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FLY
Old Fruitmarket

FLY

featuring

Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard

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Wed 22nd June at 7:30pm

FLY

featuring Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard

plus support from New Focus.

In the era of individual “star” instrumentalists, the idea of a truly collective trio can be a difficult concept to fathom. Yet collectivity is what the FLY trio strives for; and collectivity is what they so unabashedly and unquestionably achieve. Ballard, Grenadier and Turner represent three rather distinct musical personalities- simultaneously complimentary and contrasting –who have created a cohesive unit that expresses each part while creating an uniquely realized whole. In other words, they celebrate the group, without sacrificing the individual.

“FLY is progressively bringing together many musical elements, traditions, histories and mysteries,” says Turner. “Multiplicity is presented under an unassuming hat. Meaning, we are working toward saying it all without saying it all, expressing complexity by simplicity. Musically speaking, we are creating songs that can be heard on a number of levels and from a variety of different viewpoints.”

Although, drummer Jeff Ballard, bassist Larry Grenadier and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner have individually charted very distinct and highly successful musical careers—one, both or all have graced the performances and recordings of Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pat Metheny, Charles Lloyd, to name just a few– the formation of the trio seems, in retrospect almost inevitable. FLY needed to happen.

The trio can actually trace its origins back to Grenadier and Ballard’s teenage years in northern California. The two learned music together and often played gigs before they both migrated to the East coast in 1990. It was there the two met Turner and soon began to keep close company. They bonded, early on, both personally and professionally. However, it wasn’t until several years later that they “officially” came together as a trio. The occasion was a Chick Corea recording project called Originations, a collective record where each member of the Origins band contributed his own compositions.

“I had been doing so many gigs with full ensembles, I wanted to do a trio date,” says Ballard. “So I asked Larry and Mark if they’d play one of the first songs I ever wrote, (Child’s Play). The chemistry was definitely there, so they decided to experiment further with the trio format, booking a few gigs here and there in New York City and then for a more extended tour in Italy. The three liked what they heard—their connection on and off stage was obvious –and as a result, FLY was born.

“Jeff and I had been so involved in other people’s music for so long, it was prime time for us to try and get out and do our own thing,” says Grenadier. “After doing some live gigs together as a trio, the timing just felt right. We could call our own set instead of playing someone else’s personality. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we wanted the opportunity to shape our own visions and come up with something special that truly represents our own personalities.”

Although each musician comes with his own unique ideas and compositions, the process and end result is often very collaborative. The creation of “Fly Mr. Freakjar” is a case in point. Although originally penned by Ballard, the tune went through many permutations before it reached it final state.

Ballard brought in the basic composition, and he and Turner began to work on it. “I’ve had this ‘pet’ groove for many years, which is fun to play because of the interaction between the hands,” says Ballard. “I had a the beginnings of a melody, but I was stuck. Mark was at the house one day. We sat down at the piano, and he helped to shape the melody by offering different bass and melody notes, basically freeing me up from clinging to what I had written down. That opened up a world of possibilities.”

Once the pair finished, Ballard took the piece and gave it a middle section, and then passed it on to Grenadier who in turn added a third part: a series of bass lines based on the harmonies from the beginning portion of the song. Turner put on the finishing touches by adding melodies to those bass lines. If you listen carefully, you can hear in the melodies impressions from other tunes in the band’s repertoire.

“Fly Mr. Freakjar” is a showcase for how the trio interacts. Instead of bop-like round-robin soloing, the three collectively respond to the composition, giving each member equal say in the proceedings. “Sometimes it’s the saxophone carrying the melody,” says Turner. “Other times it’s the bass or the drums. Most trios with a horn revolve around a lot of blowing and that often overrides the compositions themselves. We wanted to avoid that. We wanted to make the band sound bigger, so we spread out the frontline duties among all three of us.” He adds, “Besides, that’s just the way we relate to each other when we play.”

And as for the band name? Turner says that it’s a perfect fit, especially in light of the piece Fly Mr. Freakjar. He notes, “At first we were going to call ourselves that, but we all wanted something shorter. So, why not FLY? It sounded good and it can have many meanings. The first thing I thought of was that street-talk phrase, that’s fly, which means, that’s cool. Then there’s fly, as in soaring into the heights. That’s what our music is like. Same with the insect fly that’s jabbing and bobbing. There are a many definitions attached to the word “fly” that fit us.” He pauses and then adds, “Plus, just like our music, FLY has a little bit of mystery attached to it.”

FLY is a working trio in every sense of the word. And the first tangible result of their musical experimentation was the their eponymously titled debut CD from 2004. A recording that both solidified their vision, as well as pushing them– upon its completion–to take their ideas even further in live performances.

The recording, which appeared on many end of the year top ten lists and garnered much critical acclaim, provided them the opportunity to go on the road and further hone their musical craft.

With a deep love for the history of jazz, FLY fosters an all-inclusive approach to music. FLY continues to develop its compositional techniques by exploring ways to expand the tonal palette; playing with the potentialities of form and two voices (melody and figured bass).

Or, as Ballard so clearly expresses, “Everyone embraces each other’s music. We all offer our input. We put the music out there and each of us is free to grab whatever we want. We want to create music that is basic, raw, and immediate.”

So with tours both behind and ahead of them, FLY is preparing music for their sophomore release that will be recorded in 2007. New songs for this project include Turner’s multi-sectioned “Super Sister” and Grenadier’s “Transfigured”, both of which explore extended form, and Ballard’s odd- metered funky “Benj”.

A concentration, a reduction, a celebration of the pure elements; this trio plays the deepest kind of modern jazz with a kind of skeletal tracery, removing all the thick harmony and bringing it down to two voices and a beat.

Have you heard music like this before?

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David Patrick’s stunning jazz reinterpretation of The Rite of Spring has received standing ovations at every performance given since its premiere on 29th May 2013 – 100 years to the day from the premiere of the original production in Paris.

It is unique in featuring all of the themes and orchestration of Stravinsky’s masterwork, while seamlessly opening up into improvising sections featuring the members of the band, described as “a world-class ensemble completely at ease with each other and this incredibly complex music” by BroadwayBaby during their sell-out run in the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.

A noted composer in his on right, the programme is balanced out by a short set of original jazz compositions arranged for the octet.

“A huge undertaking… Spine-tingling in its power… it works, and brilliantly”
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Soweto Kinch is multi award-winning saxophonist, MC and composer specialising in a trademark style of Jazz, Rap and Spoken Word unlike that of any other performer in the world. Revered among both musicians and rappers alike, Soweto has amassed an unprecedented array of accolades including two MOBO awards, two Urban Music Awards, BBC Rising Star Award, BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist, BBC Best Jazz Band, Montreux Jazz Festival Award, Peter Whittingham Award for Jazz innovation, Winner of the White Foundation World Sax competition and a nomination for the much coveted Mercury Award.

Growing up with a playwright for a father and an actress for a mother, performance has always been in Soweto’s blood and has over the years become an ambassador of urban culture as well as a British jazz institution with achievements ranging from the curation of several large international festivals to the production and scoring of various highly acclaimed music-based theatrical works to starring in a reality show series which followed him and other music figureheads like Goldie and Ms Dynamite as they each mentored and coached 12 vulnerable youths ahead of their live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace.

Soweto Kinch is currently touring in quartet format with two saxophones, drums, bass and vocals – Expect scalding hot hard bop grooves spliced with free flowing fiery lyrics of the likes you’ve never heard before!

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“One of the most eminent saxophonists on the British scene today” Music OMH

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“Soweto Kinch adapts hard-bop sax to hip-hop rhythms and is a sharp MC” Metro

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So many times in contemporary popular music – in jazz, rock, blues, folk or beyond – the man with the guitar is the fulcrum on which all other sounds and voices hinge. He’s the core, the engine, the captain who leads and inspires the rest of the team.

George Benson has been that man for nearly a half century. In a career that spans five decades, more than 30 recordings as a leader and ten Grammy Awards, NEA Jazz Master, George Benson, has used his jazz roots as the foundation for an engaging mix of pop, R&B and other shades that add up to a style that appeals to a broad mainstream audience. Along the way, he has also established himself as a formidable jazz singer – one whose biggest career hits have showcased his vocals as well as his guitar chops. In short, this guitar man is the complete package.

Benson brings his instrumental and vocal prowess to the fore once again in Guitar Man, his third album on Concord Records (following on the successes of Givin’ It Up in 2006 and Songs and Stories in 2009). Set for release on October 4, 2011, Guitar Man is a 12-song collection that includes a mix of jazz and pop standards – some in a combo setting and some solo, but all of them tied together seamlessly by Benson’s soulful and exploratory signature sound. Lending a hand on this recording is a solid team made up of veterans and newcomers alike – pianist Joe Sample, keyboardist and musical director David Garfield, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Harvey Mason (on loan from Fourplay, and a studio collaborator with Benson all the way back to Benson’s 1976 blockbuster album, Breezin’).

The crew came together in the studio with a minimum of prior rehearsal time but an eagerness to jump in and lay down tracks in something very close to the live experience – what Benson describes as an “old school” approach. The impromptu sensibility comes across in the final product, much of which came together with minimal takes in a single day of recording.

“We figured that we would get the best energy if we went into the studio with some live musicians who are savvy and flexible,” says Benson, “and boy, did we accomplish that. David has been my musical director for a number of years, and we were fortunate to get Joe and Harvey for this recording. I had never played with Ben before this project, but he understood everything I wanted before I could even get the words out of my mouth. We got six or seven songs recorded in a single day, and Ben was like the glue that held them all together.”

The setting was loose and informal, a vibe that Benson prefers in the studio. “I think our producer, John Burk, realized that I work better when I’m in the center of the floor, just passing out ideas,” he says. “I understand what my musicians can do, I know where they excel, and I try not to play past them or take things to a place where they shouldn’t go. I’m very comfortable with records like this – off the cuff, arranged as you go.”

From the very beginning, Benson has embraced this improvisational approach to recording and performing. At age eight, he was already singing and playing the ukulele in local nightclubs in his native Pittsburgh. By his teenage years, he had switched from ukulele to guitar, and he had stopped singing for the most part to focus more on his instrumental work. His musical sensibilities shifted toward jazz, due in large part to his exposure to records by Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker.

By the early ’60s, Benson had joined organist Jack McDuff’s band – a gig that was educational but short-lived. He left to form his own band and launch his solo career with the 1964 album, The New Boss Guitar (a nod to Montgomery’s album, Boss Guitar, released just a year earlier). The album caught the attention of Columbia talent scout John Hammond, who signed him to the label. Benson recorded two solo albums for Columbia and played session dates for numerous other artists, including Miles Davis’ 1968 opus, Miles in the Sky.

He left Columbia in the late ’60s and recorded on a number of labels for the next several years. All the while, he’d been looking for a way to redevelop his vocals and make them part of his overall repertoire, but most of the producers and record execs at the time dismissed the idea, which became a source of growing frustration. But producer Tommy LiPuma saw the idea differently, and the result was Breezin’, the 1976 blockbuster album that marked the beginning of a long association with Warner Brothers. The first jazz record to achieve platinum sales, Breezin’ yielded a number of hits, including the instrumental title track, the soulful update of Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade” and the lively “Give Me The Night.”

