The Autumn concert schedule for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (as I’m slowly learning to call the RSAMD) is now out, and has a reasonable amount of jazz in it.

As in the past few years, there is a (roughly) monthly series of “Blue Monday” concerts, which team an established player with some of the Conservatoire’s jazz students. This time around, the featured musicians are:

  • Monday 29th October: Julian Argüelles
  • Monday 19th November: Tom MacNiven
  • Monday 3rd December: Alyn Cosker

If you’re planning on going along to any of these note that they are now starting at the later time of 7.30pm, not 6.30 as in the past.

In addition to these, there are a few special one-off events to look out for.

On Friday 12th October, vibraphone player Joe Locke is giving a lunchtime concert in the main hall, and then at 3pm leading a masterclass. There’s no indication of who’s going to be in his band, but if it’s like March’s similar event with Courtney Pine, it will be a group made up of some of the tutors on the Jazz Degree course, with a few students getting the chance to participate too. Joe Locke has a long association with Tommy Smith, dating back to the days they were both in one of the “Atlantic Bridge” bands Bill Kyle used to put together each summer, and they’ve played on each other’s records, so I reckon there’s a good chance Tommy will put in an appearance at some point.

On Saturday 27th, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are playing a concert of music by Duke Ellington, “In the Spirit of the Duke”, with Brian Kellock as solo pianist.

Early in November, there are a couple of events which might include some jazz: the Big Guitar Weekend which runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th, and a Saxophone Showcase at lunchtime on Monday 5th.

In December, there’s the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra (who of course had Joe Locke guesting on their first album) on Friday 7th, a run of “Swingin’ into Christmas” shows from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th, and finally, on Sunday 16th, a concert by the Junior Conservatoire Big Band.

Details of times and prices (and online sales) are available on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland website.

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