The programme for this year’s Glasgow International Jazz Festival is now out, and as always there are some very interesting gigs. The festival runs from Friday 22nd June to Sunday 1st July, and full details are available at www.jazzfest.co.uk
One of the noteworthy things is the use of a new venue, the Regal Social Club, for quite a few of the concerts. I don’t know anything about the Regal except that last time I was in that part of Bell Street, it wasn’t finished yet. Hopefully it will be fully up-and-running by the start of the festival, and we won’t face the chaos and embarrassment which hit Celtic Connections in 2006 when the revamped City Halls weren’t quite ready in time.
The biggest names appearing at the Festival are the Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau Quartet who are at the Carling Academy on Friday 29th. I won’t be going, though, partly because the ticket price of £29 is off-putting (it’s twice the price of most of the other concerts), and partly because I plan to go and see Annie Ross at the Fruitmarket the same night.
Other highlights for me are
- French singer Mina Agossi on Saturday 23rd
- The Tord Gustavsen Trio on Tuesday 26th
- The return of Kenny Garrett on Saturday 30th
- Liane Carroll, also on Saturday 30th, at the same time as Kenny Garrett
- Legends of Jazz: a band made up of some the best Black British jazz players from the 60s on, including Harry Beckett, Andy Hamilton (the Birmingham tenor player), Rico Rodriguez and veteran bass player Coleridge Goode (early evening concert)
- Randy Weston Trio on Sunday 1st July (late evening concert)
July will be spent recovering from the damage to my wallet.