Zara McFarlane, Sons of Kemet and Neil Cowley Trio for Glasgow Jazz Fest


The 28th Glasgow Jazz Festival, which runs from 25 to 29 June just ahead of the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in July, has announced an eclectic line up featuring new and established jazz names. Emerging talents set to appear include jazz-soul singer Zara McFarlane (pictured), trip-hop influenced guitarist Stuart McCallum and last year’s Jazz MOBO winners Sons of Kemet. The Neil Cowley Trio perform music from their new album Touch and Flee, while acclaimed guitarist Martin Taylor and charismatic trombonist Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio also appear.

There’s a strong Jamaican flavour to the programme in celebration of the Commonwealth Games and this will see the likes of Courtney Pine’s House Of Legends, Jazz Jamaica, Black Star Steel Band and a Jamaican-jazz themed Classic Album Listening Session all featured at this year’s festival. Other names announced include Jacqui Dankworth and Todd Gordon, James Tormé, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band plus the festival will also hosts the final of Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year. Concerts are held at venues across the city including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the City Hall Recital Rooms, The Old Fruitmarket and the basement Rio Club, which will also host the festival’s official late night jam sessions.

– Mike Flynn

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