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Skinny Pelembe

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Fri 21st June at 7:30pm

Skinny Pelembe

Skinny Pelembe is a multi-talented wonder, born in Johannesburg and raised in Doncaster, who crafts patchworks of personal and musical touchstones. First debuting in 2017, he’s honed a distinctive musical style; memories and observations are weaved together, sun-dazzled California folk diced with the murkier corners of the UK dance lineage. He celebrates flawed, post-recession Britain, exalting the UK in all of its imperfect, contradictory realities.

Releasing debut album “Dreaming Is Dead Now” in May 2019, he’s been tipped by The Observer, The Quietus and Huck. Singles “I Just Wanna Be Your Prisoner” and “Spit / Swallow” were both picked for BBC 6 Music’s A-List. He’s guested with Lauren Laverne, Mary Ann Hobbes and Tom Ravenscroft on 6 Music, with Jamz Supernova on BBC 1xtra, and recorded live sessions for The Vinyl Factory and Worldwide FM. He sold out a headline UK tour last year, was booked for 6 Music’s 2018 showcase at The Great Escape, and has supported Nightmares on Wax and Maribou State.

It was Future Bubblers, a Gilles Peterson- and Brownswood-founded, Arts Council-supported programme for unsigned artists, that provided Skinny with an important early launchpad. His track ‘Should You Go’, for instance, first self-released on his 2017 “Seven Year Curse” EP, was included on Gilles Peterson’s iconic Brownswood Bubblers series. It also sparked connections with other artists on Future Bubblers, such as Yazmin Lacey, who had been picked for the scheme in the previous year. The pair performed together at the 2018 edition of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards, and Lacey featured on Skinny’s “Sleep More, Make More Friends” EP later that year.

His music has spurred new connections and garnered him attention from artists he’s long admired, such as legendary producer and label boss James Lavelle (Mo’Wax), who tapped him up earlier this year, asking him to open for UNKLE at the Royal Festival Hall. The album is co-produced by Malcolm Catto (The Heliocentrics), and the producer’s connection to the LA hip-hop world saw Skinny’s musical hero and iconic beatmaker Madlib drop by the studio during sessions for the record, while on the single “Dreaming Is Dead Now”, Skinny worked with a duo of foundational drum & bass producers – working under the covert alias of The Bleeding Edge – who he’s long looked up to. “When you have all these people that you hold in such high regard wanting to talk to you,” he says, “you’re kind of like, ‘Yeah, maybe I can add something to the conversation.’”

Growing up in Doncaster, he had moved there as a three-year-old from Johannesburg, where apartheid South Africa had driven his parents – a mixed race couple – to find somewhere else to live. His varied approach to his influences started early on. His two older brothers were heavily into hip-hop, while he would also absorb the West Coast folk and country music played by his dad. The former has always influenced the way he thinks about his lyrics. “It’s just trying to be so transparent that when you hear it,” he says, “you don’t feel like there’s any pretense or thought or over-deliberation.” The latter, meanwhile, has continued to inform the way he writes songs, balancing out his tracks’ tougher moments with three-part harmonies, calling back to the spirit of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

He threw himself into the pockets of creativity he could find in his Yorkshire hometown, such as the Higher Rhythm studio (where much of “Dreaming Is Dead Now” was recorded), where he would started going to record music when he was 16. Its owner, Steven Mundin, would give him and his friends free recording time, and put them onto music, tipping him off to old funk, Gil Scott-Heron and Gilles Peterson’s radio show. Other reference points have come through chance encounters. It was a meeting at Leeds train station, where he was a student at the time, which led to the offer of a job in a boutique clothes store, where he was introduced to psych and experimental guitar bands he’d not heard before, and which saw him going over to Liverpool Psych Fest each year with his workmates.

The references for the artwork for “Dreaming Is Dead Now” speak to the diverse palette of influences which have always underlaid his approach, nodding to two of his favourite albums, Alice Coltrane’s “Journey to Satchidananda” and The White Stripes’ “White Blood Cells”. The album sees all of these different markers melded into something altogether new. Bright stitches of colour are threaded through dark-hued, heavyweight material, luminous guitar riffs slicing through tough, tight-programmed drum beats, much of it washed over with feedback and layers of reverb.

On “Dreaming Is Dead Now”, Skinny underscores his distinctive position as an artist. It’s a rare kind of debut record – the kind where the messy, in-between musical spaces are given space to shine, where hitherto untapped tangents are unfurled to see what might be found inside.

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Nimbus Sextet

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Sat 22nd June at 7:30pm

Nimbus Sextet

‘Beautiful new music’ – Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, Worldwide FM

The brainchild of keys/harmonica player Joe Nichols, Scottish contemporary jazz six-piece Nimbus Sextet have gained attention for their organic blend of jazz, hip-hop and world music elements & their infectious approach to melody and groove. Fresh from supporting Gilles Peterson and their debut single ‘Seance’ being championed by Worldwide FM’s Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy in 2018, Nimbus Sextet make their Glasgow Jazz Festival debut in what is fast becoming a very exciting 2019 for the band.

Featuring some of the most creative players from the Glasgow and Edinburgh scenes, Nimbus Sextet are a contemporary jazz group playing original music that spans the jazz & world music spectrum. Marrying Afro-Cuban, West African & Balkan influences with post-bop and hip-hop, their music channels a unique rhythmic energy and interlaces this with rich melodic ideas and captivating improvisation.

Joe Nichols (Keys, Piano & Harmonica) Mischa Stevens (Bass)
Martin Fell (Alto & Soprano Sax, Clarinet) Alex Palmer (Drums)
Euan Allardice (Trumpet) Manuel Brazuna (Guitar)

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LUNIR

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Sun 23rd June at 7:30pm

LUNIR

Featuring multi-instrumentalists Becky Sikasa (vocals, keys, guitar, looping) and David Scobie (drums, vocals, synths), LUNIR fuse acrobatic vocals, live looping, one-handed drumming and a genre-hopping sonic palette to create a kaleidoscopic hybrid of colour and soul. Since their release of their debut EP Flux in 2016, they have sold out shows and toured across the UK and Germany, performing for the BBC, Sofar Sounds, various European festivals, and have received airplay on BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio and M94.5. They released their latest track Wadidi – ‘an undeniably slick slice of forward-thinking musicality that defes genre’ – in late 2018, as a glimpse of new material coming this year.

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DAVID MCALMONT

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BILLIE HOLIDAY AT CARNEGIE HALL

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Wed 19th June at 7:30pm

DAVID MCALMONT

Presents BILLIE HOLIDAY AT CARNEGIE HALL

Inspired by the legendary 1956 concert at which Billie’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, David McAlmont gives his unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from her extraodinary life story, with a band led by pianist / MD Alex Webb. The show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, ranging – as did the Carnegie Hall concert – from the optimism of her 1930s work (What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Fine And Mellow) through her 1940s Torch songs (My Man, I Cover The Waterfront) to her self-penned classics Don’t Explain and Lady Sings The Blues – and many more.

Holiday’s memoir ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ remains a unique document. The New York Herald Tribune called it, ‘One of the most candid self-portraits ever painted on a typewriter’, and it retains the power to shock and intrigue more than half a century later.

Singer and songwriter David McAlmont, best-known for his collaborations with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, has long had an interest in jazz, performing at a John Coltrane tribute concert at the Barbican and in 2004 releasing Set One: You Go to My Head, a collection of Cassandra Wilson and Betty Carter-inspired standards. He has also recorded with Courtney Pine, Michael Nyman and David Arnold. In 2016 he recorded the Alex Webb composition Me And My Crazy Ideas for the album Call Me Lucky by Alex Webb and the Copasetics.

Alex Webb is a songwriter, arranger and piano player; his songs have been recorded by jazz vocalists Liane Carroll, China Moses, Alexia Gardner, Mina Agossi and Alexander Stewart, among others. He has created a number of words-and-music productions, including the jazz history shows ‘Lush Life’ (about composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn), ‘Charlie Parker on Dial’ and ‘Cafe Society Swing’ (which has enjoyed two theatre runs in London and one in New York, where it was awarded the New York Times ‘Critic’s Pick’); he recently premiered a musical about Lena Horne, ‘Stormy’ written with writer/actress Camilla Beeput.

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HAFTOR MEDBØE / JACOB KARLZON

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Wed 19th June at 7:30pm

HAFTOR MEDBØE / JACOB KARLZON

Norwegian/Scottish guitarist Haftor Medbøe and Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon join creative forces in the permormance of a set of original compositions.

Since first meeting at the Islay Jazz Festival in the Scottish Hebrides 15 years ago, Haftor and Jacob have been slowly hatching a plan to collaborate. At long last they come together on this set, first premiered live as part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2018, that draws on their shared roots and personal influences.

The work evokes a Nordic sensibility with echoes of the Scandinavian jazz tradition as embodied by pianists Jan Johansson, Esbjorn Svensson and Tord Gustavsen. Inspired in part by traces of the region’s folk musics, the album simultaneously meditates on more universal aspects of the here and the now. The project will be toured in the UK and Scandinavia during 2019/20.

BIOGRAPHIES:
Haftor Medbøe has released albums with his eponymous group on Linn Records, and Fabrikant Records, and with Norwegian compatriots Espen Eriksen (pn.) and Gunnar Halle (tpt.) on Losen records. Born in Norway, Haftor has for many years been resident in Scotland where he is Jazz Musician in Residence and Associate Professor of Music at the capital city’s Edinburgh Napier University.

Jacob Karlzon is an award winning Swedish pianist who is celebrated for his work with artists including Silje Nergaard, Nils Landgren, and Viktoria Tolstoy. He has shared the stage with a host of jazz luminaries including Billy Cobham, Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone, and has recorded for Caprice Records, Stunt Records, ACT and Warner Music. In 2012 Jacob gained the coveted status of Steinway Artist.

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CHARLIE HUNTER & LUCY WOODWARD

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Wed 19th June at 7:30pm

CHARLIE HUNTER & LUCY WOODWARD

Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward are known for excelling in different genres, yet the two veteran musicians have been running in similar circles before pairing up for touring in 2018. With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, virtuoso guitarist Charlie Hunter has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, and D’Angelo. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight – string guitar and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. Lucy Woodward has been blazing her own path since the 2003 release of her Top 40 radio hit “Dumb Girls”. Not settling for the pop industry standards, she later released albums on the legendary jazz Verve label and on Snarky Puppy label GroundUP Music after much collaboration with the band. She has sung live with with Pink Martini and WDR Big Band and has sung background vocals for icons such as Rod Stewart, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand. Charlie and Lucy toured much of 2018 and rounded with a drummer, they recorded an album based on pocket-heavy renditions of vintage pop and classic standards ranging from Blind Willie Johnson to Terence Trent D’Arby to Nina Simone.

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FAT-SUIT, STRATA & MEZCLA

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Thu 20th June at 7:00pm

FAT-SUIT, STRATA & MEZCLA

Our Home Grown Series will showcase the best Scottish talent at this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival.

Fat-Suit take influence from the sounds of the Brownswood recordings, the UK underground jazz scene, and the broad soundscapes of Scottish folk. Within the collective are multi disciplined musicians of jazz, folk, rock, and electronic worlds. They take the stage as an 8-piece on a late club slot, 14 in a concert hall or theatre, to 30 strong in the studio. Fat-Suit’s 4th album is due for release Autumn 2019, with a UK launch tour.

Named as one of Jazzwise Magazine’s “One to Watch in 2019” and nominated for both “Best Band” and “Best EP/Album” at last year’s Scottish Jazz Awards, Graham Costello’s STRATA blend stylistic elements of jazz, minimalism, and celebrated progressive/noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic, winning over audiences with towering dynamics and a raw and genuine enthusiasm. February 2019 saw the release of their debut album “OBELISK” which has garnered much attention from the UK press and beyond, with Clash Magazine calling it “startling, groundbreaking…it explodes definitions to seize fresh space”.

Mezcla are a world/jazz fusion ensemble currently making waves throughout the UK. Led by bass player David Bowden (BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017), Mezcla features some of Scotland’s brightest stars and is attracting attention for its innovative blend of soulful jazz and energetic grooves. Skilfully fusing influences from West Africa to Latin America and beyond, Mezcla’s music is distinguished by its uplifting melodies, shimmering textures, and visceral improvisation.

Nominated for ‘Best Band’ at the 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards, the band have been touted by Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3. Recent highlights have included a sell-out gig at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, BBC Music’s ‘Biggest Weekend’, and London Jazz Festival 2018.

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MARTIN TAYLOR

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Thu 20th June at 7:00pm

MARTIN TAYLOR

Award winning guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.

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BRIAN MOLLEY QUINTET & LAURA MACDONALD QUARTET

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Thu 20th June at 7:15pm

BRIAN MOLLEY QUINTET & LAURA MACDONALD QUARTET

Brian Molley Quintet recreate and reimagine one of the best selling jazz albums of all time, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba. Marking the height of the Bossa Nova craze, and featuring the Grammy winning Desafinado as well as Brazilian classics One Note Samba and Bahia, Jazz Samba rightly holds its place as a tour de force in Jazz and Brazilian Music, with both Getz and Byrd at the height of their powers.

Brian Molley Quintet, featuring Molley/tenor sax, Mario Caribe/guitar, Ross Milligan /guitar, Brodie Jarvie/double bass and Stuart Brown/drums, maintain a healthy respect for the original album whilst bringing to bear their own original interpretations of this genre defining music.

The finest in UK Jazz” Time Out,
Assured and Inventive” Scotsman

Laura Macdonald is one of the U.K’s most prominent women in Jazz. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of sixteen . In 1995 Laura was given a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated in 1997. Laura became the first winner of the Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1997.In 1998, Laura became lead alto player in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Laura has released 4 c.d’s ‘Laura’ – Spartacus records (2000), “Awakenings’ Spartacus Records (2003, ‘Open Book’ – Imogena Records (2008), ‘Duets’ – Niro Music (2014).2005 saw Laura win a ‘Take Five’ initiative award funded by the Jerwood Foundation. Laura is a prominent composer being nominated twice for the Paul Hamlyn Composition Award and has been commissioned by Creative Scotland (Commonwealth Games, SNJO, London Jazz Festival, PRS, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Jazz Scotland, The European Jazz Network and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

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MATT CARMICHAEL QUARTET

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Thu 20th June at 10:00pm

MATT CARMICHAEL QUARTET

Matt Carmichael is a 20 year old saxophonist/composer from Scotland who has played at festivals including Love Supreme, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival USA, Celtic Connections and has had his music featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland and Jazz FM.

Matt’s original compositions are influenced by jazz and folk and feature some of the most exciting musicians in the UK who have all played together since their mid teens – pianist Fergus McCreadie (Best instrumentalist – Scottish Jazz Awards) , Tom Potter (UK Young drummer of the Year winner) and Ali Watson (In demand London bassist).

‘Commanding’ – The Times (UK)
‘One to watch in 2019’ – Jazzwise (UK)
‘Fast becoming one of the leading lights in Scottish Jazz’ – Tommy Smith

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GEORGIA CECILE

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Thu 20th June at 7:00pm

GEORGIA CECILE

Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing, and selected for the Top-Ten 2019 Jazzwise Magazine ‘Ones To Watch’ list, Scottish Vocalist and Songwriter Georgia Cécile has gained major recognition for her exquisite songwriting and honed vocal delivery.

With sell-out UK festival and club shows, and a flourishing online demand for her music, Cécile has underlined her popularity as an artist who pours pure, raw emotion into her craft.

‘Best Vocalist’ finalist at the 2017 and 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards, and showcased at BBC ‘ Quay Sessions’, Cécile has received acclaim from audiences and critics alike on the strength of her live performance alone. Working towards the release of her debut album in 2019 with award-winning pianist and composer Euan Stevenson, and further tour dates, Georgia Cécile stands at the vanguard of female UK artists.

