NEWS: GLASGOW JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE FULL 2018 PROGRAMME ALONGSIDE NEW INITIATIVE

Glasgow Jazz Festival has launched their full 2018 programme for this year’s summer festival.  Organisers have also announced a brand-new partnership with the Keychange Project – the initiative that encourages festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.

Glasgow Jazz Festival, the cities longest running music festival, has today on International Jazz Day announced their full programme for the 32nd edition. The summer festival will bring yet another richly diverse programme to some of Glasgow’s most iconic venues.

From Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th June 2018, the city will be transformed by a wealth of international and home-grown jazz talent, as veteran fans cross pass with jazz newcomers in a city bursting at the seams with unforgettable musical moments.

Rebecca Vasmant, Seonaid Aitken (with violin) and Tam Gallagher at the launch of Glasgow Jazz Festival.

Already announced to headline the festival is former front-man of Bombay Bicycle Club, Mr Jukes, who will bring his debut solo album to this year’s festival, a project full of material that revives his long-standing interest in jazz, soul and R&B. Music legend Georgie Fame will also return to the festival to showcase his much-loved blend of jazz and rhythm & blues with his Family Trio, as well as Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – one of Africa’s biggest and longest running orchestras.

Glasgow Jazz Festival has also signed up to be part of the Keychange project – a pioneering European initiative that empowers women to transform the future of the music industry and encourages festivals to achieve a 50:50 balance by 2022. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. Year on year the festival showcases talented female musicians on the jazz scene and the 2018 festival is no different.

Bahrain-raised, London-based trumpeter Yazz Ahmed will be taking to the Glasgow Jazz Festival stage this summer. Yazz has played with a huge variation of notable names, including Radiohead, who’s ‘Bloom’ track is covered by Yazz on her latest album ‘La Saboteuse’ – an album of music that encapsulates the dreamy enchantment and exotic nations of her Bahrain heritage fused with the polygenesis jazz scene of her London home.

Led by virtuoso violinist and last year’s Scottish Jazz Awards ‘Best Vocalist’ Seonaid Aitken – Glasgow based Rose Room (dubbed as Scotland’s leading ‘Hot Club’ swing band) join forces with top Scottish saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and the award-winning Capella String Quartet to celebrate the vintage sound of the 1930s with the The Rose Room Orchestra Fantastique. 

DJ-Producer Rebecca Vasmant will bring a fresh new twist to dance music with her love of jazz when she opens for already-announced Mr Jukes in the Old Fruitmarket on Wednesday 20th June.

Alina Bzhezhinska and her Quartet led the 80th birthday celebrations for Alice Coltrane around the UK and their celebrated set that was part of ‘A Concert for John and Alice’ at last year’s London Jazz Festival – Alina and her critically acclaimed quartet will bring this celebrated material to the City Halls Recital Room on Friday 22nd June.

Singer-songwriter Sophie Bancroft will play Glasgow’s brand-new jazz venue The Blue Arrow as part of this year’s festival. Heralding from one of Britain’s top jazz families, with brothers Tom and Phil, she has since gone on to have a highly successful career with a unique blend of jazz and folk influences. Following a collaboration between Bancroft and American pianist Louis Durra for the Made In Scotland showcase at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Songs Quartet emerged and the resulting ‘Songs’ was listed in The Herald’s Top 50 albums of 2015.

The Bitches Brew project was conceived by double-bassist Emma Smith as a night of music written, improvised and performed by some of the best female instrumentalists around. In response to the assumption that the woman in the band is mostly the singer, Bitches Brew focuses on the female instrumental player and the end result is an eclectic night of music that celebrates a diverse variety of talent playing, dancing and pushing the boundaries of creative music.

Vocalist and songwriter Georgia Cécile will launch her debut album as part of the festival while 2015’s Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and 2018’s Peter Whittingham Jazz Award winner Helena Kay and her trio KIM will also play.

Glasgow Jazz Festival also continues to support up-and-coming talent. Part of London’s ‘Jazz Re:Freshed’ Ashley Henry plays the piano with a beauty and sensitivity that usually comes from a lifetime immersed in jazz.

Claire Martin and Jim Mullen will celebrate the music of one of the most iconic guitarists in jazz history, Wes Montgomery. This year marks the 50th anniversary since the passing of the self-taught, Grammy-winning star who left an amazing body of work during his lifetime which ended tragically early. Award-winning UK jazz musicians – vocalist Claire Martin and guitarist Jim Mullen, will pay their special tribute to this hugely influential musician as part of this year’s festival on Friday 22nd June at St Lukes. The show will feature an array of well-known Montgomery tunes, including ‘Willow Weep for Me’, ‘If You Could See Me Now’ and ‘Goin Out Of My Head’.

Nigel Clark and the Tom MacNiven Quintet will perform a celebratory concert in honour of the late, great Bobby Wellins at Drygate on Saturday 23rd June. Preceding the night of entertainment will be a screening of ‘Dreams are Free’ – a documentary on Wellins’ life. It has been just over 20 years since trumpeter Tom MacNiven recorded ‘Guess What?with Bobby Wellins, and this show will mark its re-release with the album being performed in full.

Tony Momrelle is one of the most exciting and significant soul musicians on the modern British stage. Tony was lead male vocalist of the famous British acid-jazz band Incognito for more than 16 years, before launching his solo career in 2015.

Clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh, winner of ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, will be performing music from his new album ‘But Where Are You Really From?’ at this year’s festival. As a renowned innovator of modern Indo Jazz, Ghosh’s ensemble will incorporate jazz, rock, folk and South Asian styles for this night of outstanding musical entertainment.

