Two jazzy events to look out for over the next few days:

Tomorrow, Thursday 16th, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have their annual big band concert. Guest soloist is Glasgow-born trumpeter Bruce Adams. I believe the drummer for the night is to be Alyn Cosker. Now, why doesn’t someone book Bruce Adams to play a small group gig here? Tickets start at £12. The concert is in the Royal Concert Hall and begins at 7.30. You can book online.

On Friday 15th, maverick pianist-bassist-composer Bill Wells curates a “Black Christmas” concert at the Tolbooth in Stirling. As well as Wells’ own band, The National Jazz Trio of Scotland (not a trio and arguably not jazz) there’s a wide selection of guests including, from the pop world, Aidan Moffat and Davie Scott, and from the jazz world, trumpeter Robert Henderson. There’s an interview with Bill Wells in today’s Herald. Details of the event should be available from the Stirling Tolbooth web pages, but like the rest of the Stirling Council web site they’re unavailable at the time of writing.

Oh, and this is apparently the 200th post in this blog.