After a fairly quiet summer, the Glasgow jazz diary looks like getting underway big style.

Tonight, Thursday 30th September, the Chick Lyall – Rob Hall Quartet are playing at the Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street. 8.15 start, tickets are dirt cheap at a mere £4 (£3 concessions). Oh, and in case you didn’t see it, Keith Bruce gave the Bridge Music Glasgow Jazz Series a plug in the Herald last week.

The RSAMD is putting on a peformance by Tommy Smith and some of the students and staff of the Academy’s jazz course at 1 o’clock on Friday afternoon. That evening, legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen is playing at the Arches. (Tony Allen interview)

Friday also sees the start of the Lockerbie Jazz Festival, which runs until Sunday. Performers include Carol Kidd, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Ken Peplowski, Canadian saxophonist Mike Ruby, Indian pianist Utsav Lal and various local groups.

The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra are performing at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday afternoon, accompanying a series of early German avant-garde films by director Hans Richter. More details on the GFT website.

Later next week, the Gilad Atzmon Quartet with Frank Harrison (piano), Yaron Stavi (bass) and Eddie Hick (drums) is at the Glasgow Art Club on Thursday 7th October. A bargain at only £8 (£6 concessions), as Atzmon’s regarded as one of the hottest young sax players around.

On Friday 8th, to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, there’s a “Swinging the Beatles” charity gala at the Royal Concert Hall. The Ryan Quigley Big Band plus string section will be accompanying a host of star singers, including Carol Kidd, Jacqui Dankworth, Julie Fowlis, Justin Currie, Todd Gordon and Sandi Thom in an evening of Beatles songs. Proceeds go to the Yorkhill Children’s Fund.

There’s also the usual quota of bar gigs in places like Brel and the Rio Cafe.

Typically, the first time there’s a good full week of jazz on for a while, I’m away on holiday and will miss them all.

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