guilfoyle, and drummer Jim Black. Jim Black's played drums with a lot of cutting edge U.S. musicians, including Dave Douglas, Uri Caine and Ellery Eskelin. The concert should be worth hearing for him alone.
Ken Peplowski Quartet with Brian Kellock, 7th June.
Alister Spence Trio, 14th June.
Australian piano trio. I don't know much about them as a band, but both pianist Spence and bass player Lloyd Swanton have been involved in some excellent groups in the past, Spence as one of the leaders of Clarion Fracture Zone, and Swanton as the main writer in the catholics (whose debut album is high on my list of great jazz records no-one's heard of), and as bass player with the legendary Bernie McGann (who's high on my list of great jazz musicians no-one's ever heard of).
Makoto Ozone Trio, 5th July.
Japanese pianist who played in Gary Burton's group at the same time as Tommy Smith, with an ace rhythm section of James Genus (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums).
There's a lot of other potentially excellent stuff on from Scottish musicians: the Burt-Macdonald Quintet, Laura Macdonald, an interesting looking quartet led by Tom Lyne, piano god Brian Kellock with his trio and in other contexts, the Dave Milligan Trio, Colin Steele playing Miles Davis…
Maybe I ought to move to Edinburgh.