One To Watch for 2019, the clarity of tone, creativity and ability to sing with genuine emotional depth will take her a long way.” Steve Rubie – Jazzwise Magazine

“A refreshing new voice who delivers with class and style… ” BBC Radio Scotland

“Reaching the top of the Scottish jazz scene”. The Sun

“Cécile is powerful and soulful…” The Scotsman

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LATE NIGHT JAM

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ASTROSNAX

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Thu 20th June at 11:30pm

LATE NIGHT JAM

With ASTROSNAX

A fresh 5 piece band with residency at Lucky 7 present their renditions of party-jazz, funk, hip-hop and soul songs. Their aim is to completely funk you up.

Astrosnax is a band put together by students studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The majority of band members are currently in their second year of study. With the players being regular faces in the Glasgow jazz scene one of their main aims was to share their love for music in their own way.

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Fri 21st June at 11:30pm

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RUBIX

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Thu 20th June at 8:00pm

RUBIX

RUBIX is a 9-piece jazz-fusion collective featuring a cohort of talented Glasgow-based musicians. Built up of a jazz quintet and a string quartet, the group blends jazz with a variety of genres such as folk, drums and bass, funk and more!

The band will open with a set of originals and covers, followed by an open jam. So bring your horns, guitars, kazoos and whatever to take part!

Doors at 8pm for a roughly 8:30 start
Tickets sold at the door: £8 (or £6 with a student card!)

Line up:

Ross Findlay – Keys and compositions
Aidan Lochrin – Bass and composition
David Millar – Drum Kit
Stephen Watson – Alto Sax
Anna Wood – Trumpet
Aimée Laws and Amanda Barbara-Currie – Violin
Katie Holton – Clarinet and Whistle
Michael Strachan – Cello

Swing

Blues Jam

With

Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive

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Thu 20th June at 8:00pm

Blues Jam

With Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive

A special Glasgow Jazz Festival Blues Jam with Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive; hosted by award winning blues vocalist and bassist Charlotte Marshall of 7 piece groove band Charlotte Marshall and the 45’s.

Fraser John Lindsay (guitar), Charlotte Marshall (vocals/bass guitar) and Kenny Robertson (drums)
Join in or just sit back and listen to great musicians and vocalists in Swing’s classic jazz club surroundings.

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Rachel Lightbody & Tom Gibbs

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Thu 20th June at 7:30pm

Rachel Lightbody & Tom Gibbs

BEST BEFORE BED SESSIONS

Featuring Rachel Lightbody & Tom Gibbs

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 her 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.

 Upon attending Strathclyde University’s BA Applied Music course, Rachel became involved in many different styles as well as the thriving and ever changing live music scene in Glasgow. She graduated with a first class honours in 2011 focusing on contemporary and jazz vocal as well as composition. It was at university were she would meet musicians and be exposed to different genres which would inspire her musical movements and enable her voice to grow into a versatile and mature instrument. As well as performing solo Rachel has a busy session-schedule working with artists such as Fat-Suit, Flembot, Alyn Cosker, Siobhan Miller, The Elusive Tree Ensemble and Angus Munro.

As well as a singer, Rachel has also worked extensively as a teacher, focusing mostly in the areas of singing, songwriting and group work. Working with students ranging from all walks of life. “The energy that is created from a room full of people singing together is second to none. I strive to create that energy in my students everyday, in order to release the profound effects music has on us.”

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MULATU ASTATKE

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DJ NICK PEACOCK

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Fri 21st June at 8:00pm

MULATU ASTATKE

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Mulatu Astatke (born 1943) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger best known as the father of Ethio-jazz. Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music and became the first African student to enroll at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music from where he received an honourary degree in 2012. Astatke led his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums—instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian popular music— other percussion instruments, keyboards and organ.

His albums focus primarily on instrumental music, and Astatke appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during Ethiopia’s Golden ’70s. He collaborated with many notable artists in both countries, arranging and playing on recordings by Mahmoud Ahmed, and appearing as a special guest with Duke Ellington during a tour of Ethiopia in 1973. His Western audience expanded even further when the 2005 Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers featured seven of Astatke’s songs. Hip hop artists have also sampled Astatke’s songs extensively, for example in the works of Nas, Damian Marley, Kanye West, Cut Chemist, and Knaan. He toured with US band Either/ Orchestra in 2006 and in 2008 recorded an album with the Heliocentrics and completed a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard University, where he worked on modernizations of traditional Ethiopian instruments and premiered a portion of a new opera, The Yared Opera.

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BILL LAURANCE TRIO

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FERGUS MCCREADIE

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Fri 21st June at 7:30pm

BILL LAURANCE TRIO

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Having establishing himself as an expressive composer and proficient bandleader with his 2014 album Flint, Bill Laurance: a London-based pianist and founding member of the GRAMMY award-winning fusion powerhouse Snarky Puppy, continues to explore an exciting range of sounds and ensemble combinations.

From the technologically-informed solo recordings that comprise his latest LP, Cables (2019,) to last year’s collaboration with the WDR Big Band, his funky and rhythmic quartet work on Aftersun (2016,) and his utilisation of strings and brass for sophomore album Swift (2015) – there are few creative avenues that the industrious musician is yet to explore.

The same enthusiasm that made those projects a success has led to the formation of Laurance’s new trio, featuring Lithuanian-born drummer Marijus Aleksa (Ashley Henry, Joe Armon-Jones, Marijus Aleksa’s Maps) and bassist Jon Harvey (The Cinematic Orchestra, Giorgio Moroder, Jordan Rakei.) Having played their inaugural show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club for the 2018 International Piano Trio Festival, the trio have developed a musical kinship, which has seen new ideas and instrumentation added the sonic palette. They may’ve began rooted in the acoustic, piano trio form, but all three member’s interest in synths, electronics and effects processing has brought a contemporary edge to their work.

The trio recently recorded their first studio project: a forthcoming EP containing brand new material alongside new interpretations of music from Bill’s fifth solo record, Cables. Excerpts of the sessions were streamed live on Laurance’s new YouTube channel, providing unprecedented access to his workflow and studio setup at Morley College, London. Recordings from the trio’s aforementioned debut performance are slated for release this Autumn on Laurance’s own Flint Music label.

Bill Laurance is a champion of cutting-edge keyboard developments, and is endorsed by Moog, Mellotron, Sequential, Korg, Nord, Roli Seaboard, Yamaha, Roland, Arp Odyssey, Keyscape, Sound Brenner, Native Instruments and MXR.

“Spell binding” (Billboard)
“A Jazz Maestro” (The Guardian)

Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young artists. Awarded the Best Instrumentalist Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards aged only 20, he has been gigging frequently around Scotland since his mid-teens. His debut album with his trio, ‘Turas,’ has been praised for ‘reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical tradition while also showing a firm grasp of the Jazz Piano tradition.’ (Jazz In Europe) He is also a member of Graham Costello’s STRATA, described as ‘groovy yet cerebral’ by BBC Radio Scotland, and of the Mark Hendry Octet and the Matthew Carmichael Quartet, both of whom have recently released their debut album. He is also a frequent sideman to electronic artist Werkha, having travelled to Estonia recently to perform with the band. As well as the Best Instrumentalist award, Fergus is a winner of the coveted Peter Wittingham Jazz Award, the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year u17s Prize, the Guy Jones, Joe Temperly and George Duncan prizes from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University. He has also been featured on BBC Radio Scotland regularly over the past 4 years, and has appeared alongside Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Iain Ballamy, Tommy Smith, Kestustis Vaiginis, Pat from Hue and Cry, Mario Caribe, Paul Towndrow and Alyn Cosker

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SARAH-JANE MORRIS

“Sweet Little Mystery”

Tribute to John Martyn

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Fri 21st June at 8:15pm

SARAH-JANE MORRIS

“Sweet Little Mystery” Tribute to John Martyn

Sarah-Jane Morris is Britain’s most influential jazz and R&B singer who topped the UK pop charts for a month in 1986 (with The Communards’ disco version of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’). Morris’s magnificent soul voice and emotional power has garnered praise and admiration worldwide for over 30 years. Inspired by the unwavering belief in the power of song to change hearts and minds, Sarah Jane has always followed her own star. That independence has brought her a loyal audience, devoted to her feisty, independent musical style.

