The 25th Glasgow Jazz Festival officially begins a week tomorrow, on Wednesday 29th June, but there are a couple of events the night before which might interest anyone in town on the 28th.

The Scottish Jazz Awards 2011 award ceremony is taking place at 7.30pm in the Tron Theatre. A number of tickets are available to the public: they cost £15 and are available from the Tron box office (phone 0141 552 4267).

Just up the road, Benin’s masters of Afro-funk and highlife, the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, are playing in the Old Fruitmarket at 8pm. Tickets cost £18 and are available from the Glasgow Concert Halls website and at the City Halls and Royal Concert Hall box offices. Incidentally, the printed version of the Glasgow Jazz Festival programme points out that it was the then director of the festival, Jim Smith, who in 1992 spotted the potential of the Old Fruitmarket as a venue: up to that point it was being used as a car park.

Here’s some vintage footage of the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo in action:

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