Three main events this week.
On Thursday, there’s a night of superhuman jazz at Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street when Iain Copeland’s X-Men perform. Copeland was a well-kent figure on the Glasgow scene until he moved to Skye, where he’s one of the main forces behind the Skye Jazz Festival, runs a recording studio and plays drums with folk-techno fusion band the Peatbog Faeries. On saxophone is ex-London jazz legend and Scottish Folk Instrumentalist of the Year 2009 Nigel Hitchcock. Guitarist Malcolm MacFarlane and bass player John Spiers complete the line-up, and we’re promised “reworked modern standards … and songs from Radiohead, Neil Young and Prince”. It starts at 8pm and tickets cost £6.
Saturday night is singers’ night.
Kurt Elling, frequently described as the best male jazz singer around, is appearing at the RSAMD with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra led by Tommy Smith. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £17.50. There’s a pre-concert talk by Tommy Smith and Kurt Elling at 6.45 which is free to ticket-holders. Here’s a review of Elling’s latest CD from the excellent Birmingham blog The Jazz Breakfast.
Also on that night, at the Eastwood Park Theatre (between Giffnock railway station and Rouken Glen Park), Todd Gordon is doing his Tony Bennett Songbook show. Again it starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are £12 with concessions at £10 and £8. There’s no indication on either the theatre web site or his own of who the backing band will be.
Finally, reviews from the Herald of two gigs from last weekend: