March 14th to 16th, various venues, Dumfries

The first Dumfries Jazz Clamjamphrie* takes place on the weekend of the 14th to 16th of March. It’s being organised by Doonhamer sax player Ben Bryden as part of his course at Birmingham Conservatory.

Although it’s a small event, with only four gigs, it looks very interesting. The top attraction must be the appearance of Bobby Wellins (one of the few truly great British sax players) at the Rifft Valley Cafe in Castle Street on the Saturday night. He’s accompanied by the David Patrick Trio, who seem to be his regular band when playing in Scotland, and supported by the Mike Fletcher Septet from Birmingham.

Mind you, the Sunday night performance by the very fine Philadelpha drummer Ari Hoenig’s trio should be well worth hearing as well. He’s playing with American guitarist Gilad Hekselman , who I know nothing about, and Scottish bass player Euan Burton.

Ben Bryden’s own band plays on Friday night, as part of a double bill with the Laura Macdonald Quartet.

All of these concerts are in the Rifft Valley Cafe. The fourth concert, on the Sunday afternoon, takes place in the Cairnsdale Hotel and features local youngsters Section Perfection.

Details of ticket prices and starting times at

*Clamjamphrie: a Scots word meaning a varied assortment of things or people.