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Mackintosh Church

ĐÀN ĐÓ

featuring

Tom Bancroft, Ali Levack & James Mackay

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Wed 19th June at 7:00pm

ĐÀN ĐÓ

featuring Tom Bancroft, Ali Levack & James Mackay

Đàn Đó featuring Tom Bancroft, Ali Levack & James Mackay.  Unfortunately Sue McKenzie is no longer performing at this show.

Made possible with support from British Council.

Please note that this show has a mix of floor and standard unreserved seating.

“JAZZ-BẢN ĐỊA” (Indigenous Jazz) is a concept about a music genre, a style seemingly shaped by the serendipitous encounter between the Jazz saxophonist Quyền Thiện Đắc and the creative group of musicians Đàn Đó. The journey with jazz music of Jazz saxophonist Quyen Thien Dac influenced by his family’s traditional musical background. His musical path involved persistent study and research abroad. After graduating from the Hanoi Conservatory of Music, he earned a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in the United States, followed by a master’s degree at Malmo University in Sweden. His return to Vietnam brought a foundation of Western knowledge along with ambitious thoughts about paving the way for a jazz style with the spirit of Vietnamese soul.

Đàn Đó will be collaborating with 3 Scottish musicians for this unique concert as the culmination of a week-long residency in the Highlands:

Tom Bancroft – drums
Ali Levack – whistle/pipes
James Mackay – guitar

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7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm start time
Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

 

 

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Norman Willmore & Corrie Dick plus support from Juliette Lemoine & Chris Amer

Norman&Corrie, the Scottish musical duo, have swiftly built a reputation for delivering captivating concerts filled with spontaneity, heart, and an extraordinary connection that defies their youth. Their performances consistently leave audiences feeling uplifted and inspired. These two musicians are dedicated to breathing new life into ancient melodies for the contemporary world. With deep respect for their shared heritage, they bridge the gap between tradition and innovation, infusing ancestral melodies with modern production techniques and instruments.

Their unique setup, featuring a drum kit, saxophone, and organ foot pedals, combined with expert sound design, results in music that’s both vibrant and firmly rooted. Norman and Corrie are immersed in the folk and jazz scene, Corrie performing with Dinosaur, Jacob Collier, and Rob Luft, and Norman working with The Peatbog Faeries and Beth Orton. Together, they bring to life a project that reflects their shared Scottish identity. As ECM recording artist Huw Warren notes: “Their sound is enticing and thoughtfully matches the content, offering a new form from separate musical styles.”

While challenging traditional notions of folk music, Norman&Corrie hold dear the qualities that have made this genre timeless: honesty, resilience, and a deep connection to life’s stories. With diverse backgrounds and a spirit of exploration, their performances transport listeners to a time when life moved at a slower, more deliberate pace, using drones, ancestral melodies, and field recordings to create an immersive experience. In a significant milestone, they’ve received support from Creative Scotland to establish a residence in Shetland, where they’ll learn from tradition-bearers and explore archives of scores and recordings. This creative journey will be documented, leading to the release of their debut album and a companion documentary in 2024.

Martin Green (Lau) – “It is a rare and wonderful thing to encounter genuinely original music, the salt-bite of the North Isles is thrust head-first into a brave new experimental world. Here we have two musicians transcending both jazz and folk; utterly in control, and creating a singular voice like no other”

Adrian Utley (Portishead) – ‘Thank you Norman and Corrie for these beautiful interpretations. You are so authentic and speak of old music but are genuinely contemporary to my ears. Powerful and assured.

Ruth Goller (Melt Yourself Down, Sam Amidon) -“Waking up in cold rainy Helsinki this morning, listening to this music, I felt loved, warm and connected to the world around me, although finding myself in foreign lands. I love the soft sounds embracing me. The folky meldies take me back to my second home, the fields where I walk everyday and look over the horizons. The drones allow me time to be, to think and not to rush to whatever is coming next, then rhythms remind me to carry on with my head high and to think positive. Today I will be the best human i can.”

