At the moment the musical scene in Glasgow is dominated by Celtic Connections (although as far as I know the regular sessions in Mono, Brel and The 78 are still running). For the next ten days or so, the Scottish jazz action looks like being concentrated in Edinburgh, where Bill Kyle’s Jazz Bar has a couple of particularly interesting gigs coming up.
On Thursday 21st, UK-born but US-based pianist John Escreet brings his group The John Escreet Project to the city. Any band with altoist David Binney or drummer Nasheet Waits in it is well worth hearing, and this one’s got both of them. Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and bassist Matt Brewer complete the line-up. If they’re as good as the London Jazz Blog review of their performance at Ronnie Scott’s suggests, this should be a good night. Here’s a video of The John Escreet Project in action.
The next night, guitarist Moss Freed brings his band up from Manchester. I don’t know much about him, but he studied at Berklee, so at the very least he’ll be technically proficient. Again, there’s footage of a Moss Freed group on the internet, although I think this is a different line-up from the one which will be appearing in Edinburgh, as the Jazz Bar web site doesn’t mention a violinist.
More about these gigs, and others, on the Jazz Bar web site. It puts on jazz every night of the week every week of the year, so if you’re through in Edinburgh it’s always worth going along to support it.