OK, I was being unduly pessimistic. But better a pleasantly surprised pessimist than a disappointed optimist.
Jazz International may have stopped putting on regular small scale gigs, but Bill Kyle’s attempts to promote concerts in Edinburgh have finally come to fruition. Bridge Music have just announced a new series of (mainly) Thursday evening concerts in Glasgow. Bridge Music put on many of the concerts at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh, and most of the acts appearing in Glasgow will have played in Edinburgh the previous night (with the odd exception).
They’re being held in the Glasgow Arts Club at 185 Bath Street. I’ve never been in it – it’s normally members only – but I’m told it’s very attractive internally and, crucially, has an excellent piano. Doors open at 7.30 and the concerts will start at 8.15 and end about 10.45.
This Thursday, 23rd April, sees a Grand Opening Party, and there are a further 11 concerts in the Autumn series, to be followed by more gigs in the New Year.
Lifting the descriptions directly from the Bridge Music flyer, the first three concerts are:
Thurs 23 Sept, £4/£3: GRAND OPENING PARTY!
Some superb jazz from (a) Tomorrow’s Stars – the Young Lions from the RSAMD Jazz Course, (b) an open session by some of the most respected players on the Glasgow jazz scene. Guests will include Paul Towndrow, Stewart Forbes, Paul Harrison, Stuart Brown, Ryan Quigley, Euan Burton, Doug Hough, Tom Gibbs, Pete Johnstone, John Lowrie – and many others!
Thurs 30 Sept, £4/£3: CHICK LYALL / ROB HALL QUARTET
Two of the country’s most creative and inventive players, Chick Lyall (piano) & Rob Hall (saxes), in an evening of uniquely stimulating music, with bassist Jennifer Clark and dynamic drummer Andy Bain
Thurs 7 Oct, £8/£6: GILAD ATZMON’S ORIENT HOUSE ENSEMBLE
Launching his new album ‘The Tide has Changed’ with a mammoth UK tour, outstanding London-based sax player Gilad is with Frank Harrison (piano), Yaron Stavi (bass) and Eddie Hick (drums). It’s a fiery mix of Coltrane, Parker, and Miles with music of the Middle East. Although Israeli, Atzmon is staunchly pro-Palestinian, but his politics are kept separate from the gig.
Coming up later in the season:
- Thurs 14 Oct, £5/£4: TOM GIBBS/EUAN BURTON GROUP
20 Oct, £6/£5: JOHN KENNY’S RED SHIFT
- Thurs 28 Oct, £6/£5: ASAF SIRKIS TRIO
- Thurs 4 Nov, £5/£4: BEN BRYDEN’S “BRIGHT NOISE”
- Thurs 11 Nov, £5/£4: BENN CLATWORTHY QUARTET
- Thurs 18 Nov, £6/£5: ANDY PARK NINE-PIECE
- Thurs 25 Nov, £6/£5: GRAEME STEPHEN SEPTET
- Thurs 2 Dec, £10: KLABBES BANK (Swedish sextet)
- Thurs 9 Dec, £5/£4: STUART BROWN QUARTET
At the moment there’s no advance booking – just turn up at the night and pay on the door.