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MICHELLE WILLIS TRIO

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MICHELLE WILLIS TRIO

“Close your eyes when Michelle Willis sings and you might feel like you are at the Brill Building in the early ’60s when Carole King ran the show with her prolific pop melodies. Yet this singer-songwriter also has a modern flair that plays along with the spirited jams of Lake Street Dive and the hearty roots of Tedeschi Trucks Band.” —Glide Magazine

British-born, Canadian-raised Michelle Willis is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who amassed an impressive resume touring and recording with legendary songwriters David Crosby and Michael McDonald, and jazz / funk / pop trailblazers Becca Stevens and Snarky Puppy, among others.

“One of my favourite singers ever” – David Crosby

Michelle will be joined by Mario Caribé on bass and Calum McIntyre on drums and percussion.

Sounds like: Joni Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt

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The Hug and Pint Presents Black Umfolosi

Black Umfolosi is a wholly owned indigenous Zimbabwean Company formed and registered by citizens from diverse backgrounds of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe for the purpose of participating in the country’s economic growth. Black Umfolosi Productions (Pvt) Ltd aims at growth from a small and medium enterprise to a corporate level. The idea of Black Umfolosi came about in 1982 when a group of school mates started improvising their own means of entertainment, while at a ZIMFEP Institute. With a gentleness of spirit, a joy of singing and exuberance in dance, Black Umfolosi has touched audiences of all ages locally and internationally since then, and hence having done sixteen recordings. Black Umfolosi Productions (Pvt) Ltd is equipped with the capacity to achieve vertical growth, take part in Global economy ownership, and competitively handle international deals.

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MAMA TERRA

HEAD HUNTERS

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HEAD HUNTERS

MAMA TERRA “HEAD HUNTERS”

MAMA TERRA is the new Scottish Jazz/Soul ensemble from the minds of Marco Cafolla (keys/piano) & Konrad Wisniewski (saxophone). Drawing from an inner journey of discovery, their upcoming album on the legendary Acid Jazz Records is a Jazz/Soul roots based record with influences from John Coltrane, Nina Simone, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis to Kamasi Washington, Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper. They have already been championed by Jazz FM (playlisting debut single ‘Ruptura’ for six consecutive weeks and counting) and BBC Radio Scotland, all of which lead to Mama Terra signing with Acid Jazz.

Mama Terra recreate songs from the classic album ‘Head Hunters’ by Herbie Hancock, in their own sound, that they first performed live to great acclaim for Jazz FM as part of their classic album series to celebrate the album turning 50 years old. This is accompanied by a set of Mama Terra’s original music from their debut album ‘The Summoned’.

“Bursts with zeal and vigour.” ★★★★ MOJO

“These guys have tapped into that New York Spiritual Jazz of the 60’s / early 70s & really nailed it!” BBC Radio 6 Music

“They are the future!” Jazz FM

“Draws breezily on the cosmic jazz heritage of Alice Coltrane & how that’s fed into US soul.” The Arts Desk

“(The Summoned) offers both a sonic and a philosophical spiritual journey through the consciousness of human life and cosmic phenomena. A conceptual and ambitious contemporary jazz work.” European Jazz Network.

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BLACKSABBATHMODE – B:Music and PRSF present a collaboration between nu-jazz duo BIGHEADMODE (Robbie & Ewan Moore) and Plumm, a distinguished multi-instrumentalist bandleader based in South London. Together, they have sculpted a captivating suite inspired by the legendary Midlands band, Black Sabbath.

This seamless fusion intertwines BIGHEADMODE’s ethereal, jazz-infused grooves reminiscent of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, with echoes of J Dilla and Kruangbin, alongside Plumm’s soulful, atmospheric soundscapes inspired by musical luminaries like David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Janis Joplin.

Departing from conventional cover projects, the endeavour captures the essence and vitality of Black Sabbath’s style through original compositions. The suite features electronic elements, improvisation, and unique arrangements of select Black Sabbath tracks, including Paranoid, War Pigs, and Fairies Wear Boots, infused with a distinct, edgy, and dynamic interpretation.

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HEJIRA

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HEJIRA

Mackintosh Queens Cross Church Presents ‘Hejira’ a 7-piece band set up to celebrate and honour the masterpiece works of Joni Mitchell, mostly from the late ‘70s. Having released the albums ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’ (regarded as her ‘jazz period’), Joni then toured briefly with a band formed from the crème de la crème of contemporaneous jazz musicians (Metheny, Mays, Brecker, Pastorius and Alias). The tour was recorded, producing the outstanding live album, ‘Shadows And Light’; it is from this album that the band Hejira is drawing the body of its repertoire. Comprising highly experienced jazz musicians, this band is fronted by the brilliant Hattie Whitehead who not only has – in her own way – assimilated the poise, power and beauty of Joni’s vocals, but also plays guitar with Joni’s stylistic mannerisms. Expect an evening of the ‘great’ songs from Mitchell’s back catalogue, such as ‘Amelia’, ‘Woodstock’, ‘A Case Of You’, ’Song For Sharon’ and ‘Edith And The Kingpin’.

Hattie Whitehead – vocals and guitar
Pete Oxley – guitar
Ollie Weston – tenor and soprano sax
Chris Eldred – piano & keyboards
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Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this show has been cancelled. Ticket buyers will be refunded via their ticket outlet.

Jim Mullen with Peter Johnstone and Alyn Cosker

Two generations of grooving Scottish jazz mastery combine in this mouthwatering prospect. Jim Mullen is one of the most distinctive guitarists in jazz, a player whose instantly recognisable thumb-picking style and soulful, bluesy phrasing have an almost vocal quality. A native Glaswegian, Mullen moved to London in the late 1960s and worked with Cream lyricist Pete Brown before joining acid jazz godfather Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express and soul-funk band Kokomo. A period in New York led to work with the Average White Band and flautist Herbie Mann and the formation of the hugely popular, long-running jazz-funk band Morrissey-Mullen with saxophonist Dick Morrissey. Mullen has since played and recorded with a host of top names including big-swinging pianist Gene Harris, blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon and Chicago folk-jazz poet Terry Callier, who described Mullen as “God”.

Peter Johnstone’s reputation as a Hammond organ virtuoso has grown with the formation of his International Organ Quartet, featuring New York vibes marvel Joe Locke, saxophonist Tommy Smith and drummer Alyn Cosker, and his work with guitarist Nigel Price and saxophonist Paul Towndrow. Already internationally acclaimed as the phenomenal pianist with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Tommy Smith’s ‘Coltrane’ quartet, Johnstone is a former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and a Yamaha Scholarship holder whose keyboard creativity is unfailingly exciting and spontaneous.

With a range of experience that includes gigs with Steely Dan guitarist Larry Carlton, singer Carol Kidd, pop-soulsters Hue & Cry and Gaelic folk rockers Capercaillie, Alyn Cosker is one of the most in-demand drummers in the UK. As well as providing the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s dynamic heartbeat, he leads his own group and is an accomplished composer with two albums under his own name.

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With support from Rebecca Vasmant (DJ set)

KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE is an innovative project led by two hugely influential DJs and artists among the Japanese music scene in Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Sextet & owner of The Room in Shibuya) and Yoshihiro Okino (owner of Especial Records).

Revealed and named KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE by Gilles Peterson in the early 90’s, the DJ duo formed by OKINO brothers, pioneered Japanese club jazz and crossover music worldwide. In 1994, their first production came out, a compilation entitled “KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE V.A.”. But their breakthrough came while signing their first single “ECLIPSE” on the German label Compost, followed in 2000 by their milestone album “SPIRIT OF THE SUN” ! KJM gained international recognition, as both critics and audience acclaimed their innovative crossover style, blending electro, jazz, house, funk and broken beats.

In 2004, they formed the “Kyoto Jazz Massive Live Set” featuring Vanessa Freeman and Tasita D’Mour on vocals, which performed throughout Europe and Asia (from the Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival to the North Sea Jazz Festival). Thereafter, numerous collaborations and remixes were released as well as several EP’s, earning them the reputation of outstanding producers.

