There’s been some very mixed news about two of the main Glasgow jazz concert seasons.

I’ll start with the good news. Jazz International have announced their Autumn programme for 2011. It starts this Friday, 30th September, with Australian singer Janet Seidel. Then there’s a gap of a couple of months, followed by a wee flurry of activity in December: Brass Jaw’s Christmas Concert on Sunday 4th, and a series of three concerts by Todd Gordon the following weekend. More details nearer the time.

The news from Bridge Music is less good. Their autumn programme in both Glasgow and Edinburgh is on hold until they hear what funding, if any, they’ll get from Creative Scotland. The most recent email from The Jazz Bar explains the situation:

For the past few years, this non-profit jazz promotion body has been bringing in all kinds of great international touring groups and locally based special bands, on a regular Wednesday night, followed by the same band playing Glasgow on the Thursday. To put that in perspective, Bridge Music staged some 71 gigs in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the eleven months from May 2010 to April 2011. That was made possible by funding from the then Scottish Arts Council. Arts Funding in Scotland is now managed by new organisation Creative Scotland, and Bridge Music applied for financial support for a full year’s programme, way back in mid-July, hoping to start a new series by mid-September. However, there’s no news yet on funding. It is of course impossible now to think about starting mid-September, or even plan a new series, putting names against weekly dates in two Cities, until there is an indication of what (if any) finance may be available. As soon as there’s any news from Creative Scotland, we’ll let you know.

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