Throughout the remainder of the ’70s and into the ’80s, Benson and LiPuma crafted a string of great records that collectively cemented the guitarist’s global reputation. In the mid-’90s, Benson followed LiPuma to the GRP label, where the two basically picked up where they’d left off at Warners. High points from the period include That’s Right (1996) and Standing Together (1998).

Since the start of the millennium, Benson has shown no signs of slowing down. Some of his more notable offerings of the past decade include the sexy and soulful Irreplaceable (2004), and Givin’ It Up (2006), a duet recording with Al Jarreau that scored two Grammy Awards and marked his Concord debut. Songs and Stories followed in 2009, with the help of some high-profile guest musicians: guitarists Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather and Norman Brown; vocalists Lalah Hathaway and Patti Austin; keyboardist David Paich; bassist and co-producer Marcus Miller and several others.

Guitar Man may be a scaled back recording in comparison with its predecessor, but the smaller roster of players has no trouble generating a healthy dose of creative energy. The opening track, however – an intriguing rendition of Lennon and McCartney’s “I Want To Hold Your Hand” – actually features a fuller lineup than that found in the 11 tracks that follow. Along with Benson and Garfield on this tune are guitarists Paul Jackson Jr. and Ray Fuller; bassist Freddie Washington; drummer Oscar Seaton, Jr. (who regularly tours with Benson); violinist Charlie Bisharat; and flutist/clarinetist Dan Higgins. All come together to create a fully orchestrated sound that casts one of the most simplistic of the Beatles’ early love ballads into something full-bodied and engaging.

The remainder of the set consists of the aforementioned five-man team, which lays down an easygoing rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour.” Benson delivers the lyrics in his own engaging vocal style, yet clearly tips his hat along the way to Wonder’s original version along the way.

Solo guitar tracks like “Danny Boy” and “Tenderly” provide quiet interludes between the full-combo tracks, and serve as a reminder that Benson is one guitar man with sufficient technical and interpretive skills to be a band unto himself. (Check out his fretwork on the introduction to “Danny Boy,” wherein he makes his guitar strings actually sound like bagpipes.)

“My One and Only Love,” a Guy Wood/Robert Mellin tune made famous by vocalist Johnny Hartman, opens with a 16-bar guitar interlude that segues into a sweet vocal ballad. “I’m not Johnny Hartman,” says Benson, “but I think there are a lot of Hartman fans who might appreciate an arrangement like that.”

Other highlights include a playful reading of “Paper Moon,” a rollicking version of the Champs’ 1958 instrumental pop classic “Tequila,” and a lush guitar-and-piano arrangement of the smoky standard, “Since I Fell For You,” with Benson once again stepping up to the mic for an emotional delivery of the song’s impassioned lyrics.

The set closes with the driving and syncopated “Fingerlero,” written by Ronnie Foster, whom Benson calls “the greatest keyboard player in the world.” Foster sent the track to Benson on a whim, and the guitarist instantly recognized its rhythmic intrigue. “I knew before he sent it that it was going to be unusual, but I didn’t know how unusual,” says Benson. “It was so interesting that we had to try it. David wrote out the changes for the guys. We did it a couple times and it worked. It had a really unique vibe to it.”

Indeed, Benson has never been one to shy away from innovation or experimentation. For this guitar man, putting a jazz spin on pop standards – not just on this recording but throughout his career – is less of a taboo when you’re willing to dispense with labels and the limitations that come with them.

“People categorize things because they need to find someplace to put them on their shelf,” he says. “It’s all music to me. I think a lot of pop tunes that were very big in the United States many years ago were recorded by jazz musicians playing in the background. Most of the Motown records were recorded that way. Those guys were jazz musicians who were living in Detroit and were called to do a job, and they did it very well…I try to do the same thing. I try to make it sound like it’s natural, because to me it is. There are only two kinds of music, good and bad. There are a lot of things in between, but they’re eventually going to fall on one side or the other of that equation.”

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The Leopards are a three piece surf / punk band from Glasgow. Formed in the nineties, they recorded two albums for Glasgow based indie label Creeping Bent, ‘They Tried Staying Calm’ in ’97 and ‘Never Been the Same’ in 2011. Both were highly critically acclaimed, although the groups below the radar approach to live and promotional activity kept them firmly in the underground.

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The Leopards were and continue to be a highly sought after backing band, playing much the same role in the Indie sector as predecessors such as Booker T and the MGs had done for Stax / Atlantic or MFSB for Philly in the world of soul and R’n’B. Individually the groups members have played on a huge array of recorded material, but often artists will use the entire group as a backing band when they really want to light it up.

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The collaboration with James Kirk resulted in the outstanding album ‘You Can Make It If You Boogie’, produced by Leopards guitarist Mick Slaven and released on German label Marina.

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They have been compared to The Voidoids, The Cramps, The New York Dolls and Link Wray among others.

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Federation of the Disco Pimp is Scotland’s premier exponent of modern funk and known for their blistering live sets. A 7-piece band blending elements of old-school funk, disco, psychedelic and jazz, FOTDP formed in 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. The band has released one studio album More Than Dancing. They have toured UK, Europe and North America sharing the stage with George Clinton & Parliament, Family Stone, Fred Wesley & the JB’s, Giles Peterson, Roots Manuva, Lee Fields, The James Taylor Quartet, The Neil Cowley Trio and Hot 8 Brass Band.

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Pee Wee Ellis’s decade-spanning musical journey began in 1950′s Rochester NY. High school student Pee Wee had already found his place in the city’s vibrant jazz scene playing with friends like Ron Carter and Chuck Mangione. He was performing most nights and travelling regularly to New York City, the hub of modern jazz, where his musical heroes frequented the jazz clubs Downtown. Fate struck when the young Pee Wee bumped into saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins on Broadway and so began a pupil-mentor relationship that still continues to this day.

He returned to Florida in the early 1960’s and was leading his own bands and working as a sideman and session musician when in 1965 he got the call, the call to join the James Brown Revue. Within a few months he was appointed bandleader, co-writing with Mr Brown and bringing jazz influence to soul music. When ‘Cold Sweat’ burst onto the R&B and Pop charts in 1967 they called it ‘funk’ and a new sound was born that has influenced every genre of popular music since.

After a four year stint with James Brown that produced 26 tunes – including the anthemic hit ‘Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud’ Pee Wee left the band and took his skills to CTI Records, who snapped him up as in-house arranger. He spent the next few years in the studio and on the road with acts like Hank Crawford, George Benson and also Esther Phillips, with whom he formed a lasting & harmonious musical partnership.
In the late 1970’s whilst living in Marin CA, Pee Wee was introduced to Van Morrison by mutual friend Mark Isham. Van invited Pee Wee to arrange on his 1979 album: ‘Into The Music’ and so was born a successful partnership that saw Pee Wee become Van’s bandleader for five years. In that time Pee Wee arranged horns on five albums and played countless live shows with Van.

His jazz-funk roots began calling as a generation of hip-hop samplers and acid jazz devotees wanted to hear it from the source in the 90’s and Pee Wee reunited with band mates Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley as the JB Horns (later becoming Roots Revisted), a stunning live jazz funk act that toured the world.

Since then Pee Wee has collaborated with a truly wide range of artists, including several African and world music artist. These inspired him to create ‘Still Black, Still Proud’ a spectacular touring tribute to James Brown featuring Cheikh Lo, Vieux Farka Touré, Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and ‘the voice of South Africa’ Vusi Mahlasela.

As well as touring with his own band the Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, he can be found guesting with amongst others, Jimmy Cobb, Clare Teal, the Lionel Hampton & NDR Big Bands and most recently with Dr. John at the Bristol Jazz&Blues Festival (of which Pee Wee is a patron). He is a founder member of the much acclaimed Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, who have been touring in Europe, America and Japan since 2011. 2015 will see Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals) joining Pee Wee on stage, for what has proven to be a funky good pairing.

He is still busy in the studio, contributing horn arrangements on recent albums from Boy George, Sarah Jane Morris and George Clinton as well as cutting his ‘Tenoration’, his own double album. In fact, Pee Wee boasts a fine catalogue of solo albums (most of which are currently available on iTunes & Spotify), including The Spirit of Christmas, a festive collection of well-loved Xmas songs with a jazz twist, that was chosen by the New York Times as one of its best holiday albums in 2014.

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Following the success of the CD “CATHY’S SUMMER” featuring many new Darius Brubeck compositions, The Darius Brubeck Quartet will be again offering new music and a new recording in 2016. The concerts usually include standards, South African jazz and ever-popular Dave Brubeck music.

Dave O’Higgins with his great range of feeling and skill excels playing this varied repertoire with the rhythm trio of Darius, Matt and Wes, who have been together for 10 years. Their mutual understanding and interaction is always a pleasure to see and hear.

Playing to sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, including London’s Ronnie Scott’s, their acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging.

In the second half of 2015, the quartet played in Germany and Ireland and was featured on BBC’s “Jazz Line Up” live at the Edinburgh Festival.

Reviewing the group in JAZZ JOURNAL at the Llandudno Jazz Festival on August 03, 2015, Brian Payne writes “Darius Brubeck ….was professional to a tee. Once he was satisfied (with the sound) the band was off like a rocket. With Dave O’Higgins on sax, the excellent Matt Ridley on double bass and Wesley Gibbens driving the drums, they took the audience on a flawless ride through a catalogue of original compositions and Dave Brubeck back numbers.

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Deke McGee : “All Night Long”

The Saxophone has been Deke McGee’s living for most of his life.

He’s been playing for over thirty five years and can count on the fingers of a couple of hands the number of days where he hasn’t laid hands on a Saxophone of some description. Four days a week he teaches the instrument, and over the years he’s taught hundreds of students, ranging from beginners (including two of his current band members and his manager) to professionals, aged from 8 to 75 years. He’s not been shy about getting himself on stage either, and has carved out a formidable reputation and CV as a Session Player, Touring band member and Sideman, becoming sufficiently recognised in some of the advanced techniques of the Rhythm n’ Blues Saxophone to write a book about it. But he’s never released his own album.
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Mark ‘Deke’ McGee started playing Saxophone at the age of thirteen, after hearing Bill Doggetts ‘Honky Tonk’ played by the legendary Clifford Scott. He began studying the sound and the stylings of all the great Swing and Rhythm n’ Blues horn men of that era ; Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Herschel Evans, Lee Allen, Sil Austin, Red Prysock, Big Al Sears, Plas Johnson, Sam ‘the man’ Taylor and the great Texas Tenor King Curtis.

He began working as a sideman with bands all over Europe and North America at many Jazz and Blues Festivals. This saw him recording, supporting and sharing the stage with names such as Buddy Guy, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Big Joe Turner’s Memphis Blues Caravan, Hamish Stuart, Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings, Phil Guy, Lazy Lester, Sugar Blue, Zoot Money, Otis Grand, George Melly, The Fratellis, Band Of Friends, Martin Stephenson, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Big George and the Business, The Nimmo Brothers, The Cobramatics, The Beatstalkers and many more.

