Friday night is funk night. It’s also Scottish male singer night.

Head along to the Old Fruitmarket and you can strut your funky stuff for most of the evening: Ramsey Lewis is on at 9pm, playing a set which will include all of his 70s jazz-funk album Sun Goddess; and at 11pm actor, comedian and Radio 6 DJ Craig Charles will be broadcasting his Funk and Soul Show from the venue, complete with a live set from The Federation of the Disco Pimp (the full 7-piece line-up with horns).

Todd Gordon will be singing Great Songs from the Movies in the Recital Room at 9.30pm; and Steven Duffy will be singing Duke Ellington songs in the company of Richard Michael and Warren Vaché at Glasgow Art Club at 8pm.

Now for the stuff I can’t neatly fit into the categories above:

  • Steve Hamilton and Kevin Mackenzie play as a piano and guitar duo in the Recital Room at 7pm
  • If your tastes run to the traditional, there’s the annual Riverboat Shuffle on the Waverley paddle steamer, leaving Glasgow Science Centre at 7.30pm
  • At the other extreme, Italian noiseniks Zu – a band who make Last Exit sound like sentimental softies – are in Platform in Easterhouse at 7.30pm. Once again there will be a bus to and from the gig laid on, leaving from outside Mono at 7pm
  • The always interesting saxophonist Phil Bancroft‘s multimedia show Home Small as the World is on at the Ramshorn Theatre at 8pm
  • Guitar ace John Etheridge is at the Tron Theatre at 8pm with his Django-style band Sweet Chorus, featuring Chris Garrick in the Stephane Grapelli role
  • Singer Christine Bovill is at Brel in Ashton Lane at 8pm
    The festival’s token non-jazz big name this year is singer, pianist and songwriter Leon Russell, who’s playing in the City Halls Grand Hall starts at 7.30pm

Finally, the Late Night Club at the Thistle Hotel starts at 11pm.

As always, you can find full details of prices, venue addresses, etc. on the Glasgow Jazz Festival website.

Here’s Phil Bancroft’s promo video for Home Small as the World: