These day by day guides aren’t intended as a comprehensive guide to everything that’s on at this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival. For that you’ll need to go to the Glasgow Jazz Festival website. Rather, they’re pointers to a few of the gigs and other events which I think are worthy of note, particularly some of the smaller scale ones.
The first official concert of the Festival is at 6pm in the City Halls Recital Room, and features local heroes Brass Jaw, winners of the ensemble category at this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Your £10 ticket also gets you admission to, and a glass of wine at, the Lord Provost’s Welcome Reception beforehand which launches the festival.
Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth are singing in the Grand Hall in a concert starting at 7.30pm. There’s nothing in the brochure that indicates who their band will be.
At 8pm, you’re spoilt for choice. The final of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year is on in the Old Fruitmarket; pianist Kit Downes‘ acclaimed trio, which also features SNJO bassist Calum Gourlay and the excellent drummer James Maddren, are playing at Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street; surf-rock combo the Beat Poets (featuring Herald arts editor and jazz festival board member Keith Bruce on sax) celebrate 25 years in the business with a gig at Brel; and Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra resurrect a couple of specially commissioned works from the early years of the festival, Benny Carter’s “Glasgow Suite” and Gerry Mulligan’s “Flying Scotsman”, with Alan Barnes taking the Carter and Mulligan saxophone parts. I was at the original Mulligan performance in the Pavilion, but don’t remember much about it. I thought a lot of the concert was just performed by a small band? My memory’s obviously going.
Ryan Quigley puts in his second appearance of the night in the Recital Room at 9.30, with a performance by his trio and guest vocalist Justin Currie (the former Del Amitri singer).
Manchester’s Dan Whieldon Group get the first of the free Late Night Jazz sessions underway at 10.30pm. This year’s venue for these jam sessions is the Thistle Hotel on the corner of Renfrew and Cambridge Streets.
That’s not the latest start of the day, though: Tommy Smith’s Karma have a late night gig at Stereo in Renfield Lane starting at 11pm. As well as playing material from their recent album, they’ll be performing a new piece with video accompaniment. The album’s been getting pretty good reviews: here’s one from the Birmingham Jazz Breakfast blog, one from All About Jazz, and one from the Guardian.
Today’s video is of Ryan Quigley and Justin Currie from last year (with Karma’s Steve Hamilton and Alyn Cosker in the band):