A lot of this week’s jazz action happens on Thursday 13th December. Unfortunately I’m busy that night, out stuffing my face with turkey.


Brass Jaw

The closing night in Bridge Music’s autumn season at Glasgow Art Club is a performance by Brass Jaw. Their Christmas gigs are always a bit special, with several seasonal tunes among the usual stuff. It’s also likely to be a different line-up from usual: Konrad Wiszniewski is currently out of action with an injured hand (a gash from a broken mirror). The first few dates on their tour have featured Nigel Hitchcock as replacement tenor player, but there’s no definite word yet on who will be playing tenor in Glasgow. Trombonist Michael Owers is also involved in the tour, although I’m not sure if it’s as another stand-in for Konrad or if the band will be doing some quintet numbers.

The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are £6 – a real bargain for musicians of this class. Other Scottish dates on the tour are Edinburgh (Wednesday 12th), Aberdeen (Friday 14th) and Shetland (Saturday 15th).

Best wishes to Konrad for a speedy recovery.

Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen

Also on Thursday 15th, Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen, wearing their folk hats, are playing at Stereo. They’re headlining at the new monthly Folklub event. Support acts are Paul McKenna & Adam Brown and Edinburgh band Larsa. Doors open at 7.30pm, the first act is on at 8pm, and admission is £5. Note that this is a folk gig and not a jazz one.

The rest of the week

On Tuesday 10th, singer and pianist Natalie Duncan is at Oran Mor. She’s not an out-and-out jazz singer, but the little I’ve heard by her suggests she might appeal to people who like Nina Simone (who wasn’t an out-and-out jazz singer either). Either that or she’ll turn out to be just another pseudo-soul singer who mistakes shouting for expression. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £10.

Next Sunday afternoon, the 16th, there’s a concert by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Big Band. It’s at 2pm and tickets are £6 and, as the band’s name suggests, is at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

There’s also some jazz on in the marquee at Glasgow on Ice in George Square this week, as part of the Glasgow Loves Christmas events. The Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra have two sets on Tuesday, at 6pm and 6.55pm. On Saturday, the Calderglen Jazz Band are playing at 5.30pm, and there are two sets organised by the Glasgow Jazz Festival on Sunday, at 7pm and 8pm, although I’ve not seen any details of who will be playing.