Three big gigs to look out for between now and the end of the month:
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra plays Stan Kenton
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Saturday 27 April, 7.30pm. £17.50.
Kenton’s fans say that his 50s big bands expanded the possibilities of jazz through their use of string sections and extended musical forms; his detractors say that they were simply noisy and overblown. This is your chance to make your mind up for yourself. The concert’s almost sold out, so if you’ve still to get a ticket you’d better be quick. There’s a pre-concert talk at 6.45.
The Arches, Sunday 28 April, 7.30pm. £25.
Blues-jazz-rock crossover guitarist Ford’s CV includes spells working with Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell. He’s in Glasgow tomorrow night with his own band.
Trilok Gurtu, Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa
Old Fruitmarket, Tuesday 30th April, 8pm. £15.
Three giants of jazz and world music performing together: Indian percussion Trilok Gurtu, Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu (who was excellent with SNJO a couple of months ago) and Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. They’re supported by the Scottish duo of Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Fraser Fifield (sax, whistles and pipes).