This week’s highlights feature lots of young musicians and one of the veteran greats of British jazz.
Tonight, the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra are at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the RSAMD). Their concert starts at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £8.
On Tuesday, there’s the first of a weekly series of Rush Hour Jazz concerts by students from Strathclyde Uni’s Applied Music course. It’s in the Recital Room in the City Halls, starts at 5.30pm, lasts for about an hour, and tickets are £4. The course has produced some fine musicians in the past, and it’s a great pity it’s being shut down as part of Strathclyde’s attempt to turn itself back into a technical college. This Tuesday’s concert features the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra playing cool jazz from the late 50s, including pieces by Marty Paich, Oliver Nelson, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Neil Hefti.
But the week’s main event is on Saturday 29th: Bobby Wellins and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra play Bobby’s Culloden Suite and Caledonian Suite. The Culloden Suite, an almost legendary work from the early 60s, has been reorchestrated by Florian Ross, and the five movements from the Caledonian suite are each arranged by different musicians (including Chris Greive and Tommy Smith from the SNJO). Bobby Wellins and Tommy Smith will be talking about the project before the concert, and Wellins was interviewed about it in the Herald last week. The concert starts at 7.30pm, with the introductory talk at 6.45pm. Tickets are £17.50. Wellins and the SNJO are also appearing in Aberdeen on Thursday, Edinburgh on Friday and (appropriately for a piece about Culloden) Inverness on Sunday.