The new album by Deke McGee – “All Night Long” was released on the 9th April, 2016 at a sell out launch gig at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union. It is available from his website and digitally on iTunes and Amazon.

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The year is 1983 and teenage vocalist Grahame Skinner came to prominence when he joined the Jazzateers, who had just left Postcard Records to sign to Rough Trade. A debut single was recorded (Show Me the Door) which received the thumbs up by the NME, this was swiftly followed by the eponymously titled ‘Jazzateers’, which also received considerable critical acclaim. Contrary to the last, the Jazzateers abruptly stopped proceedings and reconfigured as Bourgie Bourgie (with Paul Quinn on vocals). Skinner then joined Hipsway, and they duly signed a major record deal with Mercury. This proved to be an intoxicating experience, one that would see their debut album become a big international hit, selling over 500,000 copies. The album contained the US / UK hit single, ‘Honeythief’ and the group toured internationally in support of the album.Upon the demise of Hipsway, Skinner licked his wounds vowing to return to working with an independent to recapture the artistic freedom he enjoyed with the Jazzateers on Rough Trade. He signed to Hamburg based independent label Marina Records and made a couple of low-key downbeat albums ‘Life as a Dog’ (1995) and ‘Love is Dead’ (1996), under the moniker Cowboy Mouth. Despite these albums receiving favourable reviews, Skinner ‘retired’ from the music industry shortly afterwards. Ten years later Skinner is asked to perform with his friend James Grant, and is bitten once again by the performance bug. This leads to a new album, ‘Back on the Horse’, under the moniker The Skinner Group. Which received excellent reviews from those few people who heard it.

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Jazz vocalist and pianist Stephen Duffy, presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s Jazz House Programme, goes back to one of his first jazz loves; the music of The legendary bandleader and pianist Count Basie. He puts his own take on songs that Count Basie recorded with Ella Fitlzgerald, Billie Holliday and Frank Sinatra, as well as adding lyrics to some classic Basie big band numbers in the manner of the great vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. But the second set… well… that will be chosen by YOU, the audience…

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Free ticketed event.

The “Scottish German Jazz Collective“ is a joint project of seven musicians from Hanover and Glasgow.

At first sight, both cities do not necessarily belong to the big players of jazz metropolises. Their scene however, is more intimate and therefore, more bustling. Every single musician contributes their part to the exciting jazz culture. Especially in cities which are not automatically a centre of attraction for international artists, it is very important to consciously establish the connection with musicians from all over the world. Hence, it was no coincidence, artists of these two cities joined for this project in fall 2015.

In the course of rewarding the two cities Glasgow and Hanover as “Unesco City of Music”, the idea to form a band and start a longlasting exchange between the two Jazz scenes within the ‘Creative City Network’ emerged. Forming a collective of like minds was the next thing to do. After this was established, this was the beginning for the “Scottish German Jazz Collective“ whose premiere was one of the highlights at the jazz festival “Jazzwoche Hannover 2015”.

All members of the collective are highly sought after freelance musicians who studied at prestigious universities and called upon to perform their own music in a smaller or bigger frame. Members have received national awards, and have been a part of international tours. Here, not only individual musical biographies, but also different cultural areas merge with one another, allowing these diverse infuences become a unifed whole. This is how exciting art arises in this collective. It is a matter of experimenting and fnding new paths. The search for commonalities, inspiration through contrast, and the therefore resulting process of developing a search for something new is what makes this ensemble particularly special.

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Four of the UK’s finest trumpet players come together for a unique evening of music backed by an all-star rhythm section.

Ryan Quigley, Andy Greenwood, Tom Walsh and Louis Dowdeswell between them have a collective CV that reads as a who’s who of Jazz and beyond performing and recording with the likes of Quincy Jones to Shirley Bassey, Van Morrison to Robbie Williams and Tom Jones to Gladys Knight.

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As featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz on 3, Bitches Brew is Syntonic’s response to the eternal assumption that the only woman in the band must be the singer. The duo presents a night of music written, improvised and performed by some of the best female instrumentalists around. Flying in the face of reports that all-female bands are often seen as novelty acts, Syntonic presents a snapshot of the diversity and immense creativity amongst female musicians and female-led projects.

Mairi Campbell

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Shiori Usui

Composer and pianist originally from Japan and based in Edinburgh. Many of her compositions are inspired by the sounds of the human body, the deep sea, and many other weird and wonderful organisms living on earth, and they have been performed in many concerts and festivals in the UK and abroad such as BBC Proms.

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Leah won an international scholarship in 2005 when she was 16 to attend the world-famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. She has studied with such jazz icons as Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Dave Samuels, Kenwood Dennard and Tiger Okoshi. Leah graduated from Berklee in May 2009 and graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Masters in Jazz Performance in May 2011. She currently leads her own group, Human Equivalent, and participates in various projects in New York, NY.

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Joining the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain stands the Budapest Café Orchestra, hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship. Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick The Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads, such as the theme to Schindler’s List and Andy Statman’s beautiful Flatbush Waltz, are all encountered. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – plus a few surprises along the way – a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!

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Ryan Quigley is one of the most in demand lead and jazz trumpet players in the UK as well as a highly regarded composer, arranger and educator.

Recordings and touring includes: Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, George Michael, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Jerry Hey, Bob Geldof, Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, John Abercrombie, Kurt Elling, The Bad.

Plus Lead and Guest Principal trumpet: Metropole Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, BBC Big Band, Tim Garland’s Underground Orchestra, Laurence Cottle Big Band, Michel Le Grand.

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Over the last few years, songwriting chanteuse Christine Bovill has been wowing packed audiences with her critically-acclaimed show featuring the music of Edith Piaf as well as other spellbinding performances with songs by Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet, Georges Brassens and sole contender for the Piaf crown French singer, Barbara.

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Kestutis Vaiginis

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Kęstutis Vaiginis, an initiator and leader of a number of international projects, revealed his compositional talent while still a student at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Prince Claus Conservatorium and Amsterdam School of the Arts (the Netherlands), as well as Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Since then, as a member of various collectives the saxophonist (and flutist) performed his compositions not only in Lithuania, but also the Netherlands, Spain, France, the USA, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus.

During his study years Vaiginis started composing for big bands as well. In 2008, he formed Independent Artists Ensemble, a Lithuanian youth big band. Last year the musician performed his compositions with German State Youth Jazz Orchestra. Held at the National Philharmonic Hall this concert was broadcast live on LRT Klasika, Kultūra and Eurovision channels. Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, was present at the concert and awarded Vaiginis European Culture Foundation’s Europamusicale Music Prize, which annually is given to one European musician.

Winner of many national and international competitions and recipient of Grand Prix of Birštonas Jazz Festival (2010), Vaiginis is one of the most gifted and productive Lithuanian jazz musicians. He also takes part in projects of various other genres; appeared in contemporary music festival Gaida.

The list of his former and current stage partners includes such jazz coryphées as Barbara Dennerlein, Hernan Romero, Ed Howard, Adam Cruz, Randal Corsen, Bilal Karmaran, Burak Bedikyan, Caner Kaptan, Herbie Kopf, Joon Haavisto and Deniss Pashkevich, as well as Indonesian, Korean and Italian musicians. The musician is a member of Lithuanian-Latvian-Estonian Tree Stones Quartet and Dainius Pulauskas Group.

As a leader and guest musician of various collectives he appeared in prestigious festivals including Nord Sea Jazz (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), London (UK), Ottawa (Canada), Cape Town (Republic of South Africa), Istanbul (Turkey) and Hong Kong to name but a few, toured in Malaysia. The saxophonist regularly takes part in Lithuanian jazz festivals.

His discography amounts to three personal albums; his compositions were included in several Lithuanian music collections. “His vision is wide-ranging from the subtle to the provocative, rooted in an appreciation of tradition and yet looking forward”, said Steve Wilson, an illustrious American saxophonist, about Vaiginis’ Unexpected Choices recorded with acclaimed New Yorkers.

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Syntonic

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Syntonic

Plundering a shared taste for the eclectic, Syntonic’s music is a combination of bolshy beats and sublimely manic melodies. The duo, made up of Sue McKenzie (Salsa Celtica, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Scottish Sax Ensemble) on baritone and soprano saxes and Emma Smith (Gorillaz, Eliza Carthy Band, The Bevvy Sisters) on double bass, made their Syntonic debut at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London in January 2015 and since then have made a name for themselves with their ground-breaking Bitches Brew showcases. Sue and Emma have shared backgrounds in classical and latin music and both have toured nationally and internationally performing at Glastonbury, Womad, Madison Square Gardens and on Later… With Jools Holland. They perform original material exploring rich harmonies and dense grooves to create atmospheric soundscapes drawing on the experiences of these highly diverse musicians.

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Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons

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Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons

Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons Album Launch

Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons takes you on an eye-popping ride through the wacky world of cartoon music, including zany melodies, themes and complete cartoon scores by Carl Stalling (Looney Tunes) Scott Bradley (Tom and Jerry), Raymond Scott and more, all performed with relish, virtuosity and humour by a super-tight septet of A-list jazz musicians.

The new album, “Twisted Toons Vol. 2 – The Music of Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and more…” will be released in June 2016 and delves deeper in to the world of cartoon music, including several complete cartoon scores from Porky Pig, Roadrunner, Tom and Jerry and Droopy alongside music adapted from Looney Tunes, Droopy, Ren and Stimpy, Tales From the Far Side, Spongebob Squarepants and more.

Stu formed his Twisted Toons project in 2008 to celebrate 100 years since the birth of little known bandleader, composer and inventor, Raymond Scott, whose wacky ‘cartoon jazz’ featured in many of the Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1940’s onwards. The band’s performances of Scott’s manic, offbeat compositions, such as “Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals” and “Square Dance For Eight Egyptian Mummies” proved to be immensely popular with audiences of all ages and back- grounds, from jazz fans to general music lovers, and film and animation fans to families with young children, and have played to packed crowds at many of the U.K.’s leading jazz festivals, including Manchester, Cheltenham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Gateshead and London, as well a 31 date tour of rural venues in rural England, Wales and Scotland in 2012/2013. “Twisted Tunes – The Music of Raymond Scott”, was one of Mojo magazine’s top 10 jazz albums of 2009.

Featuring special guest, Emma Roche, on flute alongside:

Stu Brown – drums/percussion/sound effects
Liam Lynch – violin
Brian Molley – woodwind
Martin Kershaw – woodwind
Tom MacNiven – trumpet
Paul Harrison – piano/keys
Mario Caribe – bass

Photo credit Iona Shepherd.

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Denland

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Fri 24th June at 9:00pm

Denland

Neil Paton, Brodie Jarvie, Declan Forde, Teis Semey, Matthew Herd

The highlight of the ’30 Under 30′ programme, Brodie Jarvie will be returning from
Amsterdam with an all star cast of internationally acclaimed young jazz musicians.

