Bridge Music’s programme of Thursday night concerts at the Glasgow Art Club starts again for the spring next week on February 3rd. There’s a very strong set of gigs coming up in February: if the rest of the series maintains the standard, it should be a very good season indeed.

Herb Geller and his Trio

Thursday 3rd February £8, £6 concessions.
Veteran West Coast (as in Los Angeles) alto player Geller has a fine track record, having worked in the States with musicians of the stature of Clifford Brown, Chet Baker, Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald before moving to Europe in the early 60s where he was a member of the excellent NDR Big Band for many years. He appears here with pianist John Kirby, bassist Martin Zenker and drummer Rick Hollander.

Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra

Thursday 10th February. £10, £8 concessions.
Mathieson’s highly-regarded octet will be playing a programme covering the whole range of their repertoire, from Jelly Roll Morton to Charles Mingus.

Alister Spence Trio with Raymond MacDonald

Thursday 17th February. £8, £6 concessions.
Spence is one of Australia’s leading pianists, who’s worked with the majority of that country’s top musicians, including Bernie McGann and Sandy Evans. He’s here with Australian bassist Joe Williamson, Swedish drummer Christopher Cantillo and Glasgow’s own Raymond MacDonald.

Martin Zenker Quartet

Thursday 24th February. £8, £6 concessions.
Zenker makes his second appearance of the month, this time leading a band of top German players: Stefan Maus (sax), Buggy Braune (piano) and Bjorn Lucker (drums).

Glasgow Art Club is at 185 Bath Street (near Blythswood St), Glasgow G2 4HU. The concerts all start at 8pm. The same musicians will also be playing at The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh the day before their Glasgow gig. More information on these, and the March programme, on the Bridge Music website.