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There are several interesting gigs coming up in the few days that are left of February.

Tonight, Saturday 25 February

Peter Erskine and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra play the Music of Weather Report.

The latest of Tommy Smith and the SNJO‘s collaborations with major American musicians sees ex-Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine team up with the band to play new arrangements of his former band’s music. It will be interesting to hear if they just play Weather Report’s more structured later pieces, or if they have a go at the earlier “either nobody solos or we all solo at once” numbers. Also in tonight’s line-up is Marcio Doctor, the Argentinian-born percussionist with the excellent NDR Big Band from Hamburg.

As now seems to be normal with the SNJO, there are a number of different arrangers involved, including Vince Mendoza, who did the arrangements for Joe Zawinul’s Brown Street big band album.

The concert is at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at 7.30pm, but if you get there by 6.45 you’ll be able to hear a pre-concert talk by Peter Erskine and Tommy Smith. Full details on the SNJO website.

Monday 27 February

Peter Erskine is back at the RCS, this time to play with a band made up of students from the Jazz degree course in one of the Conservatoire’s monthly “Blue Monday” events. The concert is at 6.30pm and tickets are £6 (£4 concessions).

Tuesday 28 February

According to some sources, including their own website, the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra are playing a “Rush Hour Jazz” concert at the Recital Room in the City Halls at 5.30pm. The programme will be made up of material associated with the Ellington and Basie bands. However, there’s no mention of this on the City Halls website, so if you’re planning to make a trip to see them I’d advise phoning ahead first (0141 353 8000).

Don’t forget there are also regular jazz gigs at Brel (Saturdays 3pm to 6pm), the 78 (Sundays 9pm to midnight) and Slouch (Tuesdays 9pm to late). I don’t have any information about which musicians are lined up for this week, though.

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