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American pianist David Berkman is playing a couple of gigs in Scotland this week, at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh on Wednesday, and at Glasgow Art Club (185 Bath Street) on Thursday 19th. He’s here as part of a European tour, playing in a trio with the excellent German bassist Martin Zenker and drummer Rick Hollander.

If you can get along to either of these gigs, I’d strongly recommend you to do so. Not only is Berkman a fine pianist, but he writes some of the best contemporary jazz tunes around. Okay, he’s not in the Monk or Dameron class, but he’s still, as the Cook-Morton Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD puts it, “a composer of substance”.

The Glasgow concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are £10 or £8 concession rate. It’s also worth pointing out that, as Bill Kyle’s email announcing the Glasgow gig states,

“This is an unsubsidised event put on by the musicians themselves, it’s not a formal Bridge Music gig. All gig expenses (and the musicians!) have to be paid from the door money, so please support this event!

Get in there and/or spread the word to help attract people in, to this night of truly excellent music.”

Here’s “Blue Poles” from Berkman’s excellent 2000 album, Communication Theory. And if you’re wondering how Aidan O’Donnell was getting on after moving to the States, he’s playing bass on this.

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