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There seems to be more jazz than usual on this weekend.

On the evening of Friday 11th, the excellent American drummer Ari Hoenig is playing at the Recital Room in the City Halls. He’s there with a trio made up of Gilad Hekselmann (also from the US) on guitar and Euan Burton on bass. I heard Hoenig perform with Kenny Werner a couple of years ago, and reckon he’s one of the best young drummers around.

Singer Todd Gordon’s Saturday night “Sinatra Birthday Concert”, also at the Recital Room, is sold out. However, he’s putting on an extra matinee performance at 3pm. Last time I checked there were still tickets available for that.

On Sunday night, singer Madaleine Pritchard is performing at Nice’n’Sleazy in Sauchiehall Street, a venue I don’t usually associate with jazz. I suppose she’s a jazz-soul crossover singer rather than a jazz musician per se, but the track played on The Jazz House this week was impressive enough for me not to want to call the Jazz Police.

Talking about the Jazz Police: Spanish fan calls police over saxophone band who were just not jazzy enough

And talking about The Jazz House: this week’s show has a couple of archive tracks from a 1974 Belgrade concert by the magnificent Mr Sonny Rollins. It’s what the BBC iPlayer was invented for. (The Rollins starts about 30 minutes in, but there’s plenty of good stuff in the rest of the programme.)

Finally, the Glasgow Winterfest which has temporarily taken over George Square, is putting on free (as in “no cost”) jazz and blues concerts on Sunday evenings throughout December. This week it’s the Byres Road Big Band. The show starts at 7pm. I suppose some Daily Heil readers might think that the name “Winterfest” is “political correctness gone mad”, but I prefer to see it as a return to the authentic Scottish tradition of not celebrating Christmas. I’ll leave the last word to John Knox:

..the Feasts… of Apostles, Martyrs, Virgins, of Christmas, Circumcision, Epiphany, Purification, and other fond feasts of our Lady… in God’s scriptures they neither have commandment nor assurance, we judge them utterly to be abolished from this Realm; affirming further, that the obstinate maintainers and teachers of such abominations ought not to escape the punishment of the Civil Magistrate.

History of the Reformation in Scotland