In 2017, after an absence of four years, Glasgow Jazz Festival revived the Scottish Jazz Awards. On Sunday 3 June 2018 these prestigious awards will return to Glasgow to celebrate Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene. A panel made up of industry specialists will choose the shortlist for the awards and the nominees will be announced with a public vote deciding the winner of each category.

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.”

The Glasgow Jazz Festival will take place in various exciting venues across the city including the Old Fruitmarket, St Luke’s, Drygate and The Hug and Pint. The festival will also be taking place in Glasgow’s first ever dedicated jazz club – the brand-new venue The Blue Arrow. The festival is once again taking place with support and funding from Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland.

For more information and to buy tickets for the festival please visit www.jazzfest.co.uk

Listings

Rose Room Orchestra Fantastique featuring Konrad Wiszniewski

Wednesday 20 June

7.30pm

St Luke’s

 

Mr Jukes with Rebecca Vasmant DJ

Wednesday 20 June

7.30pm

Old Fruitmarket

 

John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe

Wednesday 20 June

7.30pm

City Halls, Recital Room

 

Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Final

Wednesday 20 June

7.30pm

Drygate

 

Bitches Brew

Wednesday 20 June

7.30pm

The Blue Arrow

 

Alabaster Deplume and Art of Falling

Wednesday 20 June

7.30pm

Hug and Pint

 

Ashley Henry with support

Thursday 21 June

7.30pm

St Luke’s

 

The Georgie Fam Family Trio with Luca Manning and Fergus McCreadie

Thursday 21 June

7.30pm

Old Fruitmarket

 

Alexander Hawkins

Thursday 21 June

8pm

City Halls, Recital Room

 

Skeltr

Thursday 21 June

8pm

Hug and Pint

 

Mezcla with Support

Thursday 21 June

8pm

Stereo

 

Colin Steele Quartet ‘Diving for Pearls’

Thursday 21 June

8pm

Drygate

 

Ian Shaw Performs ‘Shine Sister Shine’

Thursday 21 June

7.30pm

The Blue Arrow

 

Luca Manning and Fergus McCreadie

Thursday 21 June

10pm

Brunswick Bar

 

Wuh Oh

Thursday 21 June

10.30pm

The Blue Arrow

 

Dementia Friendly Concert Series with Penman Jazzmen

Friday 22 June

1.30pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

 

Claire Martin and Jim Mullen’s Full House celebrate Wes Montgomery

Friday 22 June

7.30pm

St Luke’s

 

Glamour and the Baybes

Friday 22 June

7.30pm

The Blue Arrow

 

Dinosaur

Friday 22 June

9pm

King Tuts

 

Slugabed

Friday 22 June

8pm

Hug and Pint

 

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet

Friday 22 June

7.30pm

City Halls, Recital Room

 

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo with DJ Nick Peacock

Friday 22 June

8pm

Old Fruitmarket

 

Georgia Cecile Album Launch

Friday 22 June

8pm

BAAD

 

Raymond MacDonald and Friends

Friday 22 June

8pm

The Glad Café

 

Tony Momrelle with support

Friday 22 June

8pm

Drygate

 

Soul Jazz Collective

Friday 22 June

8pm

Swing

 

The Jazz Pack Band

Friday 22 June

8.30pm

Avant Garde

 

Mark Robb DJ Set

Friday 22 June

10pm

Brunswick Bar

 

Arun Ghosh

Friday 22 June

10.30pm

The Blue Arrow

 

Big Band Festival

Saturday 23 June

1pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

 

Jazz Festival All Stars Kids Concert

Saturday 23 June

2pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

 

Jazz Meets Football – Raymond MacDonald and Alois Kott

Saturday 23 June

7pm

Platform

 

Helena Kay’s KIM Trio

Saturday 23 June

7.30pm

The Blue Arrow

 

George Benson

Saturday 23 June

8pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

 

Yazmin Lacey

Saturday 23 June

8pm

Hug and Pint

 

Geno Washington with Friday Street DJs

Saturday 23 June

8pm

BAAD

 

The Million Dollar Orchestra

Saturday 23 June

8.30pm

St Luke’s

 

‘Dreams are Free’ Bobby Wellins Film Screening

Saturday 23 June

6pm

Drygate

 

Nigel Clark & Tom MacNiven Quintet Celebrate Bobby Wellins

Saturday 23 June

8pm

Drygate

 

Nat Birchall with Divine

Saturday 23 June

9pm

Admiral

 

Luca Manning Quintet

Saturday 23 June

10.30pm

The Blue Arrow

 

Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra Singers

Sunday 24 June

2pm

Tron Theatre

 

Trio Magico

Sunday 24 June

2pm

City Halls, Recital Room

 

Fraser Urquhart

Sunday 24 June

5pm

City Halls, Recital Room

 

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Trevor Watts

Sunday 24 June

7.30pm

Drygate

 

Sophie Bancroft

Sunday 24 June

7.30pm

The Blue Arrow

 

Roosevelt Collier

Sunday 24 June

8pm

BAAD

 

Andrew Robb ‘One the Edge of Europe’ feautirung Bjørn Solli

Sunday 24 June

8pm

City Halls, Recital Room

 

Noya Rao with Werkha

Sunday 24 June

8pm

Hug and Pint

 

Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Band

Sunday 24 June

7.30pm

St Luke’s

 

Spoken Mirror

Sunday 24 June

8.30pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio