This weekend sees an unusually high number of gigs by women, and an unusually high number of gigs featuring singers.
I’ll start in Glasgow.
Last night saw a performance Ryan Quigley Big Band with Justin Currie at Platform in Easterhouse. It was put on as part of the Tune Up initiative to bring quality live music to places which aren’t on the regular touring circuits. So far most participants have chosen to go to rural locations, but Quigley has also chosen to play in venues on the periphery of Glasgow and Edinburgh rather than in the city centres (the “Edinburgh” gig next week is actually in Musselburgh). It’s a commendable idea, even if it makes it harder for people living in other parts of the city to get to the gigs. The venue is part of the Bridge complex in Westerhouse Road which also contains the public library, a campus of John Wheatley College and a swimming pool. Euphbass’s blog has an account of the band’s previous collaboration with Currie at last year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival.
On Sunday 14th, New York pianist and singer Daryl Sherman is performing at the City Halls Recital Room. Singer (and Jazz International promoter) Todd Gordon will be guesting for part of the show. I’m not familiar with Sherman’s work, but she’s performed with a number of big names, as this video of her with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon demonstrates.
Edinburgh sees some renowned overseas visitors: tonight pianist Rachel Z plays the second of two shows at the Jazz Bar, with a trio which includes drummer Omar Hakim; and ex-EST bass player Dan Berglund’s new band Tonbruket is at the Queen’s Hall. There are interviews with Berglund in The Herald and Scotsman.
Singer Lorna Reid has a couple of gigs this weekend. On Saturday she’s at the CatStrand arts centre in New Galloway with a quintet which includes Colin Steele. Don’t be fooled by the venue’s postal address, by the way: the CatStrand isn’t in Castle Douglas town, but in Scotland’s smallest royal burgh, New Galloway, fifteen miles away at the northern end of Loch Ken. On Sunday she and pianist David Patrick are playing at the Metropolitain Hotel in Edinburgh.
Finally, the Aberdeen Jazz Festival is now underway and runs until Sunday.