In the meantime, Shuya Okino followed his own path, as a recognized DJ, traveling all through the globe and also producing a number of successful artists such as Mondo Grosso, Sleep Walker, Cosmic Village, Hajime Yoshizawa, ROOT SOUL and DJ KAWASAKI. He even made a name for himself as a writer, with three successful books “What makes a good DJ”, “The first Jazz Club book” and the business book ‘Filter your thinking for success’.

In 2006, he finally released his first remarkable solo album “United Legends”, for which he invited ten vocalists and ten producers only communicating using Email. This unprecedented technique of making music has made it of special interest to the music scene.

With “Destiny” in 2011, Shuya made it big by bringing together Navasha Daya (Gil Scott Heron’s niece), N’Dea Davenport, Clara Hill, Divinity and Pete Simpson. The single “Still In Love”, the Rose Royce’s disco hit cover, is a banger, played by many DJ’s around the world, Giles Peterson for BBC Radio One, Kevin Beadle, Patrick Forge among many others. Several remixes of “Still In Love” were even compiled as a special release on Defected Records.

Since 2015, Shuya Okino revives the Kyoto Jazz brand under the name Sextet, producing two magnificent albums with spiritual and straight ahead jazz influences inspired by the likes of the great Pharoah Sanders.

But it was not until 2022 that Kyoto Jazz Massive returned with their (only) second and long-anticipated album. The wait has definitely been worth it as Kyoto Jazz Massive have once again delivered another incredible genre-defying recording that continues to be forward looking. With “Message From A New Dawn”, KJM offers an ultimate vision of a modern, deep and jazz dancefloor crossover, including elements of house, afrobeat, soul and funk. Not to mention the irresistible voice of Vanessa Freeman and the exceptional participation of legendary Roy Ayers!

After a 15 years hiatus away from the European stages, Shuya Okino decided to support KJM’s new release with a small tour in the UK and France, pulling up a brand new line up. Led by Shuya Okino and featuring Vanessa Freeman on lead vocals, this powerful backing band based in Paris and named Echoes Of A New Dawn Orchestra, has provided outstanding performances and sold out several shows in Paris New Morning and London Jazz Cafe, followed by acclaimed participation at Southport Weekender and We Out Here festivals in 2023.

2024 will be Kyoto Jazz Massive 30th anniversary, promising and announcing several live celebrations across Europe, along with brand new material and recordings such as a collaboration LP with The Echoes Of A New Dawn Orchestra, including their amazing rendition of KJM classic broken house anthem, Substream.

Shuya OKINO (musical director, vocal, percussions)
Vanessa FREEMAN (lead vocal)
Indy EKA (lvocal)
Agyei OSEI (vocal)
Jean-Baptiste PALIES (drums)
Carel CLERIL (bass)
Eli FROT (keyboards)
Kevin LEBELLEC (guitar)
Olivier MICONI (trumpet, keys)
James MÜLLER (percussions)

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Caledonian Songbook

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Caledonian Songbook

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Paisley powerhouse vocalist kitti is quickly establishing herself as one to watch. With fans making comparisons to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys, her raw and edgy vocals have already earned her several prestigious awards. Here, kitti joins forces with Seonaid Aitken as Musical Director and puts her soulful, jazz ‘stamp’ on songs from the Scots tradition. Featuring everything from Robert Burns and bothy ballads right up to current Scottish artists such as Emeli Sandé, Annie Lennox and Paolo Nutini, this is set to be an exciting evening celebrating Scottish talents both historic and contemporary.

kitti – Vocals
Seonaid Aitken – Violin/MD
Patsy Reid – Violin
Alice Allen – Cello
Alan Benzie – Piano
Timmy Allan – Guitar
Christopher Quinn – Bass
Lauren MacDonald – Drums

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Glasgow Jazz Festival, Regular Music & Synergy Concerts presents Fergus McCreadie Trio plus support from India Blue & Norman Villeroux

In the dynamic landscape of contemporary jazz, Scottish pianist and composer Fergus McCreadie has carved a remarkable niche. Since 2021, his career has skyrocketed, marked by two acclaimed album releases that propelled him into the limelight – shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and clinching the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) for “Forest Floor.” His debut with Edition Records, “Cairn” (2021), set the stage for a journey deeply rooted in natural themes.

McCreadie’s latest venture, “Stream,” continues this intriguing exploration, this time delving into the essence of water. Accompanied by his long-standing comrades, David Bowden and Stephen Henderson, the album flows with the fluidity of its namesake. It’s a musical stream that flows through the rich landscapes of Scottish folklore and the sophisticated avenues of contemporary jazz, blending them seamlessly.

‘A giddying fusion of Scottish culture and jazz history’ – The Times

‘One of my favourite jazz piano trio albums of the last few years’ – Jamie Cullum

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Kapil Seshasayee is a protest musician from Scotland whose work fuses R&B, Indian classical and jazz fusion with contemporary electronic genres like hyperpop. Singles released from his LP “Laal” have featured at Rolling Stone India, BBC Radio4, Bandcamp, The Quietus, The Hindu, BBC Radio6 Music, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Asian Network.

“Laal” is a concept album about the influence of Bollywood and Indian cinema – platforming conversations around censorship, nationalism and caste which aren’t discussed often in mainstream media circles. Kapil also hopes to celebrate unsung heroes of the Indian film industry with singles from the album such as the director of queer film “The Pink Mirror” – Sridhar Rangayan. Kapil has showcased songs from “Laal” across SXSW, South Asian festival Dialled in, Latitude Festival, The Roundhouse and venues such as the Concorde 2 in Brighton alongside artists such as Tinariwen, Talvin Singh and Sarathy Korwar.

Highly sought after for session work due to his idiosyncratic guitar playing – Kapil has amassed a number of high profile collaborations and commissions including a rework of a Ravi Shankar composition to commemorate his 100th birthday for BBC Asian Network, a collaborative single with rap legend LIL B and performances in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall alongside Billy Bragg and members of legendary Scottish acts Mogwai / Belle & Sebastian.

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Hamish Stuart Band (no support – playing two sets)

Hamish Stuart is a British guitarist, bassist, singer, composer and record producer. He was an original member of the Average White Band between 1972 and 1982, a Scottish funk and R&B band that had a series of soul and disco hits. They are best known for their million-selling instrumental track Pick Up the Pieces, and their albums AWB and Cut the Cake. The band has influenced others, such as the Brand New Heavies, and been sampled by various musicians, including the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, TLC, The Beatnuts, Too Short, Ice Cube, Eric B. & Rakim, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Christina Milian, and Arrested Development, making them one of the sampled acts in history. In 1975, the single Pick Up the Pieces, taken from the #1 AWB album, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song knocked Linda Ronstadt’s You’re No Good out of #1 and sold over one million copies. It was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America. It also prompted The J.B.’s, the backup band of the “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown, to record and release a song in reply, Pick Up the Pieces, One by One, under the name AABB (Above Average Black Band). It was both a tribute to AWB’s knowledge of funk and a tongue-in-cheek play on the Scottish band’s name.

Thereafter, Hamish Stuart went on to work with Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and David Sanborn. He wrote Atlantic Starr’s 1986 hit If Your Heart Isn’t in It and songs for Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, George Benson and Diana Ross. He joined Paul McCartney’s band (where he switched between guitar and bass as necessary with McCartney) for McCartney’s 1989 comeback album, Flowers in the Dirt, and appeared on several other albums and Sir Paul’s world tours of 1989 and 1993. After collaborating on numerous albums for other artists, he recorded his first solo album, Sooner or Later, in 1999.

In 2006, Hamish Stuart toured as the bass player with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. He joined Starr again for a 2008 tour, where he performed Pick Up the Pieces and Work to Do. He once again toured with the band in 2019 playing those songs plus Cut the Cake. And will be touring again with Ringo in the US May/June and Sept/Oct 2022.

