The final day of Glasgow Jazz Festival sees a couple of all-day events, lots of youngsters, a musical tour of Europe, and some fine guitarists.
The Ferry has an all day Blues on the River event on. Doors open at 12.30, although I don’t think the bands come on until later in the afternoon. As the name suggests, it features several blues acts, and takes place in a ship on the River Clyde.
Next to the river, though not actually on it, the Mint Hotel (near the SECC) has three bands on over the course of the day: the Euan Stevenson Trio with Lorne Cowieson (1.30pm); the Nova Scotia Jazz Band (4pm); and Cuban/Scottish group Son Al Son (6.30pm).
Back in the City Centre, the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra are in the Old Fruitmarket at 2pm. They’re usually excellent, but the best young player of the afternoon will unquestionably be 13-year-old guitar prodigy Andreas Varady, whose quartet is on at the Recital Room at 3.30pm. He’s already got the chops to hold his own with almost any adult player, the challenge for him now is to develop his own style. But he’s still young. Very, very young.
There’s a couple of interesting gigs on around tea-time. Singer Cathie Rae and guitarist Graeme Stephen are at the Ramshorn Theatre at 4pm, and Manchester trumpeter Matthew Halsall is at the Recital Room at 6pm.
Sunday evening’s Old Fruitmarket gig is by Courtney Pine’s Europa, a band which explores various forms of European folk music and how it can be blended with jazz. Pine’s normally known as a tenor and soprano sax player, but plays only bass clarinet in this band. The full line-up’s unclear, but the album and most of the gigs I’ve seen reviewed have included Zoe Rahman on piano, Shabaka Hutchings on clarinet and Mark Mondesir on drums. It starts at 7.30pm.
Graeme Stephen makes his second (and third) appearance of the night at the Ramshorn at 8pm, where a couple of bands he’s in share a double bill, NeWt (a trio with Chris Wallace on drums, and Chris Greive on trombone and electronics) and Breach (Chris Wallace again, this time with Paul Harrison on organ).
The last official show of the festival, a solo set from Martin Taylor with a guest appearance from Andreas Varady, is in the Recital Room at 9.30pm. But it’s already sold out.
If that leaves you still wanting more, the Late Night Club at the Thistle Hotel starts at the usual time of 11pm.
Full details of these events plus a couple of things I didn’t manage to fit in here, on the Glasgow Jazz Festival website.