John Martyn was a sublime genius, and an innovative musical talent who sadly died at 60. He produced a canon of music that is both breathtakingly bold and achingly tender in its complex, atmospheric beauty. Martyn’s music influenced a generation of his peers, friends and fans alike. His contribution continues to resonate many years after his passing. He has picked up endless acclaim worldwide from those fortunate enough to be seduced by his unique voice and instrumental mastery; and his music will live forever in the annals of popular music history.

Sarah Jane, through her own brilliant interpretive vocal talents, has picked up this torch to shine a light on this great musical maverick, illuminating his life’s work. As a woman she can demonstrate Martyn’s gifts through filters of her own vocal identity and her commitment to sexual politics which might seem at odds with the dark, pained side of John Martyn – but which, in practice, makes it possible for her to re-invent his art without fear of pastiche.

Tony Remy is one of music’s most exciting guitarists. His relentless invention and incredible raw energy make him the perfect pairing to Sarah Jane’s vocals on this project. He is able to bring a rich, jazz and blues imbibed virtuosity that respects and revives Martyn’s melodies and structures. His hard-edged rhythmically driven approach is enriched with jazz intuition and bluesy soul. The reputation he has gained within the jazz community worldwide is fast making a legend out of this North London musician. He has toured and recorded with a wide range of musicians which include: Courtney Pine, Jason Rebello, Julian Joseph, Freddy Hubbard, Jean Toussaint, Steve Williamson, Lonny Liston Smith, Lenny Whit, Omar, Steps Ahead, Gary Barlow, Simply Red, US3, Cleveland Watkiss, Pee Wee Ellis, Ronny Laws, Nelson Rangell, Connor Reeves, Maysa Leak, Down to the Bone, Matt Bianco, Karen Ramirez, Noel McKoy, Annie Lennox, Craig David, Icognito, M-People and many more.

Tim Cansfield was born in Trinidad. A self-taught musician, this enigmatic and self-effacing genius is the first choice of many recording artists, including Bee Gees, Steve Winwood, Elton John, Heaven 17, Billy Preston, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Seal and many more. He is currently working with Swing Out Sister, Barry Gibb, Kevin Roland and various outfits in and around London.

Sarah Jane is collaborating on “Sweet Little Mystery” with activist / journalist / comedian / writer / director Mark Thomas and filmmaker Rod Morris.

2019 is 10 years since Scottish singer-songwriter John Martyn died at the age of 60 – the age Sarah Jane will be this year. Like John Martyn, Sarah Jane is a singer-song-writer in my own right and one of those touched by his influence and genius. This performance work explores form by moving dynamically between an oratorio format and theatre.

There are challenges in presenting a life which was often troubled, and a personality capable, on the one hand, of exquisite sensibility, on the other of cruelty and dysfunction. But the story of Martyn’s life is inevitably conjoined with his art, which gives Sarah Jane the opportunity to tell that story, using his own words and music.

She has included Martyn’s music in her core repertoire for more than twenty years; has lived in some of the places Martyn lived in; and has played music with some of those who played with Martyn. Sarah Jane believes she can lay claim to Martyn’s artistic culture without pretence or exaggeration.

“…a transcendent mix of cold fury and compassion” THE OBSERVER

“…this is a remarkable album…for its ambition, its sound world, its powerful stories and, at its centre, the breath-taking range and timbral richness of Sarah Jane Morris’s voice..” JAZZWISE

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FERGUS MCCREADIE TRIO

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Fri 21st June at 5:15pm

FERGUS MCCREADIE TRIO

The Fergus McCreadie Trio is one of Scotland’s most exciting groups. Comprised of McCreadie on Piano, David Bowden on Bass and Stephen Henderson on Drums, they have played the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Aberdeen and Islay Jazz Festivals repeatedly, and to much acclaim. The music of the trio blurs the lines between Jazz and Scottish Music. Tunes feature the improvisation and harmony of Jazz, but it is the introduction of Folk melodies and rhythms that make this music so alluring. Influences from Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and Jan Garbarek can be heard, but folk artists such as the Gloaming and Lau also have a strong pull on the sound. The trio have recently released their debut album, ‘Turas’.

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ANIMAL SOCIETY

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Fri 21st June at 10:00pm

ANIMAL SOCIETY

Animal Society is a new sound in UK jazz, somewhere in the void between Rage Against The Machine, Pat Metheny and EST. Ringleader Joe Williamson, guitarist and winner of Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year 2018, presents fiery new music in which cutting-edge jazz, gritty progressive rock, and supercharged indie-pop collide. The 5-piece delivers adrenaline-fuelled performances, shot through with soaring melodies, towering guitar riffs and joyful musical interplay.

Society Members:
Joe Williamson – Guitar/Chief Animal
Alan Benzie – Keys & Synth
Craig McMahon – Keys & Synth
Gus Stirrat – Bass
Graham Costello – Drums

‘’Jazz with a heavy rock edge…a fine line-up!’’ – BBC Radio Scotland

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LOLANDERS

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Fri 21st June at 7:00pm

LOLANDERS

The inspirational new Scottish/Dutch sextet

Six fascinating musical friends and individualists, this first formal Going Dutch collaborative project – which premiered at Celtic Connections, Glasgow on 22 January 2019 – brings Scots saxophonist / piper Fraser Fifield together with Dutch viola maestro Oene van Geel and their chosen instrumentalists – a meeting of minds and sounds that marries the cool invention and wit of Amsterdam and the Netherlands with the passion and traditions of Scotland and the Highlands, with more than a hint of the Asian diaspora. LoLanders are Oene van Geel and Fraser Fifield with Aberdonian Graeme Stephen (guitar) and Glaswegian Sodhi Deerhe (tabla) and Dutch partners Mark Haanstra (bass guitar) and Udo Demandt (percussion).

Keith Bruce’s review in the Herald said of their Glasgow premiere in January:

‘There was groove-aplenty from the LoLanders – no matter whose composition was on the music stand, these experience hands could mine a riff for all it was worth. This was the finest context for Fifield’s talents I have heard, and communication between him and the viola and vocals of Oene Van Geel was the igniting spark, mirrored in Deerhe’s combination with percussionist Udo Demandt, and Stephen’s lick-trading with bassist Mark Haanstra.’

https://www.fraserfifield.com/fraser_fifield_and_graeme_stephen/
http://markoene.nl/
https://www.udodemandt.com/

LoLanders is a JPN/Going Dutch project co-funded by Dutch Performing Arts and Creative Scotland

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LATE NIGHT JAM

With

ORION

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Fri 21st June at 11:30pm

LATE NIGHT JAM

With ORION

Orion are essentially the Glasgow jazz scene’s answer to Take That- a long established local boy-band that, every now and again, decide to get together, a little older yet not much wiser, to entertain literally tens of fans at a time. A collective fuelled almost exclusively by the rawest of sauces, Orion is made up of some of Scotland’s finest young(ish) musicians. They are unhealthily dedicated to bringing you the smelliest Afrobeat-ElectroJazz-DrumNBass-Funk-Fusion-HipHop sounds of artists you’re dad probably doesn’t listen to (unless your dad’s an absolute LEGEND and listens to Sun Ra, Flying Lotus, Jaga Jazzist and Outkast.) Featuring an interstellar line-up consisting of some of the baddest brofos on the planet

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Thu 20th June at 11:30pm

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STEPHEN DUFFY “NANCY’S BOY”

Tribute to Nancy Wilson

FT. EUAN STEVENSON TRIO

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Fri 21st June at 8:00pm

STEPHEN DUFFY “NANCY’S BOY”

Tribute to Nancy Wilson FT. EUAN STEVENSON TRIO

“Nancy’s Boy”

A Tribute to Nancy Wilson – Stephen Duffy and the Euan Stevenson Trio

Nancy Wilson who passed away in December 2018 was a true icon of jazz, a singer who imbued a song with swing, a story and soulful integrity. In a richly illustrated tribute to a great jazz lady, Stephen Duffy, one of Scotland’s most accomplished and respected jazz vocalists, performs arrangements by some of Nancy’s greatest jazz collaborators, including Cannonball Adderly and George Shearing, and injects them with more than a little of his subject’s unrelenting poise. He is, if you’ll pardon the expression… Nancy’s Boy.

GLAD CAFE

RAYMOND MACDONALD

& FRIENDS

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Fri 21st June at 7:30pm

RAYMOND MACDONALD

& FRIENDS

Collaborating with musical luminaries such as Evan Parker, David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke, Damo Suzuki and Marilyn Crispell, saxophonist Raymond MacDonald has produced over 60 recordings and has toured and broadcast worldwide. Tonight, he brings together a genre busting line up of virtuoso performers, to present original work inspired by Muriel Spark, one of Scotland’s most celebrated writers.

Taking Spark’s novels, themes and characters as starting points, and exploring them in compositions, graphic scores and text-based pieces, the music draws the listener into intimate and endlessly engaging spaces. Breezy melodies move into freewheeling collective improvisations with live visuals and electronics provided by Jules Rawlinson.

Expect a showcase of thrilling and expansive music that can move from tear-jerkingly fragile to joyous and celebratory in a heartbeat.

“Mighty and glorious. Music this articulate is rare in any style of music” Jazzwise

“Exhilarating music. it eliminates the boundaries not just between composition and improvisation but between cultures and idioms.” Sydney Morning Herald

Stuart Brown – drums
Nicola MacDonald– voice
Raymond MacDonald – saxophones
Gerry Rossi – Keyboards
Jules Rawlinson – electronics and graphics
Gaeme Wilson – saxophone
Emma Smith – bass

Hug & Pint

Skinny Pelembe

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Fri 21st June at 7:30pm

Skinny Pelembe

Skinny Pelembe is a multi-talented wonder, born in Johannesburg and raised in Doncaster, who crafts patchworks of personal and musical touchstones. First debuting in 2017, he’s honed a distinctive musical style; memories and observations are weaved together, sun-dazzled California folk diced with the murkier corners of the UK dance lineage. He celebrates flawed, post-recession Britain, exalting the UK in all of its imperfect, contradictory realities.

Releasing debut album “Dreaming Is Dead Now” in May 2019, he’s been tipped by The Observer, The Quietus and Huck. Singles “I Just Wanna Be Your Prisoner” and “Spit / Swallow” were both picked for BBC 6 Music’s A-List. He’s guested with Lauren Laverne, Mary Ann Hobbes and Tom Ravenscroft on 6 Music, with Jamz Supernova on BBC 1xtra, and recorded live sessions for The Vinyl Factory and Worldwide FM. He sold out a headline UK tour last year, was booked for 6 Music’s 2018 showcase at The Great Escape, and has supported Nightmares on Wax and Maribou State.

It was Future Bubblers, a Gilles Peterson- and Brownswood-founded, Arts Council-supported programme for unsigned artists, that provided Skinny with an important early launchpad. His track ‘Should You Go’, for instance, first self-released on his 2017 “Seven Year Curse” EP, was included on Gilles Peterson’s iconic Brownswood Bubblers series. It also sparked connections with other artists on Future Bubblers, such as Yazmin Lacey, who had been picked for the scheme in the previous year. The pair performed together at the 2018 edition of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards, and Lacey featured on Skinny’s “Sleep More, Make More Friends” EP later that year.

His music has spurred new connections and garnered him attention from artists he’s long admired, such as legendary producer and label boss James Lavelle (Mo’Wax), who tapped him up earlier this year, asking him to open for UNKLE at the Royal Festival Hall. The album is co-produced by Malcolm Catto (The Heliocentrics), and the producer’s connection to the LA hip-hop world saw Skinny’s musical hero and iconic beatmaker Madlib drop by the studio during sessions for the record, while on the single “Dreaming Is Dead Now”, Skinny worked with a duo of foundational drum & bass producers – working under the covert alias of The Bleeding Edge – who he’s long looked up to. “When you have all these people that you hold in such high regard wanting to talk to you,” he says, “you’re kind of like, ‘Yeah, maybe I can add something to the conversation.’”

Growing up in Doncaster, he had moved there as a three-year-old from Johannesburg, where apartheid South Africa had driven his parents – a mixed race couple – to find somewhere else to live. His varied approach to his influences started early on. His two older brothers were heavily into hip-hop, while he would also absorb the West Coast folk and country music played by his dad. The former has always influenced the way he thinks about his lyrics. “It’s just trying to be so transparent that when you hear it,” he says, “you don’t feel like there’s any pretense or thought or over-deliberation.” The latter, meanwhile, has continued to inform the way he writes songs, balancing out his tracks’ tougher moments with three-part harmonies, calling back to the spirit of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

He threw himself into the pockets of creativity he could find in his Yorkshire hometown, such as the Higher Rhythm studio (where much of “Dreaming Is Dead Now” was recorded), where he would started going to record music when he was 16. Its owner, Steven Mundin, would give him and his friends free recording time, and put them onto music, tipping him off to old funk, Gil Scott-Heron and Gilles Peterson’s radio show. Other reference points have come through chance encounters. It was a meeting at Leeds train station, where he was a student at the time, which led to the offer of a job in a boutique clothes store, where he was introduced to psych and experimental guitar bands he’d not heard before, and which saw him going over to Liverpool Psych Fest each year with his workmates.

The references for the artwork for “Dreaming Is Dead Now” speak to the diverse palette of influences which have always underlaid his approach, nodding to two of his favourite albums, Alice Coltrane’s “Journey to Satchidananda” and The White Stripes’ “White Blood Cells”. The album sees all of these different markers melded into something altogether new. Bright stitches of colour are threaded through dark-hued, heavyweight material, luminous guitar riffs slicing through tough, tight-programmed drum beats, much of it washed over with feedback and layers of reverb.

On “Dreaming Is Dead Now”, Skinny underscores his distinctive position as an artist. It’s a rare kind of debut record – the kind where the messy, in-between musical spaces are given space to shine, where hitherto untapped tangents are unfurled to see what might be found inside.

SUB CLUB

ERA SUITE

Music Of Fela Kuti

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Fri 21st June at 7:00pm

ERA SUITE

Music Of Fela Kuti

Era Suite & Sub Club present: Music Of Fela Kuti

An evening celebrating the music of the legendary Fela Kuti.

The Kalakuta Show will be playing live, covering Fela’s music and more.

On the turnbables, Rebecca Vasmant, Astrojazz / Maveen & Crammond on the night will be digging out all of the best afrobeat from their collections.

THE OLD FRUITMARKET

RUBY TURNER

Plus

Luca Manning & Fergus McCreadie

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Sat 22nd June at 7:00pm

RUBY TURNER

Plus Luca Manning & Fergus McCreadie

For many years Ruby Turner has been regarded as having one of the greatest voices the UK has ever produced. Ruby can breathe life and meaning into a song whether it is a passionate soaring ballad or a soulful up-tempo groove. Her career to date has been sensational with major tours, film, TV and theatre appearances.

Born in Jamaica, Ruby moved to England when she was nine and her major break came when she was taken under the wings of British blues legend, the late Alexis Korner.

Her first album, “Women Hold Up Half The Sky” was released to critical acclaim in 1986. This period spawned the hits ‘If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” and ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ and, in the American R’n’B chart, the number 1 hit single ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ – one of less than ten British records to achieve this! Later she released the hit album ‘The Motown Songbook’ on which she performed with some of the great stars of that era – The Four Tops, The Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin etc. From this album she also released the smash single ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’.

In 2009 Ruby released “I’m Travelling On” – a brand new album of vintage gospel with the single “This Train” receiving a considerable amount of radio airplay. In the summer of 2014 Ruby released her latest album, “All That I Am”.

On 4th December 2015, East West Records (Warner Music) released a new album of 22 classic collaborations of Ruby Turner & Jools Holland, entitled “Jools & Ruby”.

