Some gigs to look out for this week:

Sunday 20th

Nigel Clark and Lev Atlas, Cafe Cossachok. 9pm, £6.
Gypsy jazz and East European folk tunes from the excellent Nigel Clark on acoustic guitar and Lev Atlas on violin. I’ve never been sure whether you can just turn up for the concerts at Cossachok, or if you’re expected to have a meal first, but if you want some tasty Russian food followed by some tasty jazz guitar, this is the place to be tonight.


Tuesday 22nd

Strathclyde University Jazz Students, Ramshorn Theatre. 1.15pm – 2.00pm, £4
A lunchtime concert from some of the jazz majors on Strathclyde’s Applied Music degree course, directed by Stewart Forbes. Tea and coffee available, and you’re welcome to bring something to eat.


Thursday 24th

There’s plenty on tonight, so you’re going to have to choose…

David Newton Quartet featuring Stewart Forbes, Glasgow Art Club. 8pm, £6.
Expect elegant but swinging mainstream jazz from pianist Newton, alto player Forbes, bassist Brian Shiels and drummer Alyn Cosker. An absolute bargain for this price.
Mr McFall’s Chamber with Maxmiliano Martin, Paul Harrison and Stuart Brown. RSAMD. 8pm, £12.
The uncategorisable Mr McFall’s Chamber (they describe themselves as “a music ensemble which plays a range of music from tango through jazz and rock to contemporary classical, taking in quite a lot besides”) give the world premiere of pieces by saxophonists Tim Garland and Martin Kershaw in a concert which also includes pieces by Frank Zappa, Astor Piazzola, and Raymond Scott. Soloists are the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s excellent clarinettist Maxmiliano Martin, plus jazzers Paul Harrison and Stuart Brown.
The Trio of Oz, The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh. 9pm, £15.
If you fancy a trip through to Edinburgh, top American band The Trio of Oz are on at the Jazz Bar in Chambers Street. They’ve nothing to do with Australia: they’re Rachel Z on piano, Solomon Dorsey on bass, and Omar Hakim on drums. Between them they’ve worked recorded with many of the greats, including Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield and Stevie Wonder.


Friday 25th

Strathclyde University Big Band, St Andrew’s in the Square. 9pm, free.
Regular monthly appearance by the band. I think they’re playing in the downstairs cafe/bar area (Cafe Source) rather than the main auditorium, but I could be wrong. If so, it’s another place where you can have a decent meal beforehand and then sit on to listen to the music.