If you’re really dedicated, you can spend more than twelve hours listening to live jazz on Saturday. The first event of the day, a Jazz for Toddlers improvisation workshop for 2-5 year olds led by Raymond MacDonald, starts at 11am (you need to provide your own toddler); the last, the Late Night Club, starts at 11pm.
There’s too much on to list everything here – go to the Festival website for a full listing. I’d better start by drawing your attention to two changes of line-up from the original programme.
Lee Konitz is currently recuperating following emergency surgery and will therefore be unable to appear with Tomasz Stanko and piano trio Minsarah. Bill Wells will still be his own support act at his gig with Aidan Moffat at Platform, but his Trio will no longer include Lol Coxhill, whose place will be taken by trombonist Gail Brand.
So who will be appearing?
Euan Burton has organised a New Sounds of the Glasgow Scene mini-festival in the Ramshorn Theatre, starting at 1pm. It features loads of up-and-coming youngsters plus a few more established musicians in new combinations. The acts involved are:
- Herd / Johnstone / Jarvie / Lowrie
- Tom Gibbs Trio Plus Three
- Euan Stevenson Trio
- Stuart Brown and Paul Harrison
- Phil Cardwell Group
- R.O.P.E (the Rock-Out Party Ensemble)
Much-lauded young singer Gretchen Parlato, a performer praised by Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock among others, is at the Tron Theatre at 4pm. I suspect this might be one of your few chances to catch her in a smallish venue at a reasonable price. Oh, and a bit of music trivia: her father, Dave Parlato, played bass with Frank Zappa in the seventies.
Michel Legrand is at the City Hall Grand Hall at 7.30pm. Although best known as a songwriter and film composer, he’s also a jazz musician of note, who made an excellent album Legrand Jazz with a big band which included John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Miles Davis and Bill Evans (the pianist). Here’s a review of a recent London gig which will give you some idea what to expect if you go along.
Meadow, the trio made up of pianist John Taylor, percussionist Thomas Strønen and saxophonist Tore Brunborg, are on at the Tron at 8pm: a gig which is a must for anyone with a fondness for ECM-style European jazz.
Ryan Quigley’s Big Band perform a Celebration of Motown in the Old Fruitmarket at 9pm. We’re promised “special guest vocalists”, one of whom will be Ian Shaw, who has a gig of his own at the Rio Cafe in Partick earlier in the evening.
If you’re hoping to go to hear Carol Kidd with Nigel Clark in the Recital Room but haven’t already got a ticket, I’m afraid you’re out of luck: the concert’s sold out.
There are also peformances by the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra, Maria Speight, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Penman’s Jazzmen, Tim Kliphuis, Jazz Futures (a band of young musicians led by Paul Towndrow), the Johnny 7 and the John Fleming Band on at different times throughout the day.
Today’s video is of a man sadly unable to appear due to illness. Fortunately, the latest reports I’ve seen say that he’s “in good health and good spirits, he is happy he is being looked after in a great hospital (in Melbourne) with great staff”. Here’s Lee Konitz backed by Minsarah: