Various venues, Wednesday 29th June to Sunday 3rd July

The full programme for this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival (it seems to have lost the “International” somewhere along the way) has been announced. You can download a brochure from the Festival website, or view the events online on their programme page.

It’s a very condensed festival this year, running only from Wednesday to Sunday rather than for ten days as in the past, but each of the five days is so packed with goodies that it will be impossible to get to everything that looks interesting.

Some of the big name headliners have already been announced on the Glasgow Concert Halls website: Cleo Laine on Wednesday, Terence Blanchard on Thursday, Ramsey Lewis on Friday, Michel Legrand on Saturday, and Courtney Pine on Sunday. Leon Russell is this year’s big not quite jazz attraction. But there’s a host of other things which look just as good. Among the other events competing for your money are

Wednesday 29th June

  • Brass Jaw
  • Kenny Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra with special guest Alan Barnes
  • Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year final
  • Kit Downes Trio
  • Ryan Quigley Trio with Justin Currie
  • Tommy Smith’s Karma

Thursday 30th June

  • Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
  • Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopian saxophone legend)
  • Warren Vaché & Brian Kellock duo

Friday 1st July

  • Kevin MacKenzie & Steve Hamilton duo
  • John Etheridge
  • ZU
  • Stephen Duffy, Richard Michael and Warren Vaché

Saturday 2nd July

  • Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra
  • Gretchen Parlato
  • New Sounds of the Glasgow Jazz Scene – an afternoon of performances by young jazz musicians curated by Euan Burton
  • Lee Konitz and Thomas Stanko
  • Ian Shaw
  • Meadow (John Taylor, Tore Brunborg, Thomas Strønen)
  • Ryan Quigley Big Band: A Celebration of Motown
  • Carol Kidd and Nigel Clark
  • Aidan Moffatt & Bill Wells supported by the Bill Wells Trio featuring Lol Coxhill

Sunday 3rd July

  • Andreas Varady – 13-year-old guitar prodigy, the youngest person ever to headline at Ronnie Scott’s
  • Martin Taylor
  • NeWt and Breach
  • Matthew Halsall

And there’s plenty more besides…

The festival is concentrated in the Merchant City, so if you choose carefully it should be possible to get to more than one performance in an evening, but there some concerts at other locations, including the Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street, various places in the West End, and Platform out in Easterhouse. There will be buses running from the City Centre to the Platform gigs – a smart piece of thinking as it’s not the easiest of places to get to by public transport. There’s also a season of jazz films, the annual Riverboat Shuffle on the Waverley paddle steamer on Friday night and a Sunday blues extravaganza on the Ferry. The late night jazz club this year is at the Thistle Hotel.

More details nearer the time.

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