Stuart Brown Quartet

On Thursday the 9th, there’s the final concert in Bridge Music’s Autumn season at Glasgow Art Club, by the Stuart Brown Quartet. Alongside Brown are tenor player Brian Molley, Paul Harrison on keyboards, and Mario Caribé on bass. Bridge Music’s web site informs us that “with influences as diverse as Klezmer, free improv, drum’n’bass, math metal and cartoon jazz – anything could happen …!” It will only cost you £5 to find out exactly what does happen. Doors open 7.30pm, with the music starting round about 8.15pm.

GIO Festival 3

On Friday and Saturday, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra are putting on their annual festival of “free improvisation and collaboration” at the CCA. Each day starts with a discussion, followed by a series of performances. Participants include Barry Guy, John Butcher, Maggie Nicols and Scottish jazz/improv legend Ken Hyder.

Friday 10th December

  • 6.00pm. Discussion of graphic scores
  • 7.30pm. GIO and guests: a performance of “Schweben” – a Barry Guy composition featuring a recording of the late great Edwin Morgan reading his translation of a poem by Mayakovsky
  • 8.30pm. Neil Davidson (guitar), Nick Fells (laptop) and Aileen Campbell (voice)
  • 9.30pm. Ken Hyder, solo percussion.
  • 10.30pm. John Butcher (sax), John Russell (guitar) and Dominic Lash (bass)

Saturday 11th December

  • 2.00pm. Discussion on improvisation
  • 4.00pm. Drums vs Printers (?!). Stuart Brown and Damier Marchal
  • 5.00pm. Peter Nicholson (cello) and Shane Connelly (puppets). Eh?
  • 7.30pm. Three duos: George Burt and John Russell (guitars); Dominic Lash (bass) and Maggie Nicols (voice); Fritz Welch (drums) and John Butcher (saxophones)
  • 9.30pm. Edge: a drums, voice and sax trio consisting of Ken Hyder, Maggie Nicols and Raymond MacDonald
  • 10.30pm. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra plus guests.

Tickets are £8 per day, with £5 concessions. More information on the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra blog.

Hamish Napier Quartet

If your tastes run more to free live jazz than live free jazz, the Hamish Napier Quartet are playing at Brel on the Saturday afternoon, starting at 3pm.

Brass Jaw on Radio 3

Finally, late on Sunday night, you can hear one of Brass Jaw’s performances at this year’s London Jazz Festival on Radio Three’s Jazz Line-Up. Their new album “Branded” came out at the beginning of the month and is every bit as good as “Deal With It!”.

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