This Thursday’s gig at Glasgow Art Club looks as if it should be very good indeed. Bridge Music are presenting bassist Michael Janisch’s new Paradigm Shift Quintet. The two horn players will be familiar from the quintet Janisch brought to the City Halls eighteen months ago: saxophonist Paul Booth and the outstanding American trumpeter Jason Palmer. Palmer’s worked with a lot of the big boys: he was in Greg Osby’s band for a couple of years and has also played with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Jimmy Smith. He’s worth the price of admission on his own. The final members of the band are Leonardo Genovese (piano, New York), and David Lyttle (drums, New York/Belfast). The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are £8 (£6 concessions).
Normally, the band which plays the Art Club on Thursday appears at Edinburgh’s Jazz Bar the night before. But Janisch and Co’s Edinburgh gig is on Friday: on Wednesday, the Jazz Bar is putting on the fascinating London-based two-tenor outfit Outhouse. It would have been great to have seen them through in Glasgow as well, but it looks as if tour schedules didn’t allow it.
Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift Quintet will also be putting on a masterclass on Friday at the Jazz Bar, between 4 and 6pm. The promoters say: “Attention all players (and listeners)! Come in and play with these absolutely top-notch guys and have your playing leap forward several levels! Suitable for all instruments, all levels, this is a UNIQUE opportunity to learn first-hand from true jazz masters. Don’t miss it!”