In July 2015, Hamish Stuart reunited with two of his Average White Band bandmates to form The 360 Band. This is in essence one half of the original Average White Band and they released an album titled Three Sixty in 2017. Amish and his group have been performing live together along with supporting musicians.

In recognition of his unique contribution to music, in 2016, Hamish Stuart was awarded with a BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), Gold Badge award. Now known as the Ivor Novello Awards, the awards, which were founded in 1974, recognize exceptional people from across the industry who have made a unique contribution to British music. Among the 12 individuals to also receive Gold Badges were The Kinks legend Ray Davies, singer Dame Cleo Lane and composer Neil Brand.

Hamish Stuart – vocals and guitar
Jeremy Stacey – drums
Steve Pearce – bass
Adam Phillips – guitar
Jim Watson – keys
Jim Hunt – sax

7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm start time
Over 14s, under 16s to accompanied by an adult over 18

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BOBBY WATSON QUARTET

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Nathan Somevi

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BOBBY WATSON QUARTET

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Bobby Watson Quartet plus support from Nathan Somevi

Saxophonist Bobby Watson, known for his exceptional talent, held a significant role as the Musical Director of the Jazz Messengers from 1977 to 1981. This period played a pivotal role in his musical career, firming his standing in the jazz community. Watson’s collaborations include jazz giants like Max Roach, Louis Hayes, George Coleman, Branford and Wynton Marsalis.

Additionally, he has supported vocal talents like Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves and Lou Rawls. Watson started his group, Horizon, with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis. Horizon’s music mirrors the Jazz Messengers’ style but with a modern twist. Their acclaimed discography features albums like Post-Motown Bop and Midwest Shuffle, Live! under Blue Note and Columbia labels.

Making a triumphant return to Glasgow after a hiatus of over a decade, Watson’s long-awaited comeback is sure to be a highlight of this year’s festival, echoing his 1994 stint as Artist in Residence exactly 30 years ago.

BOBBY WATSON – sax
JORDAN WILLIAMS – piano
CURTIS LUNDY – bass
VICTOR JONES – drums

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BEN SHANKLAND TRIO

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Ben Shankland with Chun-Wei Kang & Ali Watson

Winner of 2023 BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Edinburgh-born pianist and composer Ben Shankland is, despite his young age, already gaining recognition on the UK jazz scene. He began his musical journey studying classical piano and bassoon, which greatly developed his general musicality before finding an interest in jazz in his teens. Before long, he was hooked and began honing his craft as a member of Scotland’s finest youth jazz orchestras, with mentorship from pianists John Turville and Alan Benzie, and saxophonists Tommy Smith and Mike Williams.

Currently, he performs with his trio regularly around the country, exploring his original compositions with Ewan Hastie and Chun-Wei Kang. He is also active as a solo pianist, an interest which developed out of his classical background and inspiration from the music of Fred Hersch. In addition to his work as a leader, Ben has performed and recorded as a sideman in various bands with fellow young musicians.

Alongside his primary focus in improvised music, Ben continues to perform in the classical world. Notably, he recently accompanied BBC Young Musician 2022 percussionist Jordan Ashman in an award-winning recital, and was the soloist in three performances of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra. His ability to engage and connect with audiences at his young age truly sets him apart as one to watch in the years to come.

‘Easeful harmonising and sureness of touch leave one eager to hear more from Shankland in the future’
– Scottish Jazz Space

‘He is the perfect all-round musician, thoroughly grounded in the history and feel of jazz.’
– John Turville, Jazz Pianist

‘Great effervescence and jazz creativity’
– Tommy Smith, Jazz Saxophonist

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MARIANNE MCGREGOR & BRIAN KELLOCK

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MARIANNE MCGREGOR & BRIAN KELLOCK

Top Jazz Vocalist Marianne McGregor and sublime Scottish piano virtuoso Brian Kellock join forces to give a special concert of swinging classics at this years Glasgow Jazz Festival. This is an exciting opportunity to hear a great duo, presenting their favourite jazz repertoire featuring exciting improvised solos in an intimate gig setting.

