The next week or so looks like being a good time for lovers of piano jazz, with Brian Kellock and Alister Spence both touring.

Brian Kellock

Brian Kellock should need no introduction. He’s quite simply one of the UK’s genuinely international-class jazz talents, and the fact that he’s not established himself as a major name continues to mystify me. His trio have half-a-dozen gigs coming up over the next few weeks:

  • 11th February – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
  • 12th February – Corn Exchange, Biggar
  • 17th February – Platform, Easterhouse, Glasgow
  • 18th February – Tolbooth, Stirling
  • 19th February – Hospitalfield House, Arbroath
  • 27th February – Howden Park Centre, Livingston

He’s supported by Graeme Stephen and Cathie Rae.

I believe there’s a new Kellock album due out soon, so start saving your pennies. Sample tracks are already available on the Thick-Skinned Productions website.

Alister Spence

Alister Spence is one of Australia’s leading pianists: if you heard Radio 3’s recent Jazz Library programmes on Australian jazz, you’ll have heard some of his playing. He’s in the UK next week and will be playing four dates in Scotland and the North of England:

  • 16th February – The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
  • 17th February (lunchtime) – Glasgow University
  • 17th February (evening) – Glasgow Art Club, Bath Street
  • 18th February – Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle

The Glasgow University concert is a duo performance with saxophonist Raymond MacDonald; the other three concerts are in a quartet with MacDonald, Swedish-based Australian bassist Joseph Williamson, and Swedish drummer Christopher Cantillo.

The more percipient of you might have noticed that if you’re in Glasgow and want to see both Kellock and the Spence quartet, you’ll have to master the art of being in two places at once.