During the spring and summer of 2019, Ruby will be touring the U.K. with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra before going out on the road again in the U.K. with her own band in September & October 2019, prior to touring again with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra in the U.K. and Ireland from late October until Christmas 2019.

A very prolific songwriter, many of Ruby’s songs have been covered by artists such as Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest, while her vocal prowess has been employed to good effect by Brian Ferry, Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood, and Jools Holland.

Described as truly the genuine article and blessed with a voice that has been likened to Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin, Ruby continues to win the hearts and minds of an ever growing and diverse fan base.

Support comes from Luca Manning & Fergus McCreadie.

Luca Manning (Voice) and Fergus McCreadie (Piano) are two of Scotland’s rising jazz talens. Both have successful careers, playing many prestigious venues and festivals around the U.K such as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, leading their own projects. Following the performance opening for Georgie Fame at last year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival, Luca and Fergus have enjoyed exploring more music as a duo and plan to record together in 2019. This musical partnership can be described as : spontaneous, honest and draws on an eclectic range of influences and musical traditions.

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JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET

Plus

The Lance Vance Dance

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Sat 22nd June at 7:30pm

JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET

Plus The Lance Vance Dance

James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25 years; still famed for its upbeat, energetic live shows… with no sign of slowing down. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British live musical history today.

After the collapse of mod legends The Prisoners in the 1980s, and before moving to Sweden, James recorded some demos with brother David on guitar, the bass player from The Prisoners, and a drummer from down the road… and thus The James Taylor Quartet was born. From tiny acorns mighty oaks do indeed grow, and it wasn’t long before the first single, Blow Up, had been released, the band were in the studio rehearsing for the Mission Impossible EP, gigs were booked, and the late great John Peel was offering a session.

Skip forward 25 years and JTQ has evolved into one of the most exciting and well respected touring bands in the UK. With numerous albums to its name, the band’s recorded output is not to be scoffed at. ‘Prolific’ is an understatement, with albums touching genres as diverse as jazz, funk, soul, rock, and even rap, not to mention a handful of library albums in between. Each album is an absolute must for any Hammond fan: James’ playing providing a solid and accomplished lead as always. Live, the band is explosive, with a breathtaking, diverse unmatched back catalogue.

JTQ’s fired-up signature tune, The Theme from Starsky and Hutch, cemented its reputation as master of the jazz-funk-r’n’b workout; 60s spy themes, psychedelic and free-form jazz all added something to the band’s distinctive sound. Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, James Taylor formed his own quartet, and began playing music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk then in vogue around London. By the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid jazz, and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene. The first single, Blow-Up, was released on the Re Elect The President label, a precursor to Acid Jazz. The band’s debut album, Mission Impossible, was released the following year, predominantly consisting of covers of 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs Robinson and Goldfinger. In the early 1990s, the single Love The Life reached the Top 40, and the accompanying album, Supernatural Feeling, settled in the Top 30 UK charts. After releases on Polydor and Big Life Records, JTQ returned to Acid Jazz, and In The Hand of The Inevitable remains the label’s biggest selling album to date.

In 1997 James had the chance to fulfil a dream when he was asked to score the theme tune to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the spy spoof starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley. JTQ’s Whole Lotta Live album was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998, and the following year James featured on Tom Jones’ duets album, Reload. James’ musical talent has been admired by numerous other acts: The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2 have all featured James and his distinctive Hammond sound on their albums.

James Taylor is the best Hammond player this side of the Atlantic
Craig Charles BBC6 FUNK AND SOUL SHOW

James Taylor… one of the all-time great Hammond players
Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers, NME

Never less than an impressive demonstration of virtuosity
Andrew Mueller, Uncut

James Taylor keeps it swinging, fun and unpretentious
Andy Robson, Jazzwise

Support comes from The Lance Vance Dance (DJ set)

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BRIAN KELLOCK & JOHN BURGESS

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Sat 22nd June at 7:30pm

BRIAN KELLOCK & JOHN BURGESS

Brian Kellock and John Burgess are two of Scotland’s best loved jazz musicians who have played together in a host of jazz and blues bands over the years but here they step out together for their first time as a duo to play the music closest to their hearts, the swinging melodies of Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and Hoagy Carmichael.

Brian Kellock is one of the UK’s finest and most in-demand jazz pianists, acclaimed for a distinctive, swinging, playing style which has classic jazz piano influences at its heart but can never be second-guessed.

For almost three decades, Edinburgh-born Kellock – who has led his own, hugely popular, trio since the late 1980s – has been the first-call pianist for visiting American jazz musicians who appreciate his swinging style, his skills as a sensitive accompanist, his spontaneity and his sense of humour. Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, Joe Temperley, Ken Peplowski, Herb Geller and Red Rodney are some of the diverse musicians with whom he’s played.

In recent years, he has headlined numerous concerts, recordings and tours with the SNJO, cemented links in Australia with trumpeter James Morrison, and in Denmark has appeared annually at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.

His love of playing in a duo has resulted in regular tours with Tommy Smith, and celebrated recordings and concerts with Julian Arguelles, Liane Carroll, Carol Kidd and Sheila Jordan.

Kellock’s many accolades include Best CD 2002 and Best Instrumentalist 2003 at the BBC Jazz Awards; Creative Scotland Award 2003, Herald Angel Award 2003 and Jazz Musician of the Year 2011 at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

His next recording will be a solo piano project due for release Spring 2019.

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THEON CROSS

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Sat 22nd June at 10:30pm

THEON CROSS

Theon Cross is a London based Tuba player/composer and is one of the most unique instrumentalists of the city’s jazz scene. He has made a name for himself for providing his own brand of swaggering tuba bass in jazz and various other styles of music. Most significantly in the award winning four-piece Sons of Kemet. He has also worked with a range of other well known musicians including Moses Boyd, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Pharoahe Monch and Kano.

In addition to his work in these projects he skilfully leads his own powerful and eclectic group exploring the diverse range of musical sounds of London through his compositions. His debut release ‘Aspirations EP’ was one of the most impactful of 2015 putting him up for two nominations for Best Instrumentalist of the year (Jazz FM Awards 2016) and Best Jazz Newcomer (Parliamentary Awards 2016).

“Incredible!”– Gilles Peterson
“Theon Cross crucially embraces the bass and rhythm role with exuberant inventiveness”– The Guardian
“The Londoner has brought a unique and funky style to the tuba”– Machozapp.com
“Theon Cross plays the tuba as if it’s a Roland 303, generating deep, Flubber-like bass lines as well as wild squalls, percussive pops and dubstep bwaps”– The Quietus

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UNDER THE SURFACE

FT. JOOST LIJBAART

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Sat 22nd June at 7:00pm

UNDER THE SURFACE

FT. JOOST LIJBAART

Under the Surface is a new Dutch band formed by Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart (known for his work with Yuri Honing), guitarist Bram Stadhouders (known from his work with the Netherlands chamber choir, Jim Black, Sidsel Endersen) and vocalist Sanne Rambags (winner conservatory talent award 2017).  The trio met in 2015 as an initiative of the Dutch foundation Beaux Jazz. This foundation offers young talents artistic support.

For this first edition of ‘Generation Next’, the young singer Sanne Rambags come up with an adventurous group together with guitarist Bram Stadhouders and drummer Joost Lijbaart.
Their debut album was released in March 2017 on the Dutch label Challenge Records and got great reviews. The universal language in their music brought the group to major festivals in Mali, Mexico, China, Norway, India and the Netherlands.

Drummer Joost Lijbaart (Amsterdam 1967) belongs to the top of the Dutch jazz scene, Bram Stadhouders (Tilburg 1987) is one of the most promising new young musicians in the European improvisation circuit and he received many awards and Sanne Rambags (Tilburg 1994) is one of the few singers of her generation who is able to improvise in a very open way, sometimes with self-written texts and poems, sometimes by positioning herself completely between the musicians.  This gives her voice an instrumental function which is beautifully in line with the open group sound and the playing of Lijbaart and Stadhouders.

Under the Surface is a unique trio of three musicians from different generations who have found each other in a common urge to search for space and silence through improvisation.