Brodie Jarvie – Upright Bass:
Brodie studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Tommy Smith, Mario Caribe and Julian Arguelles for the next four years.

Throughout his time at RCS, he was in demand in the UK jazz scene and was involved in a project with Edinburgh Jazz festival and Oslo Jazz Festival 2012 which allowed Brodie and two other Scottish jazz musicians to travel to Oslo and perform some original music with three other Norwegian musicians. He was also involved in a short tour around the United States in 2015 playing with Tom Bancroft’s Trio Red, where they played at the renowned Rochester Jazz Festival.

He now lives in Amsterdam where he studies a masters degree at the prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he has had the opportunity to learn and play with some of the leading Jazz musicians active today, such as Frans van der Hoeven, Dick Oatts, Jasper Blom and Yaniv Nachum.

Declan Forde – Piano:
Declan is one of the most innovative and inspiring musicians playing on the scene today,
his musical vision and intent makes him a very sought after, enjoyable and exciting band
member. Currently living and playing in Berlin, Declan graduated from Leeds college of
music in 2013 and was awarded the Yorkshire Live Music Project Bursary 2013-2016 and was Young Scottish Jazz musician of the year finalist in 2015.

Matthew Herd – Saxophone:
One of the finest young musicians to come out of Scotland in recent years, Alto and
Soprano Saxophonist Matthew Herd is making a name for himself as one of the best
young jazz players on the London scene. Performing and recording with the likes of Jacob
Collier, Scott Chapman, Tom Green, Misha Mullov-Abbado and Will Glaser, he brings the
experience and talent of someone at the cutting edge of the British jazz scene.

Teis Semey – Guitar:
Teis Semey is an internationally renowned guitarist who is based in Amsterdam. He won
first prize at the Princess Christina Concours Awards in 2014 and second prize in the
Leidse Jazz competition. Taking inspiration from a wide range of influences from Kurt
Rosnenwinkel to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, to Dmitri Shostakovich and Morten
Feldman. Semey’s focus and dedication to whatever music he plays will draw you in to a
very enjoyable, exhilarating musical experience.

Using simple, honest melodies and unapologetic interplay, DENLAND invite you to come on a musical journey with them as they delve into the unknown to tell a story you will want to hear.

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Rebecca Vasmant

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Rachel Lightbody
Beacon, Greenock

Rachel Lightbody

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Tom Gibbs

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Fri 24th June at 7:00pm

Rachel Lightbody

featuring Tom Gibbs

Part of our ’30 Under 30′ series

Vocalist, Rachel Lightbody is a young talent based in Glasgow. Growing up in Chicago she was immersed from a very young age in the sounds of American song. From Billie Holliday to James Taylor, the family home was always filled with music and sparked Rachel’s early interest in performance. Fast-forward to today and you’ll find her constantly singing with peers and mentors live and in the studio across Scotland, as well as teaching and working creatively in the community.
 Rachel has worked with artists such as Fat-Suit, Flembot, Bella Hardy and tonight with the wonderful pianist Tom Gibbs.

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Public House Orchestra

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Public House Orchestra

A special event for Glasgow International Jazz Festival. Foot stomping rhythm & blues, country and soul from the intriguing Public House Orchestra. Early acoustic warm up sets and thrilling performance acts.

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Howl Quintet

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Fri 24th June at 6:00pm

Howl Quintet

Another band in their 20s, Howl are quintet who write original jazz inspired by the jazz throughout the last 60 years as well as beat generation literature and poetry from the 1950s. Comprising members of Tommy Smith’s youth jazz orchestra and the RCS jazz degree the band have been busy playing around Glasgow and came together through a shared passion for creating modern melodic music with roots in the bebop tradition.

With a lineup of Guitar, Piano, Sax, bass and drums, the band move effortlessly from highly arranged parts to free, improvised sections and group interplay with a wide range of dynamics and sonic palate.

The band go into the studio this Summer to record their debut album.

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SCOTTISH MUSIC CENTRE

Glasgow Music City Tours

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Fri 24th June at 2:00pm

Glasgow Music City Tours

Glasgow Music City Tours, in partnership with Glasgow Jazz Festival, presents a unique walking tour tracing the history and highlights of Glasgow’s longest-running annual music event. Hear tales of visits from the greats, including Miles Davis and Tony Bennett, and get the inside story of how the Jazz Festival has survived and thrived over the decades.

This tour includes live music from pianist Fergus McCreadie, part of the Festival’s 30 under 30 young talent strand, plus a complimentary Oak Highland Gin from Strathearn Distillery.

Departs Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Starts: 2pm

Duration: 2 hours

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Sat 25th June at 2:00pm

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ST LUKES

Carol Kidd

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Sat 25th June at 8:00pm

Carol Kidd

An evening with Carol Kidd & her trio

Jazz legend Carol Kidd makes a welcome return to the Glasgow Jazz Festival and, for the first time, to the city’s splendid new St Luke’s venue.

Backed by the magnificent talents of Paul Harrison (piano), Mario Caribe (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums), Carol will be performing jazz standards alongside selected gems from Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows. She’ll also feature a few songs from her latest album – a celebration of one of the world’s most gifted songwriters, Cole Porter.
I Love Paris, It Never Entered My Mind, Get Out of Town, Come Rain or Come Shine and many more…

“Carol Kidd is the best kept secret of British jazz” – Frank Sinatra

“Her control is thrilling… She is world class” – Dame Cleo Laine

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Fri 24th June at 7:30pm

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Stephen Duffy Presents Sing a Song of Basie

Thu 23rd June at 8:00pm

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RECITAL ROOM

Scott Hamilton & Brian Kellock

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Sat 25th June at 7:30pm

Scott Hamilton & Brian Kellock

Scott Hamilton was born in 1954, in Providence, Rhode Island. During his early childhood he heard a lot of jazz through his father’s extensive record collection, and became acquainted with the jazz greats. He tried out several instruments, including drums at about the age of five, piano at six and mouth-organ. He had some clarinet lessons when he was about eight years of age, but that was the only formal music tuition he has ever had. Even at that age he was attracted to the sound of Johnny Hodges, but it was not until he was about sixteen that he started playing the saxophone seriously. From his playing mainly blues on mouth organ, his little band gradually became more of a jazz band.

He moved to New York in 1976 at the age of twenty-two, and through Roy Eldridge, with whom he had played a year previously in Boston, got a six-week gig at Michael’s Pub. Roy also paved the way for him to work with Anita O’Day and Hank Jones. Although it was the tail-end of the of old New York scene, a lot of the greats were still playing and he got to work and learn from people like Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones. Eldridge was Scott’s champion, but pulled no punches, and could be extremely critical, something for which Scott has always been grateful. In December of the same year John Bunch got Scott his first recording date, for Famous Door, and was also responsible for him joining Benny Goodman. He continued to work with Goodman at different times until the early 1980s.

In 1977 he formed his own quartet, which later became a quintet, with Bunch added to the group. The same year Carl Jefferson heard him, and began recording him for his Concord record label. More than forty albums later he is still recording for them, having made many under his own leadership, several with his regular British quartet of John Pearce, Dave Green and Steve Brown, including his latest, Nocturnes & Serenades. The Quartet plus two guests, Dave Cliff and Mark Nightingale recorded Our Delight! for Alan Barnes’ Woodville label. A new release, Across the Tracks on Concorde is due this May. Along the way he has made albums with Dave McKenna, Jake Hanna, Woody Herman, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Flip Phillips, Maxine Sullivan, Buddy Tate, Warren Vache, many with Rosemary Clooney and a number with another of his mentors, Ruby Braff, with whom he played residencies at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London in the mid-1980s. Over the years Scott has also performed and recorded with such touring bands as the Concord Jazz All Stars, the Concord Super Band and George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival All Stars.

For some years he was based in London, where he first played in 1978, but now travels the world from Italy. Each year, in addition to two or three residencies with the quartet at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, British jazz club dates and festival work including Brecon, where he is one of the patrons, he regularly tours Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Japan, Spain and Italy. He returns to America three or four times a year to play at festivals, including in 2007, the New York JVC festival in June and Irvine, California in September, and in February 2008 for three nights at the Lincoln Centre New York.
His playing has best been described by fellow tenor saxophonist and writer, Dave Gelly: “Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a great conversationalist in full flow. First comes the voice, the inimitable, assured sound of his tenor saxophone, then the informal style and finally the amazing fluency and eloquent command of the jazz language.” Scott was awarded the ‘Ronnie’ for International Jazz Saxophonist of the Year in the 2007 inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards. It is no wonder that Scott Hamilton is in demand the world over.

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Thu 23rd June at 7:30pm

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Sun 26th June at 7:30pm

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RECITAL ROOM

Paul Towndrow & Steve Hamilton

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Sat 25th June at 9:30pm

Paul Towndrow & Steve Hamilton

Join Paul Towndrow (Alto Saxophone) and Steve Hamilton (Piano) for this special album launch concert.

Paul and Steve have collaborated for over 15 years in a range of ensemble projects. In this intimate duo setting, compositions and improvisations are delivered in their purest form, allowing for the equal co-existence of musical architecture, and deep space. Crossover influences range broadly from Miles Davis to Debussy, from early jazz to celtic folksong, and from world music to free improvisation.

In recent years Paul has been perhaps best known as a founder member of the multi-award winning four-piece horn section Brass Jaw, and as a member of Scotland’s flagship jazz orchestra, The SNJO. He is well established on the UK jazz scene and has toured and recorded with a range of small group projects since 2002, and winning multiple awards at The 2003 World Saxophone Competition. Having spent his formative musical years studying on both sides of the Atlantic, Towndrow has become one the UK’s busiest musicians, touring and performing with a wide range of artists including Benny Golson, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Branford Marsalis,The Bad Plus, Ben E King,Jack Bruce, Martha Reeves, and others. He has been described in The Guardian as“A turbo-charged amalgam of all your saxophone heroes!”

Steve Hamilton is one of Europe’s most creative and experienced contemporary pianists, most recently touring the world as keyboardist with drumming legend Billy Cobham. His reputation as a piano ‘A-Lister’ is justified through his performances and recordings with Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Pete King,Sax Appeal, Pee Wee Ellis, Freddie Hubbard, Frank Gambale, Van Morrison and many others.

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Wed 22nd June at 7:30pm

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Vintage Trouble

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Regular Music Presents: Vintage Trouble

Since the release of their debut album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, Los Angeles-based band Vintage Trouble has gone from playing intimate hometown clubs to opening for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, touring North America and Europe with The Who and playing sold-out headline shows worldwide. “Like an M-80 in church, Vintage Trouble lands with a hiss and then blows apart what’s come to define modern soul, blues and rock,” observed Paste Magazine while Yahoo! Music said, “imagine James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin and you’ll get an idea of Vintage Trouble’s muscular, in the pocket sound.” The band has performed on such television shows as Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (four times, including Leno’s second-to-last show), Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Later…with Jools Holland. They have also been seen and heard in a national Honda commercial that featured the band performing the song “Today Is Pretty Great.”

