The Glasgow Jazz Festival has just released its vast and varied programme for the festivities in June. The festival was founded in 1987 and has hosted many of music’s greatest performers. Over the past few years the programming has been great and there is something for everyone during the event.
There is always a buzz around the city’s venues when the festival is on. If you can get there I would highly recommend it. Tickets are on sale from today. These are my top picks for the fest:
The Neil Cowley Trio, Thursday 22 June Piano, drums and bass. Contemporary, melodic, and energetic.
The Greg Foat Group, Thursday 22 June I love a Hammond organ! This jazz keyboard player and his band will be joined by Clark Tracey (drums), Phil Achille (bass) and Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor saxophone). The live music will be augmented by DJs Euan Fryer (Athens Of The North) and Andrew Divine (The Funk Room / Jazzman), who’ll be spinning who will be spinning some tunes, aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
Sugarwork, Thursday 22 June I have fancied seeing this band for a while. I met Phil Bancroft last summer but haven’t heard him play live yet, only on CD. Will contain improvisation!
Michael Janisch, Thursday 22 June This is my top pick and if I can get to only one thing I hope it is this. This musician always seems to be doing something interesting with music and has many strings to his bow.
If you like drumming there are a few great events. I like these two; Tony Allen Friday 23 June and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra on Saturday 24.
Big Band Festival Saturday 24 June. Support the big bands, great tunes and breeding grounds for so much more. A nice daytime number.
Calum Gourlay Sunday 25 June A project celebrating Thelonious Monk. Having heard Calum play quite a few times mainly in big bands I’d like to see him play in a smaller venue and reckon this will be good. I like his playing, its warm and accomplished.
I would love to hear one of Rebecca Vasmant‘s DJ sets. She has a monthly slot on Radio Scotland on The Jazz House and I always enjoy what she plays. She often plays really great Latin tunes and always creates a really great vibe to dance to (June 22, June 24).
All information on the festival and how to buy tickets can be found here.