A mysterious and monumental piece of art (Rinus van der Heyden – Jazznu)

PLANETARIUM

Herschel 36

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Sat 22nd June at 7:00pm

Herschel 36

Herschel 36 Album Launch and Live Silent Film Score Performance
Wunder Der Schöpfung (The Wonder Of Creation, 1925)

Electronic duo Herschel 36 launch their new album, Astrophysik, with a live performance of their critically acclaimed electronic soundtrack to the extraordinary 1925 German silent film, Wunder Der Schöpfung, in the unique setting of Glasgow Science Centre’s planetarium. Part documentary and part fantasy, the film offers a unique insight into human knowledge about the world and the universe in the 1920’s and has been given a new lease of life by the addition of this modern score which combines dark, improvised electronic soundscapes with live drumming, spiralling synth melodies and intense musical spontaneity. The score was originally commissioned by Hippfest Festival of Silent Cinema in 2016 with funding from Film Hub Scotland and the album was recorded over several live performances during their UK tour the same year.

Herschel 36 is Stuart Brown (drums/electronics) and Paul Harrison (keyboards/electronics)

“Their score was one of the best musical accompaniments I’ve heard. Their supremely confident but loose score fitted the film beautifully, helping to create the right sense of scale and forward motion.” 
 BFI Sight and Sound magazine

Thrilling. A bold but beautifully judged reappraisal of a ground-breaking movie.” The Scotsman *****

Just stunning… And the electronic score by duo Herschel 36 was superb.” Silent Film Calendar

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Kristine Praulina

& The Soulful Crew

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Sat 22nd June at 2:30pm

Kristine Praulina

& The Soulful Crew

Kristine is the top soul singer from Latvia, with background in gospel music (currently leading Riga Gospel choir) and jazz (Riga Jazz Stage 2014 Gran Prix). Kristine Praulina & The Soulful Crew performs original music in the styles of soul, jazz, blues, bluegrass. The band released its debut EP “A Warmer October” in October of 2018.

The band:
Kristine Praulina – Vocals
Toms Mikals – Keyboards
Janis Kalnins – Guitar
Valters Sprudzs – Bass guitar
Kaspars Kurdek – Drums

Swing

The Old World News

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Sat 22nd June at 10:30pm

The Old World News

Six piece Swing band, The Old World News perform jazz standards and modern pop in their own swinging vintage style.

The band is comprised of vocalists Ciadhra McGuire and Sally Swanson. Guitarists Calum McCann and Iain McNally. Uri Stav on bass and Tom MacNiven on trumpet.

Their previous experience includes tour dates with Jools Holland, 10cc, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Hue & Cry and performances at Glastonbury.

The Old World News guarantee that you’ll tap your toes and get up on the Swing dance floor to their blend of swing jazz and blues.

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Nimbus Sextet

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Sat 22nd June at 7:30pm

Nimbus Sextet

‘Beautiful new music’ – Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, Worldwide FM

The brainchild of keys/harmonica player Joe Nichols, Scottish contemporary jazz six-piece Nimbus Sextet have gained attention for their organic blend of jazz, hip-hop and world music elements & their infectious approach to melody and groove. Fresh from supporting Gilles Peterson and their debut single ‘Seance’ being championed by Worldwide FM’s Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy in 2018, Nimbus Sextet make their Glasgow Jazz Festival debut in what is fast becoming a very exciting 2019 for the band.

Featuring some of the most creative players from the Glasgow and Edinburgh scenes, Nimbus Sextet are a contemporary jazz group playing original music that spans the jazz & world music spectrum. Marrying Afro-Cuban, West African & Balkan influences with post-bop and hip-hop, their music channels a unique rhythmic energy and interlaces this with rich melodic ideas and captivating improvisation.

Joe Nichols (Keys, Piano & Harmonica) Mischa Stevens (Bass)
Martin Fell (Alto & Soprano Sax, Clarinet) Alex Palmer (Drums)
Euan Allardice (Trumpet) Manuel Brazuna (Guitar)

Swing

Marianne McGregor Quartet

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Sat 22nd June at 7:00pm

Marianne McGregor Quartet

Marianne McGregor is a Scottish/Canadian jazz singer living in Glasgow. Growing up in Orkney to a musical family, Marianne found influence in listening to the great jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald from a young age and, became obsessed with singing jazz and improvising.

Noticed for her unique use of tone and meaningful delivery, Marianne has been immersed in live performance in Scotland since moving to Glasgow to continue her studies. Although still early in her career, the singer has been recognised by winning the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2017, performing at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival’s Ice House Jazz Stage and supporting Hayley Tuck last year at Glasgow Jazz Festival.

Taking influence from the great jazz singers of the past and merging her style with contemporary music. Noted for her use of phrasing, tone and playful scat soloing. Marianne is now working towards releasing her debut album of original songs.

The Quartet will perform an authentic evening of old jazz meeting contemporary styles. A mix of Marianne’s original songs from her upcoming album and some of her favourite standards.

ST LUKES

Fionna Duncan

With

Brian Kellock & The Bevvy Sisters

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Sun 23rd June at 7:00pm

Fionna Duncan

With Brian Kellock & The Bevvy Sisters

Fionna Duncan is the matriarch of Scotland’s jazz singers – most of whom graduated from her vocal workshops at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, including all of The Bevvy Sisters! The Bevvy Sisters are one of Scotland’s leading close-part harmony groups – equally comfortable in the worlds of Jazz, Americana and Blues.

In her 80th year, this special concert honours Fionna’s massive contribution to Scottish Jazz singing. Sets by The Bevvy Sisters and Fionna (with her favourite pianist Brian Kellock) will end with an unmissable group finale featuring a specially created pop-up choir – which YOU COULD BE PART OF! Witness a true master of her craft at work in a programme of stunning harmonies and raw emotion.

‘The Bevvy Sisters are three students from various years who took part in my Jazz course – all in one band! They’ve made me doubly proud by organising this concert and giving me the honour to headline in my own City (Glasgow) in my 80th year. All of us, still learning, still singing, still swinging!’ Fionna Duncan 2019

Brian Kellock is one of the UK’s finest and most in-demand jazz pianists, acclaimed for a distinctive, swinging, playing style which has classic jazz piano influences at its heart but can never be second-guessed.

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Sun 23rd June at 2:15pm

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Vocal Workshop

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The Bevvy Sisters & Fionna Duncan

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Sun 23rd June at 2:15pm

Vocal Workshop

With The Bevvy Sisters & Fionna Duncan

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The Bevvy Sisters, famous for their vocal harmonies, in the last year have enjoyed working with community choirs across the country and have left two new choirs in their wake. Glasgow Jazz Festival presents an incredible opportunity inviting singers and community choirs of any experience to join them and the legendary Scottish ‘Mammy of Jazz Singers’ Fionna Duncan as part of their Festival gig celebrating her 80th year the same evening.

Sign up for a fun afternoon workshop to learn a couple of songs, observe a masterclass in vocal jazz whilst they perform their own sets, then JOIN THEM ON STAGE!

In celebration of the continuing legacy of teaching supported by the festival where Fionna’s Jazz Vocal Workshops were launched 20 years ago and which each of The Bevvy Sisters have attended.

THE BLUE ARROW

MADISON MCFERRIN

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Sun 23rd June at 7:00pm

MADISON MCFERRIN

An “understated, compelling testament to the power and dexterity of the human voice.” – Pitchfork, May 2018

Madison McFerrin is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. In December 2016, her solo debut EP, Finding Foundations: Vol. I, introduced her soulful take on a cappella to the world. Critics and crowds quickly took note. Leading up to her sold out show at Joe’s Pub, the New York Times remarked how her sound “shows wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata.” After one listen, tastemaking DJ, Gilles Peterson, snatched up her standout track, “No Time to Lose,” for his Brownswood Bubblers compilation. She followed that up with this February’s release of Finding Foundations: Vol. II, which gave her listeners more of what they love and earned her more critical praise. Most noteworthy is a recent Rising profile, where Pitchfork highlighted how Madison’s style offers an “understated, compelling testament to the power and dexterity of the human voice.” As she continues her artistic journey, she’s eager to use her gift to spread love and positivity.

