There are four main gigs coming up in the next few days.

Thursday sees the regular Bridge Music gig in the Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street. This week’s guest are the Swedish sax, bass and drums trio Plunge. Individually and collectively, the band have worked with a number of excellent musicians over the years. They’ve recorded a couple of albums as a quartet with Bobo Stenson on piano, and the individual members have worked with a range of musicians including Tommy Smith, Dave Liebman, Paul Bley and Miroslav Vitous. The footage I’ve seen of them suggest they’re freeish jazz, but definitely jazz rather than free improv. So it’s definitely worth taking the Plunge and going along, I reckon. The concert costs a mere £6 (£5 concessions) and starts at 8pm.

Here they are last year in Newcastle:

Saturday evening looks like being LOUD!

Jazz-rock outfit Led Bib are playing the Captain’s Rest at 185 Great Western Road (the St George’s Cross end), which is not a venue I normally associate with jazz. Support acts are Pyramidion and Rafe Fitzpatrick. It looks like a deliberate attempt to market a jazz group (if hardly a conventional one) to a young non-jazz audience, so it will be interesting to see what type of crowd it gets. Tickets are £5 and can be bought in advance from Monorail Music or online at http://www.wegottickets.com. Doors open 8pm, but I’m not sure when the bands are actually on stage.

Some Led Bib:

The same night, Glasgow bass legend Jack Bruce is playing at Arches, with the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Experience. I suspect it will be mainly an evening of blues-rock, but since Bruce is a local hero and has serious jazz cred in his past – Things We Like with John McLaughlin, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Jon Hiseman, plus recordings with Neil Ardley, Mike Gibbs and Carla Bley among others – I thought I’d give him a mention. Doors open at 7.30pm, with Jack Bruce and band due on stage at 8pm. It will set you back £21.

Here he is in 1969 with Buddy Guy and Roland Kirk:

If you want something a bit quieter that night, you’ll need to head through to Edinburgh where Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu are playing at the Queen’s Hall. It starts at 8pm and costs £16.50.

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