This Thursday’s gig at Glasgow Art Club sees a change from the originally-published schedule. An all-star Scottish quintet led by Colin Steele and Stewart Forbes will be appearing, as the previously-scheduled Andy Park group have had to cancel.
Steele’s a lyrical trumpet player who first emerged as one of the legendary John Rae Collective (a band which played much the same role as an incubator of talent as their contemporaries Loose Tubes and the Jazz Warriors did in London). Since then he’s developed a folk-tinged style, both with his regular quintet and with the ten-piece Stramash, while still finding time to play plenty of straightahead post-bop.
Stewart Forbes has been active on the Scottish scene for many years, both as a fine alto player and as one of the main teachers on the Strathclyde University BA Applied Course.
Pianist for the night is Dave Milligan, who’s worked extensively with Steele as arranger and pianist in his quintet and in Stramash. Various Scottish jazz musicians have dabbled with folk; various folkies have dabbled with jazz: Dave Milligan’s about the only one to have made an equal impact in both traditions. I’m pretty certain he’ll be wearing his jazz hat here, though.
The band is completed by another John Rae Collective veteran, Brian Shiels, on bass, and drummer Tom Gordon, whose regular gig is with the BBC Big Band.
This should be a fine night for all fans of melodic modern jazz. Doors open at 7.30pm, the band will be on about 8.15, and it costs a mere £6 (£5 concessions).