Madison bears the torch of three generations of vocal pioneers. As the LA Weekly noted, she employs her jazz virtuoso father, Bobby McFerrin’s vocal techniques “to more soulful ends.” Her use of electronic music stylings reflects the influence of her brother, Brainfeeder producer, Taylor McFerrin. However, her collage of artistic inspiration that includes the Beatles, Radiohead, Hiatus Kaiyote, Stevie Wonder and Jill Scott emerge in her multilayered lyrics that rest in a bed of harmonies uniquely her own. She honed her performance chops on world tours with her father’s band, SpiritYouAll, that includes dynamic, multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato. Prior to launching her solo career, Madison co-founded the funk band, Cosmodrome, while completing her studies at Berklee College of Music.

Madison delves into the core of these influences on Finding Foundations Vol. II. The EP features a live recording of “Can You See,” a track that was 1 of 4 selected finalists among thousands of entries in the NPR Tiny Desk Contest in spring of 2017. Drawing inspiration from Erykah Badu to Nina Simone, Madison offers a soulful meditation on the painful legacy of police brutality in the United States. She balances out the mood of FF: Vol. II with reminders to tap into your inner light and make time for romance.

With her latest release, Madison intends to explore more ways to create experiences that engage and empower her community. As a female, independent artist of color, she sees this as vitally important to her practice.

THE BLUE ARROW

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

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DJ Rebecca Vasmant

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Sun 23rd June at 10:00pm

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

Plus DJ Rebecca Vasmant

Repped by Gilles Peterson, RBMA, Sounds of The Universe and many more, rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray wears many musical hats. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet. Recent solo release Ley Lines on The Vinyl Factory follows Emma-Jean’s acclaimed Walrus EP and maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the business.

Plus support from Rebecca Vasmant​ (DJ set)

“UK jazz prodigy” – i-D
“really, really good!” – Gilles Peterson
“one of the UK’s most exciting new jazz artists” – RBMA
“Emma-Jean Thackray has been making waves” – FACTmag
“one of the young and new promises on the rise” – DJ Mag [ES]
“supremely talented… the sound of South London” – Sounds Of The Universe

GLASGOW UNIVERSITY UNION

JON RITCHIE

& THAT SWING SENSATION

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Sun 23rd June at 7:30pm

JON RITCHIE

& THAT SWING SENSATION

Jon Ritchie & That Swing Sensation return to their regular dance venue for another night of strictly fun dancing.

Dust off those dancing shoes for a great night of social dancing as you lindy, jive, quickstep, foxtrot and waltz the night away or just sit back and listen to swing and big band classics made famous by the likes of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and the Rat Pack from the 14 piece dance band that has produced the music for three Guinness World Record events and sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

“…an event that will have fans of all ages dancing the night away…”
” That Swing Sensation are first and foremost a nostalgia trip, and it’s an act they play well.”
( Three Weeks)

Hug & Pint

LUNIR

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Sun 23rd June at 7:30pm

LUNIR

Featuring multi-instrumentalists Becky Sikasa (vocals, keys, guitar, looping) and David Scobie (drums, vocals, synths), LUNIR fuse acrobatic vocals, live looping, one-handed drumming and a genre-hopping sonic palette to create a kaleidoscopic hybrid of colour and soul. Since their release of their debut EP Flux in 2016, they have sold out shows and toured across the UK and Germany, performing for the BBC, Sofar Sounds, various European festivals, and have received airplay on BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio and M94.5. They released their latest track Wadidi – ‘an undeniably slick slice of forward-thinking musicality that defes genre’ – in late 2018, as a glimpse of new material coming this year.

ROST

GLASGOW IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA

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Sun 23rd June at 7:30pm

GLASGOW IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA

A Madman’s Approach to Music – Lindsay L. Cooper

GIO is delighted to welcome two towering figures of improvisation – Maggie Nicols and Joëlle Léandre – to celebrate the life and music of Scottish bassist Lindsay L. Cooper as we release a new CD based on his poem, A Madman’s Approach to Music. World renowned, charismatic and virtuosic, Maggie Nicols and Joëlle Léandre have been at the forefront of the international improvisation scene for over 40 years. Nicols, a founding member of The Feminist Improvising Group (FIG) in the 1970s and Léandre, a founding member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG), also play together as part of the iconoclastic trio Les Diaboliques. The new CD features evocative soundworlds combining with spoken, sung and muttered words from vocalists Tam Dean Burn, Cliona Cassidy and Maggie Nicols. The first half of the concert will include small groups featuring Nicols/Léandre while the second half will present a full-scale GIO performance of A Madman’s Approach to Music.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra is a large improvising ensemble of approx 20 musicians from diverse artistic backgrounds ranging from free improvisation, jazz, classical, folk, pop, experimental musics and performance art. Since its inaugural project in 2002 the Orchestra has established an international reputation and garnered critical acclaim for its innovative projects and its exploration of improvised music. A host of collaborations with world renowned improvisers and other ensembles have expanded the band’s artistic horizons and given rise to musical connections throughout the world. To date they have released eight CDs. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra perform in venues around the UK and Europe and have now established their own annual festival in Glasgow which provides a platform for improvising musicians and artists. Alongside their composing, recording and performing activities they are committed to an ongoing programme of education and outreach activities including workshops, lectures and master classes.

“One of the best large improvising ensembles in the world” BBC Jazz on 3

“alive with the intimate ebb-and-flow that marks the best examples of the form” The Independent

HOUSE FOR AN ART LOVER

JOE WILLIAMSON & LUCA MANNING

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FERGUS MCCREADIE

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Sun 23rd June at 1:45pm

JOE WILLIAMSON & LUCA MANNING

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Luca Manning (Voice) and Joe Williamson (Guitar) have a long running musical friendship. Joe (Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year 2018) and Luca (Rising Star winner at the 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards) both have established careers and met working with various ensembles through the busy Scottish Jazz Scene. They started playing duo a few years ago and soon found they enjoyed working together. This duo often takes well-loved jazz repertoire and aims to find a way to make it unique and new. Joe’s multi-genre approach to his instrument coupled with Luca’s love for improvising makes for a distinct and exciting sound. The duo were featured on a special edition of “Jazz Nights at the Quay” in partnership with BBC Introducing in 2017 and also played at Islay Jazz Festival 2018.

Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young artists. Awarded the Best Instrumentalist Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards aged only 20, he has been gigging frequently around Scotland since his mid-teens. His debut album with his trio, ‘Turas,’ has been praised for ‘reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical tradition while also showing a firm grasp of the Jazz Piano tradition.’ (Jazz In Europe) He is also a member of Graham Costello’s STRATA, described as ‘groovy yet cerebral’ by BBC Radio Scotland, and of the Mark Hendry Octet and the Matthew Carmichael Quartet, both of whom have recently released their debut album. He is also a frequent sideman to electronic artist Werkha, having travelled to Estonia recently to perform with the band. As well as the Best Instrumentalist award, Fergus is a winner of the coveted Peter Wittingham Jazz Award, the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year u17s Prize, the Guy Jones, Joe Temperly and George Duncan prizes from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University. He has also been featured on BBC Radio Scotland regularly over the past 4 years, and has appeared alongside Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Iain Ballamy, Tommy Smith, Kestustis Vaiginis, Pat from Hue and Cry, Mario Caribe, Paul Towndrow and Alyn Cosker.

THE OLD FRUITMARKET

Big Band Festival

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Sun 23rd June at 12:00pm

Big Band Festival

Scotland’s only Big Band Festival returns in 2019! For the 7th year running we will be showcasing some of the West of Scotland’s best big bands, as part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

For the first time we have FIVE Big Bands participating: the Zig Zag Big Band, the Byres Road Big Band, the Berrie Big Band, the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra and the East Dunbartonshire Schools’ Jazz Orchestra shall all feature.

This year our hosts shall be one of Glasgow’s best loved live venues – The Old Fruitmarket.

From early big band swing to contemporary pieces, including premieres written and arranged by local Scottish composers.

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