The 29th edition of the Glasgow Jazz Festival, which runs from 24 to 28 June, brings together another strong mix of jazz, funk and soul as well as hosting the final of Young Scottish Jazz Musician on the opening night.
This year’s line up pulls in newcomers such as aptly large Scottish prog-funk band Fat Suit, emergent saxophonist Rachel Cohen, rising star US soul-jazz singer Jarrod Lawson, and keys/multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin with drummer Marcus Gilmore, alongside established names such as award-winning Brit jazz-rockers Partisans, pianists John Taylor and Zoe Rhaman (both performing solo sets), the funky Hamish Stuart Band, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and acclaimed singer/pianist Liane Carroll. Young Scottish jazz stars performing include trumpeter Ryan Quigley and saxophonist Paul Towndrow’s ‘With Strings’ collaboration and an intriguing group featuring Scots pianist Euan Stevenson and powerful US tenorist Korey Riker.
Also appearing is US the power trio of virtuoso bassist Charnett Moffett, guitarist/pianist Stanley Jordan and heavy-hitting drummer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, collectively known as the Nettwork Trio (pictured top), who explore an energetic take on free-flowing jazz-fusion. Concerts are held at venues across the city including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 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
For full programme go to www.jazzfest.co.uk