Brian’s playing is both moving and awe-inspiring, the intricacies of his solos display true musicianship and fluidity. Marianne McGregor is fast becoming a big name in Scottish vocal jazz, with freedom and fun in her approach and a voice that captures musical sincerity beautifully.

This is a not-to-be-missed concert, the dynamic duo transcend life into old jazz and effortlessly glide through and pay homage to an eclectic mix of jazz styles.

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The Glad Cafe

Faye MacCalman

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DAVID BOWDEN

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Faye MacCalman

and DAVID BOWDEN

‘Providing food for thought on what jazz is and can become’ – Kevin Le Gendre (British Council, BBC, The Independent)

Faye MacCalman is a performer, composer-songwriter and improviser on saxophone, clarinet, voice and electronics. Faye fuses experimental songwriting with free-weaving melodies and enveloping rhythms drawing on jazz, folk and rock music inspired by under the surface emotional worlds; playfully merging magical realism with raw realities. In 2023 Faye was selected as artist in residence at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music in Gateshead, and performs as a solo artist and as bandleader of jazz-art-rock adventurers Archipelago, nominated for UK Jazz Act of the Year in the Jazz FM Awards.

Faye’s music has been described as ‘captivating’ by (NARC Magazine), and ‘moving…I lost myself’ (Huw Stephens, BB6 Music) and has seen her supporting luminary artists such as LA Harpist Mary Lattimore.

Faye has increasing strands of activism in her music, and in 2022 Faye debuted her AV installation ‘Invisible Real’; highlighting anonymous experiences with mental illness within a dreamlike subconscious space, at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. For Faye’s residency at The Glasshouse she is developing ‘Invisible Real’ into an expanded live experience with ethereal visuals and music for a brand new ensemble of musicians including Faye.

An in demand collaborator, Faye has worked with Maximo Park, Zoe Rahman, Arun Ghosh, The Unthanks, David Brewis, Daniel Casimir, Me Lost Me and John Pope. Faye’s music has been aired on BBC6 Music, NTS Radio, BBC Radio 3 and Worldwide FM, as well as making featured artist interview appearances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC6.

David Bowden is an award-winning bass player and composer based in Glasgow, working primarily in the fields of jazz, folk and improvised music. A mainstay of the Scottish scene, David has toured the UK and Europe extensively and was described by BBC Radio 3 as ‘a gifted bass player’.

In this brand new musical venture, David unveils a stripped-down approach, opting for solo performances on the double bass. Born of his passion for the instrument, he aims to highlight the lyrical and textural capabilities of the double bass while drawing from a wide-ranging musical palette. With a repertoire that weaves together original compositions and thoughtfully arranged songs from the realms of jazz, folk and pop music, audiences can anticipate an exploration of uplifting melodies, expressive improvisation and buoyant rhythms.

David is a founding member of the Mercury Prize nominated Fergus McCreadie Trio. The jazz/folk crossover act has released three albums with ‘Forest Floor’ winning the 2022 Scottish Album of the Year award. He also leads the acclaimed jazz fusion ensemble ‘Mezcla’ which ties together modern jazz with influences from funk, rock and folk music from West Africa, Latin America and beyond.

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Supersonic

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LATE NIGHT JAM SESSION

Hosted by Supersonic

Glasgow Jazz Festival host the infamous Late Night Jam Sessions featuring some of the best musicians in the exploding Glasgow scene, from 11pm until 3am every night of the festival. Each features a stellar line-up with the evening’s house trio chosen by the host.

Hosted by Supersonic. Hailing from the vibrant and eclectic music scene of Glasgow, Supersonic has emerged as a dynamic force, captivating audiences with their distinctive fusion of Nu-Jazz, Hip- Hop, and Drum and Bass influences. From their humble beginnings in the basement clubs along Sauchiehall Street to playing all over Glasgow at prestigious venues, Supersonic has navigated a remarkable journey, leaving an indelible mark on the Glasgow music landscape.