So Vintage Trouble’s Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass) will be the first to tell you: yes, today is pretty great. What is especially remarkable is that all of this success came before the band had even signed to a major record label.

In the spring of 2014, Vintage Trouble inked with Blue Note Records. Label president Don Was recalls being knocked out by the band’s show at L.A.’s El Rey Theatre. “There were lines around the block and tickets were sold out based solely on word-of-mouth. They played a two hour show…half of the songs were brand new and totally unfamiliar to the audience…yet the place was rocking from the first notes straight through to the final encore,” says Was. “Do you know how hard it is for a new band to pull that off? It requires tremendous charisma, thundering power, incredible grooves and top notch songwriting.”

It also helps to have one helluva fanbase. Vintage Trouble’s fans – who branded themselves as “TroubleMakers” early on – have been instrumental at every stage of the band’s career. To thank the TroubleMakers for their unwavering support, Vintage Trouble unplugged and recorded a special five-song EP in 2014. The Swing House Acoustic Sessions – which is available only at Vintage Trouble shows and on the band’s website – features three brand-new songs plus completely re-imagined versions of two tunes from The Bomb Shelter Sessions. Vintage Trouble performsone of the new tracks,“Another Man’s Words,” live in the studio in this video.

Formed in 2010, Vintage Trouble cut its teeth playing weekly residencies at L.A. clubs like Harvelle’s – and attracted a massive following in the process. The resulting underground buzz led to legendary manager Doc McGhee taking notice and signing Vintage Trouble to his roster after hearing only a single chorus. Doc’s first order of business was to break the band in England. Their first venture overseas resulted in a similar groundswell with Music Weekly naming them 2011 Breakout Artist of the Year and HMV hailing them as their “Next Big Thing.”

The band’s performance on Later… with Jools Holland was one of the most talked about of the year, blowing up Twitter as the 6th most tweeted topic worldwide just hours after it aired. The very next day, their self-released debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, entered the charts, becoming the No. 1 R&B Album and No. 2 Rock Album on Amazon UK—No. 6 on Amazon overall and No. 13 on iTunes. It was in the UK Top 40 by the time it was officially released in July 2011.

Between opening for Brian May’s Anthems tour, supporting Bon Jovi in stadiums and arenas, and headlining smaller venues, after-hours clubs and pubs, Vintage Trouble performed for an estimated 400,000 people throughout the UK and Germany, as chronicled in the documentary 80 Shows in 100 Days, which is available here. Ty was invited to front Queen for Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday celebration in London, setting the stage for Vintage Trouble to embark on their third overseas tour.

The 2012 U.S. release of The Bomb Shelter Sessions, combined with their electrifying live show, catapulted Vintage Trouble into the limelight at home. The band performed on numerous national television shows and earned praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and Billboard. The New York Times noted, “Like Otis Redding, Vintage Trouble makes music that is a little bit of everything…you can slow dance, groove, rock and let it all go.” Their first video, “Nancy Lee,” filmed entirely with an iPhone, won at the Original iPhone Film Fest, not just taking the Music Video category, but the festival’s grand prize as well.

Vintage Trouble has continued to tour non-stop, with frequent forays across the US, UK and Europe and trips to Australia and Japan. In addition to opening for such artists as The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Lenny Kravitz, the band has played numerous festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, SXSW and Rock In Rio. Vintage Trouble headlined the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival, playing to an estimated crowd of 100,000. During its return to Glastonbury, lightning forced the closure of the stage when the band was only two songs into its set. Undeterred, Vintage Trouble turned in a riveting acoustic set in front of the stage for the multitude of standing in the rain – a set that became one of the 2014 festival’s most talked about events.

It’s that kind of passion, together with hard work, talent and luck, that are taking Vintage Trouble right where they deserve to be: on our radios and our televisions, in our headphones and our cars, at our favorite venues and on the soundtrack of our most memorable moments in life.

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HUG & PINT

Mammal Hands

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The Hug and Pint & Glasgow Jazz Festival presents:

Mammal Hands are a trio of like-minded musicians: Nick Smart (piano), Jesse Barrett (drums and percussion), and Jordan Smart (saxophones). Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Bonobo and Pharoah Sanders to The Cinematic Orchestra, alongside elements of North Indian and African music, they produce their own beautiful, inimitable music – at times wistful and melancholic and sometimes raucous, catchy and explosive, blending thoughtful compositions with spontaneity and interplay. On the road they have been wooing audiences from Montreal International Jazz Festival to Ronnie Scott’s; Mostly Jazz Festival to King’s Place London; and have received support from Jamie Cullum, Gilles Peterson and Bonobo. They were signed to Gondwana Records by Matthew Halsall and have released their sublime debut album, Animalia, to critical acclaim.

Mammal Hands met in April 2012, while busking in Norwich. They gelled quickly, drawn to each other’s open approach to music making. Brothers Nick and Jordan were already playing together as an electronica duo but with drummer Jesse joining the band they developed a distinctive sound drawing on their love of electronic, contemporary classical, world and jazz music. Jesse’s influences are wide ranging, drawing much from his studies with tabla maestro Sirishkumar Manji, he blends the intricate and complex rhythmic patterns of tabla with the melodic lines in the trio, bringing a distinctive approach to the drums and the rhythmic framework of the band’s tunes. Jordan brings a love of DJ culture and folk music from around the world, as well as the influence of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane to his playing whilst pianist Nick brings a knowledge of classical Jazz harmonies but also a deep interest in the minimalist composers (Terry Riley, Steve Reich, LaMonte Young) which has influenced his compositional approach, striving to create hypnotic, rhythmic patterns that can provide a foundation for Jordan and Jesse to build on. It is this unique combination of influences and their unusual baseless line-up that makes Mammal Hands’ sound so distinctive.

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STRATHCLYDE SUITE, GRCH

Big Band Festival

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Sat 25th June at 3:00pm

Big Band Festival

Scotland’s only Big Band Festival returns for 2016. For the 4th year running we will be showcasing some of the West of Scotland’s best big bands and for this year it will be part of Glasgow International Jazz Festival. With musical styles encompassing from early big band swing to contemporary pieces written and arranged by local Scottish composers. An exciting fusion of Jazz, Blues and Funk based music.

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Zig Zag Big Band

Byres Road Big Band

The Berrie Big Band

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SWING

The Roamin’ Jasmine

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Sat 25th June at 9:30pm

The Roamin’ Jasmine

Forged out of the lively street music scene in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the members of the Roamin’ Jasmine found one another busking under the swampy Louisiana sun, along the banks of the Mississippi, or after hours in storefronts on Royal, Frenchmen and Decatur Streets. Inspired by the city’s history of ethnic and musical diversity, and fresh out of music school at University of Miami’s, bassist, vocalist, and bandleader Taylor Smith began to collect some of his favorite old blues, jazz, and country tunes, while also composing some of his own songs. Arranging this collection for a six piece jazz ensemble and giving them a healthy dose of New Orleans flavor, he decided to share his work with some like-minded colleagues, and bring it to the streets of New Orleans. The Roamin’ Jasmine repertoire explores 1920’s era speakeasy blues, vintage Calypso from Trinidad, seminal 1950’s New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, and original compositions, all set to traditional jazz instrumentation with original arrangements. Through polyphonic collective improvisation inherent in their new homeland of New Orleans, the Roamin’ Jasmine hold true to a great New Orleans jazz tradition while participating in its evolution with undertones of different eras and places.

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Recital Room

‘Come and Try’ Session

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Sat 25th June at 1:30pm

‘Come and Try’ Session

Glasgow Jazz Festival ‘Come and Try’ Session

This year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival will introduce a new, fantastic and FREE ‘Come and Try’ session for all the young, aspiring Jazzers out there!

Paul Towndrow and Mikey Owers will be leading this interactive session for children aged between 8 and 13, who will have the opportunity to take part in a fun-filled music lesson with two of the top Jazz musicians in the Scottish music scene.

Both Paul and Mikey perform in multi-award winning four piece horn section Brass Jaw and are integral members of Scotland’s flagship jazz orchestra, The SNJO. Towndrow has toured and performed with a wide range of artists including Ben E King, Jack Bruce and Martha Reeves, with Owers having played alongside the likes of Capercaillie, Hue and Cry and Texas.

To sign your budding musician up to take part in this event please keep an eye on our Facebook page where we will be asking all potential attendees to go to sign up.

Age Group: 8 – 13 Years Old
Doors: 1.30pm
Start: 2pm (the session will be 40 minutes long)
Venue: Recital Rooms, City Halls

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult over 18 at all times and no child should be left unattended.

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City of Music Studio

FIONNA DUNCAN

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FIONNA DUNCAN

and her Trio

A native and resident of Scotland, vintage jazz vocalist Fionna Duncan came up in the ranks in 1950 at the Rutherglen Academy, singing Gilbert & Sullivan operas and working in an amateur drama group. After achieving high honors at the academy, she turned her attention to singing jazz standards, and by 1955 was working with Lindsay MacDonald in Glasgow nightclubs. On a business trip to the U.S. in 1956, she was approached to record for Riverside Records, a contract she turned down. In 1957 she was on the BBC’s network program with Joe Gordon and was a member of the Clyde Valley Stompers. The mid-’60s to early ’70s saw her working extensively in London, England, specifically with the Georgia Dixielanders, but she returned to Glasgow, where she stayed, working regularly with bassist Ronnie Rae and his trio. Infrequent subsequent visits to the States saw her performing in California, and also in Michigan, where she has family. In the mid-’90s she ran jazz workshops in Glasgow, one of her collaborators being vocalist Madeline Eastman. A staunch supporter of more traditional jazz styles and an interpreter of standards, her voice has been described as part silk and sandpaper. She is a hidden treasure with a good-humored, delightful persona.

This legendary performer will be joined on stage by Brian Kellock on piano, Ronnie Rae on bass and Alyn Cosker on drums.

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Michael Butcher

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Sat 25th June at 8:00pm

Michael Butcher

& Pete Johnstone Quartet

The highlight of last years Dukes sounds of Jazz programme was undoubtedly the breathtaking performance by Michael Butcher’s quartet featuring 2012 young jazz musician of the year, Pete Johnstone. The set contained original material and compositions by contemporary musicians such as Aaron Goldberg.

Since then the band have worked on a set of all original music that is likely to sound even better. Both graduates of the first ever year of the RCS jazz programme, Michael Butcher and Pete Johnstone are improvisational forces with drive, energy and character as well as an ability to listen and adapt to the rest of the band.

This is another of the best ’30 Under 30′ shows.

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Howl Quintet

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Quarks

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Sat 25th June at 5:00pm

Quarks

Quarks are a Glasgow based quartet playing experimental music based in the traditions of jazz with influence from Kenny Wheeler, Pat Metheny, Frank Zappa and John Abercrombie. Their eponymous debut EP has received rave reviews and featured on Stephen Duffy’s jazz house show on Radio Scotland.

