Here are some of the highlights of next month’s Glasgow jazz scene. If the weather doesn’t show the charms of spring, maybe one of these gigs will cheer you up.

Friday 1st April.

The James Taylor Quartet, The Ferry. 8pm. Tickets £18.50 in advance, £20 on the door. Funky organ-based jazz.

Thursday 7th April.

Jim Mullen Quartet, Glasgow Art Club. 8pm. £6 (£5 concessions). Glasgow-born guitar legend playing with a fine local band: Steve Hamilton on piano, Mario Caribé on bass and Alyn Cosker on drums.

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, Royal Concert Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets from £10 up to £16. The second half of the concert features a quartet of NYJOS director Malcolm Edmonstone with Andrew Bain, Ruaridh Patterson and Andy Robb playing a selection of new pieces, accompanied by the strings of the National Youth Orchestra strings. The first half features the National Children’s Orchestra playing works by Prokofiev, Walton and van Anrooy.

Sunday 10th April.

Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, RSAMD. 7.30pm. £7, £4 concessions.

Nigel Clark and Friends, Cafe Cossachok. 9pm. £6. No mention on the Cossachok web site of who the friends are, but with Jim Mullen having played in Glasgow just a few days before, this looks like a good weekend for jazz guitar lovers.

Thursday 14th April.

Alex Garnett Quartet, Glasgow Art Club. 8pm. £6 (£5 concessions). London based hard bop saxophonist, here with a band which includes the great Michael Janisch on bass.

Sunday 17th April.

Gitane Ecosse, Cafe Cossachok. 9pm. £6.
Predominantly Polish gypsy jazz quartet playing Django Reinhardt classics and some American Songbook standards.

Thursday 21st April.

Brass Jaw, Glasgow Art Club. 8pm. £6 (£5 concessions). Glasgow’s own three sax and trumpet horn quartet, capable of switching effortlessly from a delicate chamber ensemble to a mini-big band. If you’ve not heard them yet, you’ve been missing a treat.

Sunday 24th April.

Federation of the Disco Pimp. Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street. 8pm. £7.
Soulful jazz-funk. Support band are Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience.

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