Bridge Music’s early spring (or is it late winter?) season gets underway at Glasgow Art Club on Thursday night (February 7th), with a performance by the Alister Spence Trio with guest Raymond MacDonald on alto and soprano saxophones.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, Spence is one of Australia’s leading jazz/improv pianists. He played here almost exactly two years ago, again with MacDonald and the Swedish-based rhythm section of Joe Williamson (bass) and Christopher Cantillo (drums). Assuming they’re playing the same sort of set this week as they did then, expect an evening of fascinating although not always easy-listening music from the border between jazz and free improvisation.

The concert starts at 8pm and admission is £7 (£5 concessions). It’s the second night of a short British tour which starts at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh the night before (Wednesday 6th) before heading south to Newcastle on Tyne, Cornwall and London.

The next few Thursday gigs at the Art Club have also been announced:

  • Thursday 14th. The Groovediggers Organ Quartet, featuring Malcolm Macfarlane (guitar) and John Burgess (sax).
  • Thursday 21st. Stuart Brown Quartet.
  • Thursday 28th. Ant Law Quartet. London-based guitarist with a band which includes Tom Farmer on bass and the always excellent James Maddren on drums.
  • Thursday 7th March. Chick Lyall Quintet – Colin Steele trumpet, Rob Hall saxes, Euan Burton bass and Stuart Brown drums.

Details of these, and later gigs in the series, on the Bridge Music website.