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The European Jazz Network, the Europe-wide association of jazz promoters is holding its annual General Assembly (a good Scottish term, that) in Glasgow this coming weekend.

To mark the event, Glasgow Jazz Festival has organised three Best of British Jazz Showcases, each featuring several bands from Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.

Thursday 24th September, Strathclyde Suite, Royal Concert Hall, 8pm

  • Stu Brown’s Raymond Scott Project
  • Tom Cawley’s Curios
  • Ryan Quigley Sextet
  • Get the Blessing

Friday 25th September, Old Fruitmarket, 8pm

  • Liane Carroll
  • Neon. Stan Sulzmann, Kit Downes (ex-Empirical) and Jim Hart
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. “Rhapsody in Blue”, featuring Brian Kellock.

Saturday 25th September, Old Fruitmarket, 8pm

  • Phil Bancroft’s “Home, Small as the World”
  • Rhythmica. Offshoot of Tomorrow’s Warriors.
  • George Burt / Raymond MacDonald Group
  • Paul Towndrow’s Newology
  • Trio VD. Leeds trio with a name which is no doubt meant to be “edgy” but is just silly.

There’s a free concert followed by jam session at 11pm each night in the Oshi restaurant at the Park Inn hotel: NewT (Chris Greive, Graham Stephen and drummer Chris Wallace) on Thursday, Troyka on Friday and the Alyn Cosker Trio on Saturday.

Tickets for the main concerts are £10 for each concert or £20 for all three. Unfortunately it’s the Glasgow September holiday weekend and I’ve arranged to go away, so I’ll only make it to the first one.