Peter Bacon reports:
The full programme of the 2018 Glasgow Jazz Festival has just been announced and tickets went on sale at 12noon today, International Jazz Day.
The festival has also announced a new partnership with the Keychange Project – the initiative that encourages festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.
The festival runs from Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 June. Joining already announced names like Mr Jukes, Georgie Fame and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, are trumpeter Yazz Ahmed, an expanded version of violinist Seonaid Aitken’s Rose Room, DJ Rebecca Vasmant, harpist Alina Bzhezhinska, singer/songwriter Sophie Bancroft, the Bitches Brew project led by double bassist Emma Smith, vocalist Georgia Cécile and saxophonist Helena Kay.
|Seonaid Aitken’s Rose Room
Claire Martin with Jim Mullen celebrating the work of Wes Montgomery, and Nigel Clark and the Tom MacNiven Quintet will be honouring the memory of Bobby Wellins.
Guitar/vocal duo John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe, Tony Momrelle, formerly lead singer of Incognito, Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur, and clarinettist Arun Ghosh are also on the bill.
A FEW FESTIVAL PICKS
One of LondonJazz News’ Scotland-based contributors, Mark McKergow, makes his pick of the festival:
• Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Band (Sunday 24 June, 7.15, St Lukes) – Bahraini-British trumpeter brings her contemporary sounds and first-rate band to Glasgow.
• Rose Room Orchestra Fantastique ft Konrad Wiszniewski (Wednesday 20 June 7.15, St Lukes)
Glasgow-based singer Seonaid Aitken, a top Hot Club style quartet, the Capella String Quartet and tenor titan Wiszniewski makes for a grand spectacle. One for the swing fans.
• Dinosaur (Friday 22 June, 8.30, King Tuts) – trumpet star Laura Jurd is back in Scotland with her small group and a new album Wonder Trail.
•Jazz Meets Football (Saturday 23 June, 7pm, Platform, Easterhouse) The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and German musicians corralled by the Goethe-Institute will perform as two teams alongside a live broadcast of Germany v Sweden in the World Cup. The part of the ref is taken by DJ IllVibe. Intriguing and free.
Jill Rodger, Director of Glasgow Jazz Festival, said: “Year on year we endeavour to bring an exciting and varied line-up of big name artists alongside up-and-coming musicians to Glasgow’s audiences. We’re really excited to be announcing this eclectic line-up and we look forward to welcoming jazz fans old and new to some of Glasgow’s most iconic music venues in June.
“We have always endeavoured to celebrate the fantastic female jazz musicians that are part of our ever-evolving jazz scene, so we’re delighted to also announce that we are now part of the Keychange project – a fantastic initiative that will hopefully empower individuals to work together towards a more inclusive music industry.”