As in its first week, there’s little out-and-out jazz at Celtic Connections over the next few days, but plenty of stuff which might be of interest to jazz lovers.
Wednesday 25th January
Rock, blues, and occasionally jazz bassist and singer Jack Bruce teams up with folk trio Lau (a great band in their own right).
Thursday 26th January
The main auditorium at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall hosts a triple bill of fiddling from round the world: Scottish traditional music from Session A9; Canadian “atomic world-jazz flamenco” from the Sultans of String; and Western Swing from the Quebe Sisters.
Friday 27th January
Salsa Celtica (Salsa meets Scottish dance music) share a bill with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara.
Singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy‘s band includes Euan Burton on bass.
The Quebe Sisters have a headlining gig of their own
Saturday 28th January
Linn begins at 40. Concert marking 40 years of hi-fi company and recording label Linn, featuring singers Maeve O’Boyle, Barb Jungr and Glasgow jazz legend Carol Kidd.
Sultans of Swing have a headlining gig of their own.
The Federation of the Disco Pimp play the late afternoon jazz slot at Brel.
Sunday 29th January
Catford, an Aberdeen-based band who apparently “blend American and Scottish folk influences with rhythms borrowed from across the globe” are joined by star saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock. They’re sharing a bill with singer Eilidh Grant.
Electro-folk dance outfit The Peatbog Faeries have a hot hot horn section, the Wayward Boys, who generally feature Rick Taylor on trombone and Nigel Hitchcock on sax.
Monday 30th January
Singer-songwriter Bridget St John, legendary improvising saxophonist Lol Coxhill and the National Jazz Trio of Scotland (who are one of Bill Wells‘ projects) play the Strathclyde Suite. It’s not clear if they’re appearing separately or together.
Of course, there’s also plenty of really interesting music on that’s got nothing to do with jazz: the Wrigley Sisters, Martin Simpson, Dick Gaughan, African music from Orchestra Boabab, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra, and many more.
Details of venues, times and prices from the Celtic Connections website.
And to get you in the mood, a snippet from Nuala Kennedy’s set at the 2010 Celtic Connections. This line-up doesn’t have Euan Burton in it, but it does have Brian Kellock playing piano. And you might catch a glimpse of Mario Caribé right at the end.