Some gigs to look out for this month:


David Newton Quartet

Sunday 10th March. Excellent subtly-swinging contemporary mainstream pianist, originally from Renfrewshire but a fixture on the London jazz scene for years. The band’s completed by the fine Ayrshire hard bop player Stewart Forbes on alto sax, Andy Sharkey on bass and Alyn Cosker on drums. They’re playing at Glasgow Art Club. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are £7. Note that although this is promoted by Bridge Music, it’s on a Sunday, not the usual Thursday.

Tommy Smith’s Karma

Wednesday 20th March. Smith’s excellent jazz-rock quartet (Steve Hamilton on keyboards, Kevin Glasgow on 6-string bass guitar and Alyn Cosker on drums) play the CCA. It’s an 8pm start and tickets are £14 with £10 concessions. Part of a tour which takes them to some out-of-the-way rural venues in the Highlands and the South of Scotland as well as the cities.

Bill Fleming Quartet and The Appassionados

Friday 29th March. Quartet led by SNJO baritone sax man Bill Fleming, plus tango band The Appassionados. One of the first jazz performances at the Glad Cafe in Pollokshaws Road. 8pm, no price given on the Glad Cafe website, but it should be reasonably cheap (or perhaps even free). The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road (opposite the Shawlands corner of Queen’s Park).

Not jazz, but it’s getting a plug anyway

The Magic Band

Saturday 9th March. The Arches. 7pm, tickets are £15 in advance (which presumably means a bit more on the door).

Captain Beefheart might have died a couple of years back, and quit the music business to concentrate on painting a couple of decades before that, but The Magic Band go on without him. Part of the reason for Beefheart’s success, of course, was always that he had great musicians in his bands, playing what was, like much of Ornette Coleman’s early music, basically the blues, but a blues from another planet. On this tour the set “features key tracks from throughout the band’s history, but is mainly drawn from Clear Spot and Trout Mask Replica, with much of the latter being performed as instrumentals”. The band will apparently include John “Drumbo” French, Denny “Feelers Rebo” Walley and Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston, all of whom played with Beefheart, plus guitarist Eric Klerks and drummer Craig Bunch. Prepare to have your decals licked off and be thoroughly booglarized!

Bridge Music Thursday Night Season

Bridge Music’s gigs at the Glasgow Art Club continue this month, with the Thursday night visitors being:

  • Thursday 7th. Chick Lyall Quintet with Colin Steele, Rob Hall, Euan Burton and Stu Brown.
  • Thursday 14th. Brian Molley Quartet with Tom Gibbs, Mario Caribé and Stu Brown.
  • Thursday 21st. Graeme Stephen Quartet.
  • Thursday 28th. A band led by tenor sax player Andy Baker.

All of these start at 8pm and cost around £7.

Blue Mondays at the RCS

Two of these this month:

Monday 11th. Jazz and Harps with Mario Caribé. Students from the Conservatoire’s harp department explore the jazz possibilities of their instrument, in a session led by bassist Caribé.

Monday 18th. Kevin Mackenzie. Guitarist Mackenzie with a band made up of some of the RCS’s jazz students.

Both of these start at 7.30pm and cost £9 (£7 concession rate).

Regular sessions

As well as the more formal gigs, there are always a number of good informal sessions going on through the week. Among the best of these are:

  • Jazz at the 78. Sundays, The 78, Kelvinhaugh Street, 9pm start.
  • Slouch Jazz. Tuesdays, Slouch, 203-205 Bath Street. 10pm start.
  • The Jazz Kitchen. Thursdays, The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street (in the wee cul-de-sac bit at the top). Well placed to head along to after the Bridge Music gig at the Art Club. 9pm start.

All of these are free. It’s not always clear in advance who’s going to be playing, so there’s an element of lucky dip to them all, but if your luck’s in you might stumble across, say, Paul Towndrow road-testing his new band (a trio with Alyn Cosker and Peter Johnstone).