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Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Orphy Robinson

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra reunite with Orphy Robinson, one of the most engaging and influential voices in British jazz. Developing on last year’s sell-out concert, this year’s event celebrates the work of the much-loved Barbadian trumpeter and towering figure in British jazz, the great Harry Beckett.

Orphy and GIO collaborate on Harry Beckett’s rarely-performed Many Pauses, as well as the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Improcherto (for HB). Devised by GIO’s George Burt in 2011 to celebrate Harry’s vibrant approach to life and music-making, Improcherto (for HB) features an ingenious, elegant, and sophisticated score written on Post-it Notes. GIO’s premiere of this piece featured Evan Parker and Lol Coxhill at The Sage, Gateshead. This performance will see both Orphy and George Burt take soloistic roles.

The packed programme will also premiere two brand new pieces. Ceylan Hay (aka Bell Lungs), one of Scotland’s most in-demand, prolific and well-travelled young composer/performers will present a new work commissioned for this event, while GIO’s Raymond MacDonald will premiere a new piece, incorporating reworked samples of one of Harry Beckett’s last performances in Scotland, playing with the Burt/MacDonald Quartet at The Blue Lamp Jazz Club in Aberdeen in 2005.

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NIMBUS SEXTET

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Special Guests

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NIMBUS SEXTET

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NIMBUS SEXTET with special guests RUSSELL STEWART, LISSAPPEAR and CHRISTOPHER SMALL

“Quite extraordinary… Nimbus Sextet have caught our attention in a big way” – JAZZ FM

Nimbus Sextet are one of the most innovative groups in the new wave of UK jazz. Performing in and selling out the UK and Europe’s top jazz venues including New Morning, Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Joe Nichols led outfit have firmly established themselves as a major force in UK jazz and an increasingly prominent voice in the European jazz scene.

Nimbus Sextet’s albums – Dreams Fulfilled (2020) and Forward Thinker (2022) – were both released on the legendary Acid Jazz label. Championed by Jazz FM, they have garnered international acclaim from the likes of Jazzwise, Clash Magazine, RFI, Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music among many others.

As part of their UK summer tour, Nimbus Sextet will perform music from their hotly anticipated third album, due for release later in the year. Special guest vocalists Russell Stewart and lissappear (who appeared on the band’s recent Jazz FM A-listed version of Roy Ayers’ Searching) and trombonist/vocalist Christopher Small will join the band for their Glasgow Jazz Festival appearance at NiceNSleazy.

“Joe Nichols sets Nimbus Sextet firmly apart from their UK jazz peers. This is a band capable of diversely off kilter composition and sometimes, something more sublime” – UNCUT

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PIPPA BLUNDELL

Pippa Blundell is a Glasgow grown songstress. Her lyrics are prominent and raw whilst her gentle accompanying guitar and layered vocal harmony wraps you in a blanket and hugs you. Her sound is influenced by her classical vocal roots, by the storytelling of folk artists and by contemporary urban tales and ambient sounds, culminating in a modern, hushed and intense experience that soothes yet soars.

Pippa graduated from the Royal conservatoire of Scotland in 2022 with a degree in Mezzo-Soprano voice, initially aspiring to be an Opera singer her passions naturally led her to song-writing and composition. She found her true belonging in the pubs, clubs and venues of Glasgow’s thriving contemporary music scene. Her debut EP, “Sisters,” was launched in September 2023 as a set of four stripped back and reflective tracks. Pippa writes, “Sisters is about my constant journey of understanding what womanhood means to me. It’s an interrogation of the women in my life, and the intricacies of being a young woman in her early 20s. It’s about how my mother raised me, how she upset me, how she loved me. It’s about friendship, understanding love, and being a woman in love. It’s an ode to the messy, and the beautiful. It’s about sisters.”

Pippa was one of the 5 nominated artists for the Sound of Young Scotland in the 2023 Scottish Album of the Year awards and listed as an exciting upcoming act in 2024 by The List magazine. Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway named her as a Top 25 Artist to watch in 2024.

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