This week’s Glasgow jazz scene is dominated by guitarists and young musicians.
Tomorrow night, Thursday 7th April, sees one of the UK’s top jazz guitarists, Jim Mullen, at Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street.
Mullen started out in Glasgow, but moved to London in the late 60s, where he worked with bands such as Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Kokomo and the Average White Band before going on to form The Morrissey Mullen band, where he played the role of Captain Axe to Dick Morrissey’s Mister Sax. He’s continued to work in a variety of bands, with the album he made last year as a member of “The Great Wee Band” (himself, Henry Lowther, Dave Green and Stu Butterfield) receiving fine reviews, and being voted one of the best of the year by the critics of “Jazz Journal”.
Bridge Music, who are promoting the gig, have put together a suitably fine band for the occasion: Steve Hamilton on piano, Mario Caribé on bass, and Alyn Cosker on drums. It starts at 8pm and tickets are only £6 (£5 concessions).
Here’s a sample of his distinctive thumb-picking style:
Also tomorrow, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland are putting on an interesting-looking concert at the Royal Concert Hall. In the first half, the National Children’s Orchestra play music by van Anrooy, Walton and Prokofiev; in the second, a jazz ensemble led by Malcolm Edmonstone will be accompanied by the strings of the National Youth Orchestra in a set of new compostions by Edmonstone and other members of the band. Tickets range from £10 to £20 but are only £2 for students and children. It starts at 7.30pm.
On Saturday, young bass player Gus Stirrat‘s new quartet is playing at Brel in Ashton Lane from 3 to 6pm. Admission is free.
There’s more youthful musicians in action on Sunday, when the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra are appearing at the RSAMD. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £7 with £4 concessions.
Later that night, you can hear another fine guitarist, one with a very different style from Jim Mullen, when Nigel Clark and (unspecified) friends are playing at Cafe Cossachok in King Street. He’s on at 9pm and admission is £6.