The Glasgow jazz scene in April starts off pretty well (particularly if you’re interested in the more avant-garde end of the music), calms down a bit in the middle, and then comes storming back for a big finish.
More details later, but here’s what there is to look forward to this week:
James Harrar’s Cinema Soloriens featuring Marshall Allen & Daevid Allen
Tuesday 2nd April
Multi-media film and music performance featuring Marshall Allen, long-standing alto sax player with the Sun Ra Arkestra and Daevid Allen, guiding light of Gong and an early member of Soft Machine, along with James Harrar on saxophones and Rogier Small on percussion. They’re accompanying a programme of experimental films by Harrar. I think it’s fairly safe to assume this will be unlike any other concert this month (or most other months).
Stereo, 7pm. £12 in advance or £15 on the door.
Alan Benzie International Trio
Thursday 4th April
Outstanding young pianist Alan Benzie is not only a former winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year award, but also the only British musician to have won the Billboard Award at Berklee College. He’s here with a trio made up of a couple of former Berklee colleagues – American bass player Dylan Coleman and the excellent Hungarian drummer Marton Juhasz, who you might have caught when he was here with the Matyas Gayer Trio late last year. They’ll also be playing at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh the night before.
Glasgow Art Club, 8pm. £6, £5 concessions.
Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love
Sunday 7th April
The German sax player and Danish drummer, both among the leading lights of the European free jazz scene, are appearing in Glasgow as part of the multi-venue, multi-city Counterflows Festival of experimental and underground music which runs from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th. Their set will make up the last part of the Sunday night event at the Southside’s excellent newish venue The Glad Cafe. The evening’s programme also features Rie Nakajima, Fuaim is Solas (a trio which includes Lau’s excellent accordionist Martin Green) and videos and music from Annette Krebs.
The Glad Cafe, Pollokshaws Road. The evening gets under way at 6pm, with Brötzmann and Nilssen-Love due to appear at 9pm. Tickets are £10.