After a long jazzless summer, details of some of the concerts which will be on in Glasgow between now and Christmas are available. There is still no word of what Assembly Direct will be do, but both Jazz International and Tommy Smith have announced series of concerts.
Three events stand out from the rest. On October 19th, the great Norma Winstone will be performing at the City Halls, accompanied by Italian pianist Glauco Venier and German reedsman Klaus Gesing. Arild Andersen will be at the RSAMD as part of a trio with Tommy Smith and drummer Paolo Vinaccia on December 6th. Andersen and Smith did a very fine duo set a couple of years back, so it will be interesting to hear how well they work with a drummer. The stunningly good Venezuelan pianist Leo Blanco is back in Scotland, guesting with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in a concert of Latin-flavoured music (RSAMD, 15th November).
And talking of great piano players, there’s also another piece of significant jazz news tucked away in the middle of the Jazz International announcement: “Brian Kellock will release his new CD, featuring Julian Arguelles, to coincide with this tour.” Yippee! (The tour in question is a series of duo dates with Lianne Carroll in late November).