March is an odd month as far as Glasgow jazz gigs go. There’s quite a bit on, but because it’s largely a case of different promoters putting on individual concerts, there are some nights when there is more than one thing on at once.
So what is there to look forward to?
Friday 2 March
You’ve a couple of chances to see Courtney Pine, although they’re both daytime performances, which might not suit everybody.
At 1pm, he’s playing a concert at the Royal Conservatoire, with a group made up of three of the jazz tutors at the RCS: Paul Harrison on piano, Mario Caribé on bass and Alyn Cosker on drums. Pine’s being concentrating on playing bass clarinet recently, so it will interesting to hear if that’s the case today, or if he’s switched back to saxophone. Tickets are £9.50
Then, at 2.30pm he’s giving a public masterclass to RCS students. Admission to this is £3 or £2 concession.
Sunday 11 March
The first of the month’s clashes.
South African jazz-soul trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela is playing the Old Fruitmarket at 7.30pm. Tickets are £16. He’s also giving a pre-concert talk upstairs in the City Halls Club Room at 6pm, which will “focus on his perspective on the interplay between his life, his music, and the turbulent history and struggles against slavery, apartheid and oppression in his home nation”. Admission to this is free, but it might be a good idea to book your ticket in advance.
Elsewhere in the City Halls / Old Fruitmarket complex, guitarist Lulo Reinhardt (Django’s grand-nephew) is performing in an International Guitar Night concert with fellow guitarists Brian Gore and Adrian Legg. They’re in the Recital Room at 8pm, and tickets for this are also £16.
Monday 12 March
Trombonist Chris Greive is the guest soloist at this month’s Blue Monday concert by students at the Royal Conservatoire. It starts at 6.30pm and tickets are £6 (£4 concessions).
Thursday 15 March
An embarrassment of riches.
The Ryan Quigley Big Band perform their Tribute to Maynard Ferguson at the Ferry. This is also the launch event for the 2012 Glasgow Jazz Festival, where the dates and some of the programme of this year’s festival will be announced. Tickets are £12 in advance, or £15 at the door, and it starts at 7.30pm.
At the same time, Australian singer-pianist Janet Seidel and her Trio are performing in the City Halls Recital Room. They’ll be performing songs from the Great American Songbook, and singer Todd Gordon will be joining them for part of the set. Tickets for this are £13.
The Mike Fletcher – Euan Burton Quartet are also playing somewhere in town that night, although there currently seems to be some uncertainty about the venue: at the time of writing it’s on Euan’s website as being The Griffin. Mike Fletcher’s a sax player from Birmingham (one of the few folk to play C-melody sax) and a member of the Cobweb Collective. Also in the band are pianist Tom Gibbs and drummer Doug Hough. I hope to be able to update you on the venue, time and price nearer the day.
Wednesday 21 March
The Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra are 10 years old this year, and will be marking the anniversary with a number of events. Tonight’s performance, in the Recital Room at the City Halls, will consist of a series of small group improvisations by members of the band. It starts at 8pm.
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March
Minimal Extreme. A weekend of some of the longest, shortest, loudest and quietest music capable of being classified, however vaguely, as “minimalist”. Composers featured include Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, Terry Riley, Morton Feldman and Karlheinz Stockhausen; performers include Paul Hillier, Bang on a Can, Theatre of Voices, the Smith Quartet and the London Sinfonietta.