Glasgow Jazz Festival

Get Down to the Music!

It’s not one we’ve written about before, but the Glasgow Jazz Festival is one of the city’s biggest events annually. Attracting international artists and boasting an eclectic mix of sounds, this five-day event is well worth a look. We decided to put our ear to the ground and give you some hot tips as to who to see and what to do when you’re not listening to the smooth and funky tones of jazz from around the globe. 

Mezcla

This jazz/fusion collective was borne from the mind of David Bowden, a bass player and former BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year winner. Fusing together West African and Latin American grooves, the collective features some of Scotland’s brightest music stars, so a great opportunity to see future movers and shakers before they get big. This ticket gives you a little bang for your buck too, as acclaimed Glasgow-based artist, Jamie Johnson, will be exhibiting work (printmaking, painting and video being his primary focus) alongside the gig in this one-off collaboration. 

Thursday 21st June at Stereo. 

Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band

American R&B singer, Geno, has released over 10 albums with his Ram Jam Band and as a solo artist since 1966. This legend of the jazz scene comes to Glasgow’s festival to rock the crowds, with no sign of his high-energy performances stopping any time soon – even at the age of 71! Book your ticket to get down and funky soon as this is bound to be a popular event. 

 

 

Saturday 23rd June at BAAD. 

Sophie Bancroft with Louis Durra

For something with a softer edge, head along to this gig featuring solo-artist Sophie Bancroft, whose jazz-based melodies have a distinctly folky feel. This time, she’ll be teaming up with American pianist, Louis Durra, with Stuart Brown on drums and Tom Lyne on bass to create truly international troupe, The Songs Quartet.  You can expect original music from Bancroft as well as covers of Michael Franks, Steely Dan and more. 

Sunday 24th June at Blue Arrow

My Jukes plus Rebecca Vasmant

A night of interesting and experimental work from Mr Jukes, aka Jack Steadman, who uses aliases to deliver his explorations as an artist, composer and fiendish discoverer of fresh samples. Supporting Steadman is Glasgow-based DJ, Rebecca Vasmant, whose traditional approach to music sees her still spinning classic vinyl on the decks while enthusiastically promoting the lost-links between jazz and electronic music. 

Wednesday 20th June at the Old Fruitmarket

There’s a great, varied selection of gigs on offer and while these are our top picks, we’d encourage you to check out the official Festival website for more information and inspiration. Most gigs take place in the city centre and for food options, we recommend veggie and vegan delights at Stereo (also a music venue for some acts on the program), or Merchant City favourites Koolba for Indian/Asian dishes, or Gandolfi Fish for traditional Scottish seafood.