There are some pretty good concerts coming up between now and the end of the month.

Wednesday 24th October

Paul Booth Quartet

The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane (opposite Stereo).
8.30pm, £10 (£5 students)

Newly-arranged gig in saxophonist Booth’s UK tour. He’s playing here with Malcolm Macfarlane (guitar), Euan Burton (bass) and Andy Bain (drums).

Thursday 25th October

Breach

Glasgow Art Club, Bath Street.
8pm, £5.

Paul Harrison (organ), Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Chris Wallace (drums) with a different take on the classic organ trio format. Last year’s gigs and album On the Walk were a bit like Jimmy Smith meeting Soft Machine meeting contemporary electronica (with a little Balkan folk music thrown in); a first listen to the new album Borders suggests the guitar might be a bit more prominent this time round.

Saturday 27th October

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of the Duke

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
7.30pm, £17.50 (with generous concessions for children and young adults).

The SNJO play music by Duke Ellington, with special guest Brian Kellock on piano. The set will apparently be made up of a mixture of well-known Ellington tunes and some more obscure stuff. I gather it’s pretty much sold out, so if you’re thinking of going but don’t have a ticket yet, I’d buy one as soon as possible. If you’re aged 16 to 25, you can get in for only £5 if you’ve got a SNJO Youth Card; and if you’re under 16, admission is free as long as you’re accompanied by an adult. For the rest of us, it’s £17.50. There’s a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm: these are usually pretty interesting.

Sunday 28th October

John Goldie Band

Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie
7.30pm, £10

First ever home-town gig for guitarist John Goldie, who’s probably best known for his work with Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django and the Scottish Guitar Quartet. He’s here with Angus Lyon (Accordion), Duncan Lyle (Double Bass) and Jim Drummond (Drums). Airdrie Town Hall has recently been renovated, and is now putting on concerts on a reasonably regular basis.

It’s good to see some sort of cultural life in the big towns surrounding Glasgow as well as in the city itself. On that note, this is as good a place as any to mention the new arts festival The Spree in Paisley, which runs from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th. There’s no jazz, but a good range of other music (plus comedy and drama). Highlights include Karen Matheson with Dick Gaughan and James Grant, Malcolm Middleton, and Roddy Frame.

Monday 29th October

Blue Monday with Julian Argüelles

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
7.30pm, £8

The first of the Blue Monday jazz nights of the season, which pair a top professional player with some of the RCS’s jazz students. Note that if you buy tickets for 2 Blue Mondays, you get a ticket for a 3rd free. The next guests are Tom MacNiven (19th November) and Alyn Cosker (3rd December).

Finally,a taster of what to expect if you go to the Breach gig on Thursday:

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