Theo Crocker, Neil Cowley Trio and Martin Taylor step up for Glasgow

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The 31st edition of the Glasgow Jazz Festival, running from 21-25 June, promises to be a diverse and forward-looking affair with many rising stars set to perform. These include an opening night spot from proggy electronica trio Strobes, rising star Scottish bass player David Bowden's Mezcla group, and cool swinging trumpeter Jay Phelps' Quartet. Also appearing across these four nights are the grooveheavy Ezra Collective, Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift, fearlessly funky all female collective Nérija, prodigiously talented Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler and show-stopping Florida-born trumpeter Theo Croker (above, centre).

Established stars also on the bill include Scottish jazz guitar great Martin Taylor (above right) who lines-up with Laura McDonald for a tribute to Ella; the powerful piano poundings of the Neil Cowley Trio (above left); Afro-jazz drum dons Ginger Baker and Tony Allen (appearing separately); the hugely impressive Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and soul jazz superstar Gregory Porter. The festival takes place in various venues across the city including The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Old Fruitmarket, St Luke's, Drygate and The Hug and Pint.

– Mike Flynn

For full programme details and tickets visit www.jazzfest.co.uk