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Rebecca Vasmant

Sun 26th June at 3:00pm

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St Lukes

BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up Stage

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Sat 25th June at 2:00pm

BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up Stage

Jazz Line-Up is BBC Radio 3’s weekly jazz programme presented by Julian JosephClaire Martin and Kevin Le Gendre.

Tickets will be allocated by random draw with 80% of tickets going to residents living within a 50 mile radius of Glasgow and 20% going to the rest of the UK.

You can register at any time until 9pm on Saturday 4 June.

You can apply for a maximum of four tickets.

Good luck!

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SCOTTISH MUSIC CENTRE

Glasgow Music City Tours

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Sat 25th June at 2:00pm

Glasgow Music City Tours

Glasgow Music City Tours, in partnership with Glasgow Jazz Festival, presents a unique walking tour tracing the history and highlights of Glasgow’s longest-running annual music event. Hear tales of visits from the greats, including Miles Davis and Tony Bennett, and get the inside story of how the Jazz Festival has survived and thrived over the decades.

This tour includes live music from pianist Declan Forde, part of the Festival’s 30 under 30 young talent strand, plus a complimentary Oak Highland Gin from Strathearn Distillery.

Departs Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Starts: 2pm

Duration: 2 hours

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Joe Locke Quartet

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Joe Locke leads a hand-picked quartet featuring virtuoso Paris-based US bassist Darryl Hall, sublime Sardinian pianist Alessandro Di Liberto and firebrand Scots drummer Alyn Cosker.

Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. Long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, it was not until the last decade that he emerged as the composer, band leader and conceptualist that he is considered today.

This is in no small part due to his recent solo projects, notably “Four Walls of Freedom” (Sirocco), a 6 movement suite featuring the late tenor saxophonist Bob Berg; “Live in Seattle” (Origin) by The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group which won the 2006 Ear Shot award for Concert of the Year and his eloquent and vibrant quartet “Force Of Four” (Origin).

Since joining Motéma Music in 2011 Joe has released three intrinsically different albums bearing witness of his immense stylistic versatility and ability to create artistic depth in a variety of contexts.
After “Signing”, the long awaited follow-up studio album of “Live In Seattle” 2012 also saw the release of Joe Locke’s first ever symphonic project, “Wish Upon A Star”, featuring Locke’s Quartet with Lincoln Nebraska’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz radio charts #1 Blues & Ballads album “Lay Down My Heart” in 2013. Locke’s latest Motéma release “Love Is A Pendulum” – a suite based on a poem by Barbara Sfraga – is already being hailed the most important work of his career.

Locke has won numerous awards and polls, including the 2006, 2008 and 2009 “Mallet Player of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2013 Hot House NYC Jazz Awards for best Vibes Player. He is active as a clinician and educator in the United States and Europe and has been the International Vibraphone Consultant at the Royal Academy of Music, London, on a visiting basis since 2008, holding the title of HonA RAM since 2013.

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David Patrick Octet The Rite of Spring

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enemy
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Kit Downes’ Enemy

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Kit Downes’ Enemy

‘Enemy’ – Kit Downes (piano), Petter Eldh (bass) and James Maddren (drums).

Based in London and Berlin, they play for the appreciation of expression through complexity – light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters colliding in unique and fierce combinations, which has been described as “rip-roaring” and “fiercely intense” (The Guardian 2015) as well as “a terrific musical intellect – huge energy and intuitive sensibilities” (London Jazz 2015).

The members of the band have all received their own critical acclaim (including a Mercury Music Award Nomination, BBC Jazz Award and numerous Downbeat Critics Poll nominations) as well as having toured the world with some of the finest musicians around (Django Bates, Squarepusher, Norma Winstone, Marius Neset) – but here they shine collectively, as like-minded experimentalists and improvisers.”

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the milk
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The Milk

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The Milk

Sometimes it takes a few bumps to find the right direction; often it involves experience, guts and self-belief to trust yourself and venture from one to find another. The Milk are a band that believe with utter conviction that they’ve now found their way. Fuelled by a rediscovery of the music and artists that originally inspired their formation, the four walls of their studio were ablaze with a soundtrack of Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes and the Isley Brothers throughout the songwriting process for their second album.

The Bee’s Paul Butler, who proved his production mastery with Michael Kiwanuka’s Mercury Prize nominated debut, invited the band to record at Chale Abbey, a medieval barn on the Isle of Wight. Guided by Butler, the sessions here captured the genuine version of The Milk: the sounds and honesty of soul.

Eager to share their new songs, ‘Deliver Me’ was released as free download and limited 7″ single in November 2014 – finding its way onto the playlists of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, Huey Morgan and Gilles Peterson – while The Milk’s dedicated fans packed out Tufnell Park’s The Dome for the band’s triumphant live return.

With their second album set for release this autumn, The Milk take to the stage on 2nd July for an intimate show at Hackney’s Oslo to unveil their new songs in full for the first time.

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Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra

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John Howard Riley is an English jazz pianist and composer.

Riley was born in Huddersfield. He began learning the piano at the age of six, and began playing jazz as early as the age of 13. He studied at the University of Wales (1961–66), Indiana University in America under Dave Baker (1966–67), and then at York University (1967–70). Alongside his studies he played jazz professionally, with Evan Parker (1966) and then with his own trio (1967–76), with Barry Guy on bass and Alan Jackson, Jon Hiseman, and Tony Oxley for periods on drums. Additionally he worked with John McLaughlin (1968), the London Jazz Composers Orchestra (1970-1980s), and with Oxley’s ensemble (1972–81). He and Guy worked in a trio with Phil Wachsmann from 1976 well into the 1980s, and played solo piano throughout North America and Europe. From 1978 to 1981 he played in a quartet with Guy, Trevor Watts, and John Stevens; in the early 1980s he did duo work with Keith Tippett, with Jaki Byard, and with Elton Dean. From 1985 he worked in a trio setting with Jeff Clyne and Tony Levin.

Riley has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and currently teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has taught continuously since the 1970s.

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vic goddard
CCA

Vic Godard Club Left

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Jazzateers

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Vic Godard Club Left

& Jazzateers

Glasgow Jazz Festival, in association with The Creeping Bent Organisation, present Club Left with Vic Godard & The Subway Sect, with special guests Jazzateers.

Vic Godard has forged his own unique trajectory since emerging from the 100 Club punk scene of 1976 where Subway Sect debuted alongside contemporaries The Clash and Sex Pistols. Godard’s melodic songs imbued by the Sect’s jagged sound set them apart from the usual run of the mill punk acts that joined the conveyor belt that year. By the time the debut album ‘What’s The Matter Boy?’ was released (MCA 1980) Godard had introduced a more pop based sound to his music.

The 1980s saw Vic Godard change direction, in 1981 Vic got together with Chris Bostock on bass, Dave Collard on piano/ keyboard, Rob Marche on guitar and Sean McLusky on drums, a group of musicians whose talents allowed him to experiment with jazz and swing, Vic Godard and The Subway Sect were born. They recorded and released one LP ‘Songs for Sale’ (London 1982), toured non-stop throughout 1981/2 and Club Left started at the Whiskey A Go Go in Soho, a weekly night of ‘Cool. Bop & Swing’, which later moved around the corner to Ronnie Scott’s.

Around the same period, Godard acolytes Orange Juice and Postcard Records were championing the Subway Sect in the press. Perhaps the Postcard group that was most in keeping with Godard’s Club Left incarnation were Jazzateers, who melded bossa nova with their Velvet Underground shadings. An album of Jazzateers’ previously unreleased Postcard archive (Don’t Let Your Son Grow Up To Be a Cowboy) is available via the Creeping Bent Organisation.

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ST LUKE’S

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The Groove Merchant Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band based in Glasgow. The band consists of some of the top young jazz talent in the country, making it a unique, versatile, keen, young jazz orchestra with a fresh outlook and approach. Their repertoire ranges from classic swing era Ellington and Basie charts to more modern and challenging material like Bob Mintzer and Kenny Wheeler, as well as original arrangements and compositions by the band members. The band’s versatility means that it can cater to any occasion or event, whether it’s a corporate function or a late night gig in a jazz bar.

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Fri 24th June at 7:30pm

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HUG & PINT

Helena Kay

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DAVID INGAMELLS + CALUM GOURLAY

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Helena Kay

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Helena Kay started playing alto saxophone when she was 11 years old and was introduced to jazz when her first teacher gave her a Charlie Parker CD. It was when she joined the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra that her love of jazz grew, as well as joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland when she was 16. A couple of years later she joined the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, who she’s still playing with today. She is currently in her fourth and final year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying with Malcolm Edmonstone, Martin Speake, Gareth Lockrane and Christian Forshaw.

In June 2015 she won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition on tenor saxophone (an instrument-switch inspired by her love of Sonny Rollins). She plays regularly in a trio with David Ingamells and Misha Mullov-Abbado, and is very happy to be playing trio with David and Calum Gourlay in the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

David Ingamells

David Ingamells was born in 1990 and started to play the drum kit at the age of seven. His teachers have included Trevor Tomkins, Ralph Salmins and Andrew Bain. In 2009 he was awarded a place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Hathaway, Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone. Whilst at the Guildhall David was part of the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra and had the opportunity to play with the Southbank Sinfonia, as well as being involved in several projects featuring musicians such as Mike Gibbs and Nikki Iles. He graduated from the Guildhall in 2013 with a First Class Honours Bachelor’s degree and was awarded both the Chartered Surveyors’ Prize and the Yamaha Jazz Scholarship in the same year.

He has performed at various jazz clubs in London, including Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club, in addition to concert venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square. He has also performed in the Isle of Wight, Marlborough and Lillehammer (Norway) Jazz Festivals, as well as the City of London Festival and the BBC Proms.

Calum Gourlay

London-based double bassist and composer Calum Gourlay is known for his deep warm tone, controlled execution as both a supporter and improviser, and rock solid time and pulse. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1986, he began his musical journey playing the cello in primary school and by the age of fourteen started the double bass, having developed a serious interest in jazz and improvised music. Gourlay’s talents were noticed by many of Scotland’s premier artists, and as a result he became the first bassist selected for the then ‘brand new’ Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra as well as other ensembles.
In 2004 he started at the Royal Academy of Music in London and graduated with first class honors with a B.Mus. (jazz) degree in 2008. Since then he has become a mainstay on the London scene while performing with the Kit Downes Trio, The Tommy Smith Group, Will Vinson, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Kurt Elling, Martin Speake, Martin Kershaw and Sheila Jordan.

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TRON VIC BAR

Euan Stevenson Trio

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Georgia Smith

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Euan Stevenson Trio

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Old Songs, New Songs

An exciting pop/jazz collaboration between accomplished vocalist/songwriter Georgia Smith and award winning jazz pianist/composer Euan Stevenson and his trio.

Accessible without selling out on quality and authenticity, their arrangements and interpretations of classic jazz standards are quirky, sophisticated, always respectful. Self penned songs sit comfortably alongside – songs that capture the charm, warmth and wit of their predecessors. They address the age old themes of love, heartbreak and loss – but within a 21st Century context.

