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A few dates for your jazz diaries:

  • Seamus Blake with the Alyn Cosker Trio, upstairs at the Vale Bar (just outside Queen Street Station). Monday 1st, 8pm. A new venue to me. Thanks to Euphbass for pointing this one out. New York based saxophonist Blake has worked with John Scofield and the Mingus Big Band among others, so this should be a good night. MIchael Janisch and David Dunsmuir complete the line-up.
  • Details of Jazz International’s February concerts are now available. On Saturday 6th, there is an excellent looking double bill, with the Brian Kellock – Julian Argüelles Duo sharing a show with Australian piano trio Trichotomy. If you live in Edinburgh, you can hear them each do a full gig, Trichotomy on Thursday at the Jazz Bar, and Kellock and Argüelles on Sunday at the Lot, but unfortunately for some reason (probably to do with tour schedules), we only get them doing half a show each.
  • On the other hand, Trichotomy’s Edinburgh gig clashes with a performance at the Lot by a fine Swedish trio of tenorist Fredrik Nordström, veteran bassist Palle Danielsson (who’s worked with Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek and Charles Lloyd) and drummer Fredrik Rundqvist. Nordström’s quintet set Moment is one of my favourite jazz albums of the Noughties, so if I lived in Edinburgh, this is the one I’d be at on Thursday, much though I’d be interested to hear Trichotomy.
  • Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra are playing at the Tolbooth in Stirling on Saturday 6th, before going on to the RSAMD on Sunday the 7th.
  • Later in the month, Jazz International are putting on Christine Tobin and Liam Noble who will be doing a concert based around Carol King’s Tapestry album (Sunday 14th), and the Stewart Forbes – David Newton Quartet (Sunday 21st).