Details of some of the concerts at this year’s Glasgow Jazz International Jazz Festival, which runs from the 18th to the 27th of June, are emerging. You wouldn’t know this from the Festival’s own web site, though. They’ve been slower off the mark promoting their events than some of the individual venues involved.
Highlights of the concerts which have been announced to date are:
- Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Concert Hall Main Auditorium, Sunday 27th June. Not cheap at £29.50, but probably worth it. Start saving.
- Mose Allison at the Old Fruitmarket, Friday 25th. Witty blues-influenced singer and pianist. You’re bound to know some of his songs, even if you don’t realise he wrote them.
- Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django, Old Fruitmarket, Thursday 24th.
- Stan Tracey Quartet, Old Fruitmarket, Wednesday 23rd. No mention of who the other three members are yet.
- The Necks, Tron Theatre, Tuesday 22nd. Australian trio whose music is as much improvised ambient minimalism as conventional jazz. Their long, generally slow pieces are either hypnotically beautiful or tediously repetitive depending on your taste. I rather like them, but it depends a bit on the mood I’m in.
- Arun Ghosh Sextet. Tron Theatre, Thursday 24th. Indo-jazz fusion from a young Birmingham Manchester-area clarinettist
Other artists appearing include Gwilym Simcock, Neil Cowley, Christine Tobin and Liam Noble, the SNJO, Brass Jaw, and the Ryan Quigley Big Band.
Details of these and other Jazz Festival concerts at the Royal Concert Hall (Main Auditorium and Strathclyde Suite), Old Fruitmarket and City Halls can be found on the Glasgow Concert Halls web site. Details of those at the Tron are on the Tron Theatre web site.