Paul Harrison and Alan Barnes, or the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra?
Sunday 24th is another of those days when there’s more than one gig on at the same time.
In the City Halls Recital Room, Jazz International are putting on a concert by the Paul Harrison Quartet with special guest Alan Barnes. The first half consists of a new work commissioned to celebrate 20 years of jazz events at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, while in the second we’re promised straightahead, swinging jazz (although I’d imagine there’s a fair amount of that in the first set as well). As well as being a fine sax player, Alan Barnes always puts on a good show – he’s got some of the best between song patter of anyone in British jazz. It starts at 7.30pm
At the same time, the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra are performing up at the RSAMD. They might be young, but they’re good, and the material Tommy gives them takes no prisoners:not just the classic Ellington and Basie stuff, but compositions by Charles Mingus, Kenny Wheeler and Maria Schneider.