There are some good gigs on this week, particularly for those with a taste for electronic jazz and fusion.
Rush Hour Jazz: the Music of Snarky Puppy
Tuesday 13th November. Recital Room, City Halls, 5.30pm.
Tea-time performance by students from the Strathclyde Uni Applied Music course. Tickets are £4. If you don’t know who Snarky Puppy are – and I must admit they’re a new name to me – read on.
Snarky Puppy and the Federation of the Disco Pimp
Wednesday 14th November. Oran Mor, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)
Snarky Puppy are a jazz-funk instrumental band made up of “musicians from two different cultures and traditions – jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America”, who originally got together while its key members were studying at the University of North Texas. There’s a core membership of four, but the actual line-up on any one day will be bigger: their description of themselves is “somewhere between a garage band and a collective”. Several band members are regulars in the touring bands of artists as varied as Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller and Justin Timberlake (you might not like his music, but he’s successful enough to be able to hire the best).
Glasgow’s own funkmeisters The Federation of the Disco Pimp open the show.
Tickets are £12 in advance, or £14 on the door. You can buy them online, but there’s a service charge.
In addition to performing live, Snarky Puppy are also involved in music education. As well as the concert, they’ll also be taking part in an afternoon workshop and clinic with students on the Strathclyde University music course. It seems to be open to the public.
Their UK tour also includes a couple of gigs through in Edinburgh: at the Jazz Bar on Thursday night, and the Bongo Club on Friday.
The Jazz Breakfast gave their Birmingham show a great review: “a hugely inspiring band – a great big optimistic blast for the concept of having a damn fine time without feeling the need to switch off the synapses in the process.”
Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra
Thursday 15th November. Glasgow Art Club, Bath Street. 8pm.
An evening of new arrangements by drummer and band-leader Ken Mathieson, concentrating on the more modern end of the band’s repertoire: tunes by jazz greats like Cannonball Adderley, Benny Carter, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. It’s an excellent, exceedingly versatile 8-piece band, which includes Konrad Wiszniewski, Phil O’Malley, Allon Beauvoisin and trumpeter Billy Hunter in a line-up which spans several generations of Scottish jazz musicians. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions).
Supersilent featuring John Paul Jones
Thursday 15th November. The Arches (Argyle Street entrance). 7pm.
If your tastes are for the more experimental end of music, you might prefer to head for the Arches, where Norwegian improvising trio Supersilent (Arve Henriksen (trumpet, electronics, drums, vocals), Ståle Storløkken (keyboards) and Helge Sten aka Deathprod (electronics)) are joined by ex-Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones for an evening of improvised electronic music. Just don’t expect them to play Stairway to Heaven. Support comes from experimental New York composer Aki Onda. Tickets are £15 plus booking fee.