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CITY OF MUSIC STUDIO

Martin Kershaw’s

Art Pepper Project

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Martin Kershaw’s

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Having returned to Edinburgh in 1999 after two years as a scholarship student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston, U.S.A., Martin quickly re-established himself on the Scottish scene. As sideman, he has performed alongside all the top names in Scotland, including Brian Kellock, Mario Caribe, Tommy Smith, Colin Steele, Tom Bancroft, Graeme Stephen, Ryan Quigley, Nigel Clark, Carol Kidd, Paul Harrison, Chris Stout, Kevin McKenzie and Tom MacNiven. Since 2004, he has held the 1st Alto chair in the celebrated Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

As bandleader, Martin founded the soul-funk outfit Groovediggaz, drum’n’bass/hip-hop collective Green Juice and his own Quartet. In 2002 he was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Recording Development Grant, and produced his first album with the Martin Kershaw Quartet (Fruition, on the Caber Music label), which received strong reviews and extensive radio play. Late in 2003 he formed Trianglehead, an exciting new experimental collaboration with keyboard genius Paul Harrison and drums maestro Stuart Ritchie. In 2005, with help from another Scottish Arts Council Recording Grant, Trianglehead released their debut recording, Maths, and then self-funded a follow-up recording, Exit Strategy, in 2007. Both albums received strong reviews and extensive radio play. Late in 2007, Martin became one of the first recipients of a Scottish Arts Council New Work Grant, to compose and perform a suite of original music inspired by the work of Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi. The project (entitled Hero As A Riddle), was a major popular and critical success, with enthusiastically-received performances in November 2008 in Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh. In early June 2009 Hero As A Riddle was recorded at Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, thanks to a further SAC Grant. Later in the same month, Hero As A Riddle was named New Project of The Year in the Scottish Jazz Awards.

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Rebecca Vasmant

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Rebecca Vasmant

In an age increasingly dominated by faceless machine-created sounds,
DJ-Producer Rebecca Vasmant is bringing a fresh twist to electronic
music with her love of jazz, the original form of unbridled spiritual
sonic expression. Rebecca is a passionate record collector and her
knowledge exceeds her time as a collector.

While promoting her own parties in Glasgow, starting her jazz record
label Shiehallion and touring the world for Ministry Of Sound, her
whirlwind schedule has recently fitted in sessions with eight-strong
Ghanaian outfit Kakatsitsi, which will manifest as a live fusion show
mixing traditional African rhythms with modern dance ingredients; two
strains of dancefloor-friendly catharsis joining together in a vibrant
new mutant.

Rebecca has already made a name for herself with her Made In Glasgow
and Know The Way parties, running a popular record fair with the
venerable Sub Club and a monthly spot on BBC Radio Scotland playing
contemporary jazz records in an attempt to bridge the gap between this
much abused but crucial genre and the electronic scene. A huge jazz fan,
she also airs this facet of her irrepressible musical passion at key
events like the Glasgow Jazz Festival and the Baltic Soul Weekender.

Renowned UK clubs which have been treated to Rebecca’s sublime house
and techno sets include a residency at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire,
current residency at the Sub Club Glasgow, We Love… at Manchester’s
Sankey’s, Leeds’ Back To Basics and London niteries including MOS,
Turnmills and more. She has also played festivals including Rockness,
Wickerman, Open Air Milan, plus regular Ibiza spots such as Space and
Zoo Project.

Rebecca’s musical activities have taken her to 27 countries in the
last two years, including premiere spots in France, Germany, Italy,
Spain, Brazil, Estonia, India, Africa, Nicaragua, Bosnia, Latvia, Dubai,
Austria, Turkey, Serbia, Algeria and Bulgaria.

All day event also featuring Pop Up kitchen, Jazz DJs and Open Jam stage.

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SCOTTISH MUSIC CENTRE

Glasgow Music City Tours

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Glasgow Music City Tours

Glasgow Music City Tours, in partnership with Glasgow Jazz Festival, presents a unique walking tour tracing the history and highlights of Glasgow’s longest-running annual music event. Hear tales of visits from the greats, including Miles Davis and Tony Bennett, and get the inside story of how the Jazz Festival has survived and thrived over the decades.
This tour includes live music from pianist Alan Benzie, Winner of the BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician and part of the Festival’s 30 under 30 strand, plus a complimentary Oak Highland Gin from Strathearn Distillery.

Departs Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Starts: 2pm

Duration: 2 hours

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Kasami
QUEEN MARGARET UNION

Kamasi Washington

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Kamasi Washington

Golden Voice Presents: Kamasi Washington

At the age of 13, Kamasi Washington started a lifelong quest discovering the many wonders of music. One night, his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano. Kamasi, filled with curiosity for all the beauty he heard from the instrument, picked up his father’s horn. Even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone – in fact, never even touched one – he played Wayne Shorter’s composition “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On,” his favorite song at the time.

At the prestigious Hamilton High School Music Academy, within two years, Kamasi earned the lead tenor saxophone chair in the top jazz ensemble. At the same time, Kamasi joined the Multi School Jazz Band (MSJB) where he reunited with several childhood friends who were pursuing their passion for music. During his senior year of high school, Kamasi formed his first band, “The Young Jazz Giants,” with childhood friends including Ronald Bruner, Stephen Bruner and Cameron Graves. After high school, Kamasi received a full scholarship to study ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he explored many of the non-western musical cultures around the world. During the summer after his freshman year, Kamasi recorded his first album with “The Young Jazz Giants” to spread new sounds of jazz all around the country. In his second year at UCLA, Kamasi went on his first national tour with the west coast hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. Later that year, Kamasi joined the orchestra of one of his biggest heroes, Gerald Wilson, and later went on his first international tour with R&B legend Raphael Saadiq.

Over the years, Kamasi has performed and recorded with many of his musical heroes from various genres, including Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan. Kamasi’s own band “The Next Step” is a modern spin on a big band, which includes two drummers, two upright bass players, keyboard players, three horns players, a pianist, and a vocalist. In addition, Kamasi is part of a west coast musical collective called the “West Coast Get Down.”

Most recently, Kamasi worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album “To Pimp A Butterfly.” On May 5th, Kamasi released his groundbreaking solo album “The Epic” on the trend-setting record label Brainfeeder. “The Epic” is a 172-minute, triple-disc masterpiece, featuring Kamasi’s ten-piece band “The Next Step” along with a full string orchestra and full choir. “The Epic” debuted #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and UK.

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U Roy
RUM SHACK

U Roy

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King Sturgav Sound

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U Roy

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ROOTS & CULTURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH JA LIVE PRESENTS: U Roy & King Sturgav Sound

The remarkable story of U Roy’s early career has been told so often that it has become the stuff of legend among reggae circles, and not without good reason. Through his groundbreaking performances on King Tubby’s Home-Town Hi-Fi, and the series of chart-topping hits in their wake, U Roy forever changed reggae music and the dancehall culture at its core. Although such a meteoric rise to fame is not uncommon for reggae artists, U Roy was unusual in that he did not descend into obscurity with equal speed. Though he was never to repeat the tremendous success of his initial recordings, U Roy nevertheless had a powerful and direct influence on Jamaican music for well over a decade past his popularity’s peak in 1970, primarily through the sound system that he founded and ran. This sound, King Stur Gav Hi-Fi, not only served as a deejay academy at which some of the best microphone talent of the era could hone their skills, but also provided a platform for these disciples to take their teacher’s style to the forefront of reggae music. 

Despite U Roy’s initial popularity, and the accompanying wave of imitators eager to share in his success, his delivery did not remain in fashion indefinitely. Adapting the innovations of Big Youth, mid-70s deejays turned away from U Roy’s ballistic jive-talk, instead favoring rootsy, cultural chant. Yet, by the late 70s, U Roy’s style was again dominant in the dancehalls. Many artists shared the responsibility for this shift: U Brown and Ranking Trevor, who deejayed for King Attorney (soon to become Socialist Roots) just as U Roy once had, and whose deliveries were almost wholly faithful to U Roy’s style, never were regulars on Stur Gav, but scored hits in the later part of the 70s and played a significant role in bringing U Roy’s musical tradition back into popularity. General Echo and Lone Ranger, who remained faithful to the feel of U Roy’s delivery while making creative stylistic innovations, also had a huge influence on the path 1980s deejaying was to take. But in addition to these younger deejays, it was U Roy himself who, through his sound system, ensured that his style was to be the foundation for all deejaying of the 1980s and beyond. 

Perhaps wisely, U Roy was not the lead deejay of his own sound system, which might have condemned it to being an “oldies” sound irrelevant to the new generation of dancehall patrons; instead, he allowed younger, more popular DJs to take center stage. In its first incarnation, Stur Gav was dominated by Ranking Joe on the microphone and selector Jah Screw at the turntable. Joe, formerly known as Little Joe, essentially turbocharged U Roy’s rhyming style: his chat was wild, lightning-fast, and full of barely-contained explosive energy, often punctuated with wails, shrieks, ululations, “oinks,” “bims,” and similar interjections. Infectiously dynamic and full of energy, Joe’s delivery was perfectly suited for live performances, and though his vinyl recordings did not always capture his dancehall capabilities, he nevertheless found chart success through several major hits. With Joe on the microphone, Stur Gav was one of the biggest sounds of the era, only challenged by Stereophonic with General Echo as its lead DJ; the two sounds came together in spectacular sound clashes on several occasions. 

In 1980, however, disaster struck: the sound was destroyed in one of the many incidents of politically-motivated violence associated with the year’s election, and Ranking Joe and Jah Screw, who had both been working for Ray Symbolic for some time, left the sound permanently. Though this may have seemed a deadly blow to the sound, it in fact only set the stage for a new beginning. After a brief hiatus, U Roy rebuilt the sound in 1981, and Joe’s departure did not prove fatal: U Roy had found new disciples to take Stur Gav forward into the new decade. The rejuvenated sound featured Josey Wales and Charlie Chaplin as lead deejays, with the late Inspector Willie serving as selector. Again, U Roy allowed the younger micmen to dominate the sound, with the “Teacher” only occasionally taking up the mike to chat. 

