There’s not as much live jazz on this week as there was last week. But to make up for it, there’s a couple of jazz and blues documentaries on at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

I’ll get the films out of the way first:

  • B.B.King: The Life of Riley. Documentary about the great blues guitarist, narrated by Morgan Freeman. Monday, 6pm.
  • No one but me. Biographical documentary about Glasgow’s own jazz superstar, Annie Ross. Tuesday 12.45pm and Wednesday 6.20pm.

Now for the gigs:

Wednesday 17th October

Nick Fells with Kate Burton

City Halls Recital Room. 8pm, £6.
Another in the Soundlab series of experimental music events. This one pairs Nick Fells (a member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and lecturer in composition and electro-acoustic music at Glasgow University) with film-maker Kate Burton.

Thursday 18th October

We don’t seem to be able to get through a season without at least one clash of events, do we? I know the choice of dates is often determined by the availability of acts and venues, but given how little live jazz there is in Glasgow it’s still annoying. At 8 o’clock tonight you have a choice of concerts:

Tim Kliphuis celebrates Stephane Grappelli

City Halls Recital Room. 8pm, £12.
A pretty self-explanatory concert title. Dutch fiddler Tim Kliphuis will be playing music associated with Stephane Grappelli, accompanied by guitarist Nigel Clark and bass player Roy Percy.

Jay Kilbride’s Caturbhyas

Glasgow Art Club. 8pm, £5 (£4 concessions)
Bass player Jay Kilbride is currently touring with this quartet, the other members of which are pianist Utsav Lal, sax player Scott Murphy and drummer Chris Whitehouse. He brought a very similar band (but with trumpet rather than saxophone) to the RCS Jazz Students’ Showcase which was on at the Art Club at the start of the summer, and they were very impressive, so this will be well worth taking a chance on. It’s only a fiver, after all: that’s less than the cost of a couple of beers. “Caturbhyas” is a Sanskrit word meaning “from four”, apparently. See what you can learn when you’re interested in jazz.

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