The Mansion House, Glassford Street, 8pm
For a year or so, it looked as if Thursday was jazz night in Glasgow. Unfortunately, that fell by the wayside, but this Thursday, the 29th of March, there’s a special one-off jazz gig to look forward to: the Janek Gwizdala – Bob Reynolds Band are playing at the Mansion House in Glassford Street.
Janek Gwizdala’s a London-born but US-based bass guitarist, who’s worked with Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Pat Metheny, Mark Turner and Airto Moreira among others. Bob Reynolds is a tenor saxophonist from LA. I know very little about him, but he got an excellent write-up in a recent London Jazz Blog post. Best known of the band, though, is Gary Husband, one of the few musicians to have equal mastery of two completely different instruments. He first came to prominence as a drummer, best-known to the general public for his work with 80s jazz-funk pop stars Level 42, but is also well-known as a pianist. His jazz credentials include regular collaborations with Jim Mullen (as a drummer) and John McLaughlin (as keyboard player), as well as a stint leading a highly-regarded piano trio. He’ll be playing keyboards on this occasion, with the drum chair being filled by Louie Palmer from London.
As far as I know this is the first jazz concert to be held at The Mansion House, a multi-room entertainment complex in Glassford Street (more or less opposite the side door of the Argyle Street Marks and Spencer). It will be interesting to see what it’s like as a venue.
Doors open at 7.30pm and the band are due on at 8pm. Tickets are £12 with £10 concessions.
Unless you’re the mouldiest of figs and have a total abhorrence of anything which even hints at fusion, this looks like being one not to miss. But if you can’t make it along, their gig the previous night in the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh is being recorded for BBC Radio Three’s Jazz Line-up.
If you want an advance taster, here’s a tune from their gig in Barcelona last Sunday (where the drummer was the Spaniard David Gomez):