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There are a few interesting gigs coming up in the next week or so. Unfortunately, to get to all of them you’ll have to master the art of being in two places at the same time.

The RSAMD is putting on two concerts featuring the RSAMD Jazz Ensemble with guests.

On Thursday 29th they are joined by trumpeter American trumpeter Marvin Stamm. Stamm’s an unfamilar name to me, but he’s got a solid track record stretching back to the sixties. He’s been a member of the Stan Kenton, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis and George Gruntz bands as well as having an established career as a session player.

On Tuesday 3rd November, they are performing with altoist Nigel Hitchcock and trumpeter Ryan Quigley. According to the brochure with came out a few months ago, American trumpeter Wayne Bergeron was to have been the guest soloist, but this seems to have changed, at least according to the RSAMD web site.

On Thursday 5th, you’ve a dilemma.

  • The Portico Quartet, with their unusual soprano sax, bass and two hang line-up are playing at the Arches, supported by the pop band Sweet Billy Pilgrim (presumably Kurt Vonnegut fans). The concert is being put on by the Arches themselves, rather than by one of the regular local jazz promoters. It will be interesting to see how the audience at this differs in size and in age and gender from the audience at a “normal” jazz concert at one of the city’s usual jazz venues. Doors open at 7.30pm.
  • Half an hour later and half a mile away, Belfast guitarist Mark McKnight is playing at the City Halls Recital Room, leading a quartet of Ross Stanley on organ, Will Vinson on sax, and James Maddren on drums. McKnight and Vinson have both played Glasgow fairly recently, with Konrad Wiszniewski and Jonathan Kreisberg respectively, and are well worth hearing.

There are also a couple of decent-looking afternoon pub gigs on at the weekend. Guitarist Alan Sweeney’s Quintet is playing Brel on Saturday, starting at 3pm, and the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra have their monthly residency at West on Sunday, starting at 2pm. Admission to these is free, although obviously it’s good manners to buy some beer or soft drinks.

*Today’s big word. It means “Presence in more than one place at the same time”, according to Collins English Diction