Three events to look out for in what’s left of November:

Friday 11th November

Abdullah Ibrahim Trio

The legendary South African pianist plays the Old Fruitmarket in a concert in Glasgow Music’s Piano series. Ibrahim grew up in South Africa, went into exile in the sixties, worked as a cultural ambassador for the liberation movement, and finally returned to his home country after it became a multi-racial democracy. His music, much admired by Duke Ellington who gave him one of his first breaks in the West, combines elements of South African township music with a firm grounding in jazz. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £25 and £20. We don’t get many appearances by major international performers in Glasgow outwith festivals: this is unquestionably one of them. Unfortunately I’ve got a long-standing previous arrangement for this weekend and won’t be able to go.

Thursday 17th November


ACV are a Newcastle band led by bass player Andy Champion, who was here in September as part of the Zoe Gilby Quintet. Their website describes them as “drawing on influences as diverse as prog rock and free improvisation, but with jazz always at the heart. The result is a distinctive band sound and identity, where tight arrangements are peppered with insistent, rhythmic unison passages and ferocity but also with more introspective moments, always melodic and direct.”

The other members of the band are:

  • Graeme Wilson, tenor and baritone sax. He might be familiar from his work with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and saxophone quartet Rich in Knuckles.
  • Mark Williams, guitar. Also a member of the Zoe Gilby Quintet.
  • Paul Edis, keyboards.
  • Adrian Tilbrook, drums. Possibly best known as a member of idiosyncratic 70s trio Back Door, now an administrator and general mover and shaker on the NE England jazz scene, as well as continuing to play.

I don’t know much about the band, but if they’re as enjoyable live as Gilby’s quintet were they will be well worth hearing.

This gig was initially advertised as being at Brel on Saturday 19th, but will now be at the Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street on Thursday 17th. It starts at 8pm. I haven’t seen any indications of ticket prices, but it’s unlikely to be more than a tenner.

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November

GIO Festival IV

The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra is holding its fourth annual festival of improvised and experimental music at the CCA on the weekend of the 25th and 26th.

As well as members of the GIO, the performers include Japanese pianist and composer Sakoto Fujii, Bill Wells, Portuguese electronic musician Miguel Carvailhas, Renée Baker of Chicago’s AACM, a drum quartet featuring Stuart Brown, Tom Bancroft, Chris Wallace and Fritz Welch, and classical wind quintet the Gliondar Ensemble. As well as performances, some of the participants will be holding workshops.

Details of who’ll be doing what when are on the GIO’s blog.