Of the new lineup, the “Colonel” Josey Wales was the most celebrated. He was the only deejay close to challenging Yellowman’s dominance during the early 80s, and his records for Lawes, George Phang, Bunny Roots, and Ossie Thomas often met with chart success. Onto U Roy’s stylistic foundation Josey added a no-nonsense ragamuffin voice and a seemingly incongruous half-sung delivery; this unlikely mixture was perfectly suited for the heavy-hitting Roots Radics rhythms that were the standard sound system fare of the time. In contrast, his sparring partner Charlie Chaplin’s delivery was less gruff, but shared the half-sung quality, and was aided by a distinctive voice and way of phrasing words that made even his spoken comments in the interim between selections compelling. Though the Principal, as Chaplin was called, was indisputably a talented deejay, he never achieved the same level of chart success as his spar. Nevertheless, Chaplin’s efforts for producers Roy Cousins, George Phang, and Junjo Lawes are well worth seeking out. Both deejays, particularly Chaplin, were extraordinary not only in prowess at the mike, but also in a firm anti-slackness stance and Rastafarian viewpoint that was to become increasingly uncommon as the dancehall era progressed. 
With the Colonel and the Principal at the helm, Stur Gav became not only one of the leading sounds of the era, but developed a distinct “personality” that distinguished it from the competition. This was in part because of its consistent roster of performers: though many sounds had large numbers of deejays constantly cycling through, Stur Gav was almost always manned by Josey and Chaplin. Though they were occasionally accompanied by other performers, such as Brigadier Jerry, Sugar Minott, Don Carlos, U Brown, Jah Grundy, Colour Ranking, and others, the Stur Gav mike was not dominated by swarms of up-and-comings eager for self-promotion. Perhaps because of this, the sound’s sessions had a uniquely musical feel: Inspector Willie’s selections played almost continually, with the vocal “Part One” often allowed to run for nearly its whole length instead of being hauled up after fifteen seconds, as was common practice on many contemporary sounds. When the record was flipped and the performers let loose over the version side, the music was again continuous, as the artists allowed the rhythm to run without feeling the need to “wheel up” the music and lecture the crowd. This commitment to entertainment over self-indulgence, when combined with an unwavering dedication to cultural music instead of slackness, made Stur Gav a unique sound that not only commanded the respect of dancehall patrons of the day, but that has lived on in the cassette tapes sought after by fans to this day.

Inevitably, times changed, and reggae music changed with them. As the decade passed through the Sleng Teng digital revolution and headed into the late 80s, Stur Gav left the spotlight. In retrospect, it seems unlikely that the digital rhythms themselves were at the root of the sound’s decline – the sound was still running strong in 1986, with the deejays, talented as ever, not showing any difficulty adapting to the new sound of the music. Indeed, Josey Wales continued to score hits using King Jammy’s digitized rhythms. It is perhaps more due to the newer generation of deejays that came to prominence in the late 80s, and the near complete demise of conscious lyrics, that Stur Gav no longer was at the center of the dancehall scene. It is a stark reality of reggae music that older performers are eventually eclipsed in popularity by younger innovators, and the new crop of deejays of the late 80s – men like Shabba Ranks, Supercat, Cutty Ranks, Admiral Bailey, Ninjaman, and Cobra – were not inclined towards the Rastafarian lyrics that would make them welcome on Stur Gav. Inevitably, without the support of young, popular deejays, and without sacrificing its commitment to positive, conscious lyrics, Stur Gav could not remain at the forefront of dancehall music, and sounds like King Jammy’s Super-Power and Killamanjaro came to symbolize the new era. The coffin must have seemed nailed shut by the change, instigated by Stone Love, from live performers to dubplates that took place around the turn of the decade. Following the tradition of U Roy on King Tubby’s Hi-Fi, it was the live deejay performances that were at the very core of Stur Gav’s vitality, and so the sound was utterly incompatible with the dancehalls of the early 90s. 

However, by the late 90s, time had changed again. Led by Tony Rebel, Buju Banton, Anthony B, Sizzla, Luciano, and Capleton, cultural music had again come to the forefront of Jamaican music, and though many artists still dealt with hedonistic concerns, the stage was set for Stur Gav’s return. The New York-based Downbeat Hi-Fi hosted several successful reunion sessions featuring the Stur Gav crew, and after touring on the Blood and Fire sound system alongside Joseph Cotton and U Brown, Ranking Joe returned with news of enthusiastic crowds. Seeing his opportunity, U Roy relaunched the sound, and since then, King Stur Gav Hi-Fi has again been on the road, featuring not only its original crew (albeit with Inspector Willie replaced by former Volcano and Stur Mars selector Danny Dread), but also a host of other vintage artists eager to participate in foundation-style dancehall sessions. The sound has toured the world, and recordings of two 1998 sessions, featuring Johnny Osbourne, Brigadier Jerry, Al Campbell, and U Brown alongside the expected Colonel, Principal, and Teacher, have been given commercial release as a double-CD set. 

In between these performances, the artists have again found time to record tunes: Charlie Chaplin has voiced several superb “combination” tunes with conscious singers like Luciano, Garnett Silk, and Cocoa Tea for culturally-oriented labels like Bobby Digital’s Digital B and Fatis Burrell’s Xterminator. And even though the Colonel and the Principal, strangely enough, never collaborated in the studio during their prime in the 80s, the two have now begun to appear together in combination efforts on vinyl as well as on the Stur Gav microphone. Although it is not reasonable to expect Stur Gav and its artists to regain the same influence they had at their peak, their revival of foundation-style dancehall music can still be enjoyed by fans old and new alike. Hopefully, they will carry on their musical works for years to come.

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Euan Stevenson (Emerging Artist Scottish Jazz Awards 2013) Teams up in duo with multiple award winning pianist/composer: Dave Newton (12 times voted UK Jazz pianist of the Year)

Expect keyboard fireworks and an uncanny telepathic musical understanding as the pair perform virtuosic, light hearted interpretations of standards, classical themes, and original compositions.

“A shared talent for witty reinvention…a marvellous new keyboard duo”  The Herald

“There is always more to Newton’s playing than first meets the ear. The surface may be smooth, but there are all kinds of clever, subtle things going on beneath”.  The Observer

“Stevenson exhibits nonchalant grace on the piano…clever, witty and serious music…”  The Scotsman

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As Joe Bonamassa approaches his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 15 solo albums in the last 13 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. Bonamassa’s tour schedule consistently hovers at around 200 shows worldwide each year, and a heaping handful of markedly diverse side projects keep him thinking outside the box and flexing every musical muscle he’s got. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools. There’s a case to be made that Joe Bonamassa, like another star who shared the same initials, is the hardest working man in show business.

In addition to live performances, 2014 will mark four major projects on the J&R release schedule: a live DVD/Blu-ray plus 2-disc companion CD from the neo-funk/jazz combo Rock Candy Funk Party which was filmed over three nights at the legendary Iridium Jazz Club in New York City; a live CD/DVD/Blu-ray with singer Beth Hart filmed at Amsterdam’s famed Carre Theatre last summer while the duo was touring in Europe; and a 4-disc CD package of Tour De Force: Live In London, Bonamassa’s career retrospective recorded and filmed (the DVD/Blu-rays came out in late 2013) at concerts at four iconic London venues. After that, another blues-rock solo album—aka Joe’s “day job”—will follow. “Sometimes journalists just shake their heads, and ask me ‘Isn’t it risky?,’” says Joe. “But I say why not do it? Why play it safe? I want to diversify, not just always have it be business as usual.”

It all builds on Bonamassa’s ascendant prominence of the past few years. Recent kudos include his very first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, which he earned with much buzzed about singer-songwriter Beth Hart for their sophomore collaboration, Seesaw; a Blues Music Award nomination for Best DVD for the 2013 solo acoustic project, An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House; eleven #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist); five consecutive “Best Blues Guitarist” wins and a top “Best Overall Guitarist” honor in Guitar Player’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and recognition as Billboard’s #1 Blues Artist, 2010— the year Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall was released, featuring Eric Clapton joining him onstage. Reviewing 2011’s Dust Bowl, Premier Guitar wrote, “Over time, Bonamassa has created his own universe that no longer has much to do with what we think of as traditional blues. It’s movie music for your mind with astonishingly great guitar playing.” Regarding Bonamassa’s 2012 album Driving Towards The Daylight (with guests including Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford), Guitar World called him the “roots-based six-string’s new king of pyromania.” Rolling Stone wrote, “his exacting singing blends with fiery symphonic playing.” In a review for the 2012 CD/DVD Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre—Live From New York, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said, “He makes every note matter and resonate emotionally. Indeed, he is one of the finest musicians in the business today.”

The first in the queue of Bonamassa’s 2014 releases is Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York – Live At The Iridium, a live DVD/Blu-ray package from Rock Candy Funk Party, a quartet of world renowned players —album producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar), Mike Merritt (bass), Renato Neto (keys), and Daniel Sadownick (percussion)— who convened for the sheer joy of making music and mutual love of genre-blurring grooves. The package, which follows up last year’s debut album We Want Groove, includes a 30-minute documentary and an exclusive live companion double CD featuring over 100 minutes of music. It includes eight live renditions of original tracks that mash up funk, jazz, and rock with virtuoso musicianship, as well as four cover songs. The band is making their late-night television debut on CONAN in support of it; a selection of songs from the DVD debuted on a November episode of PBS’ popular music performance series “Front & Center.”

JazzTimes describes the band: “If you could put James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Joe Satriani, Galactic, Medeski Martin & Wood, Soulive and the Heavy in a blender, you might wind up with Rock Candy Funk Party, whose music sounds exactly like its name. It stands to reason… just get down with it.”

Next up is the CD/DVD/Blu-ray of Bonamassa and blues-rock vocal diva Beth Hart’s live performance at Amsterdam’s famed Carre Theatre, filmed in the summer of 2013. The duo toured in support of their Grammy-nominated sophomore album Seesaw, which reprises the powerful dual chemistry they generated on 2011’s Don’t Explain, a collection of ten soul and blues covers that both honors and rethinks the original recordings—classics made famous by artists including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Delaney & Bonnie, Bill Withers, and Aretha Franklin. Of the sessions for Don’t Explain, producer Kevin Shirley says, “Beth’s got a pretty heady voice, very reminiscent of Janis Joplin, and she’s also got a lot of Etta James in her, but hadn’t really accessed it yet. With this material, there is gentleness to the way she delivers the most heartfelt tunes that she hasn’t shown before.” Shirley also produced this new live project, which he calls “one of the projects I’m most proud of,” and Bonamassa and Hart (who recently brought down the house tributing Buddy Guy at the Kennedy Center honors) are once again backed by the band featured on Bonamassa’s 2009 Blues chart-topper The Ballad of John Henry: Anton Fig (drums, percussion), Blondie Chaplin (guitar), and Carmine Rojas (bass), as well as Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards).

While Bonamassa is always stretching creatively and looking forward, he also celebrated his story so far in a major way last year. He and his band performed concerts—that were recorded and filmed—at each of the four venues in London at which he had previously played, from the smallest on up: The Borderline, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, and The Royal Albert Hall. Each show featured a different configuration of the band, and a different selection of songs from Bonamassa’s extensive catalogue—nothing was repeated. In late 2013, J&R Adventures released Tour De Force – Live In London, 4 DVDs and 4 Blu-rays from each of the four concerts. The companion audio CDs – over nine hours of live material – will be released in 2014.

Later in the year, a much-anticipated new solo studio album will be released featuring all-new, all-original material.

As usual, Bonamassa will continue performing live-on-stage, which is exactly where he’s most comfortable. “No one on the scene today plays with as much passion, has as much finesse and raw talent, has reverence for those who came before him, and has as much passion for his craft as Joe Bonamassa,” writes Classic Rock Revisited. But Bonamassa’s still got a long way to go, and will certainly in turn inspire many who come after him as he continues to reinvent himself with a varied palette of side projects—and logs endless miles “dressing up in sunglasses and a suit,” touring the world and growing his legacy as one of the greatest guitar slingers of all time.

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