As the first of a new series of concerts aimed at helping (mainly) young musicians develop their careers, Bridge Music is presenting several groups of musicians from the RSAMD Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s jazz degree course this Thursday evening (7th June).

The gig’s in Glasgow Art Club at 185 Bath Street. It starts at 8pm and costs £5 (£4 concessions).

I’ll have more to say about this series of events as a whole shortly, but in the meantime, here’s what Bill Kyle of Bridge Music has to say about Thursday’s event:

Taking the stage will be THREE ensembles, one from each year, showing off the sparkling talent that’s gathering momentum on this valuable course.
Here’s what’s in store for this great night.

1st year Ensemble:
Tim Quicke (trumpet), Utsav Lal (piano), David Bowden (bass), Stephen Henderson (drums), Neil Paton (drums)
Led by Tim Quicke , the band will be playing a mixture of original contemporary jazz compositions and standards, with a definite slant towards groove-based odd-meter tunes.

2nd year Ensemble:
John Woodham (trumpet), Utsav Lal (piano), Jay Kilbride (bass), Chris Whitehouse (drums).
Led by bassist Jay Kilbride, the group presents a varied programme of Hard-Bop, ECM and rock influenced original compositions. Once described as “Arild Andersen meets Bill Evans and Lee Morgan…”

3rd year Ensemble:
Mikey Butcher (alto sax), Andy Baker (tenor sax), Brodie Jarvie (bass), John Lowrie (drums)
Led by bassist Brodie Jarvie, the band will be playing original contemporary jazz compositions, influenced by the likes of Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner.

All sounds good – make sure you get in there to show your strong support for tomorrow’s jazz stars – today!

PS The same event is staged at Edinburgh’s Jazz Bar on Wednesday 6 June.”

Several of these musicians are, of course, already part of the general Glasgow jazz scene. It should be a good night.