From the 21st to the 25th of June Glasgow is transformed by the affluence of international and home-grown jazz talents, who will be taking over some of the city’s most iconic venues. Some of the highlights include; jazz legends celebrated such as Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Nerija the rising stars of jazz and an evening with the acclaimed Ginger Baker which will most definitely be unforgettable. On top of that, there is also the talented, one of a kind Theo Croker and a set from the Neil Cowley Trio that is much-anticipated.
After all, they are “the pianist’s that are most listened to on the planter,”.
After the 30th year celebrations which took place last year, the festival has returned to Glasgow, bigger and better than before. Various venues across the city will host The Glasgow Jazz Festival, these include;
Five days of uninterrupted jazz, that will all come alive.
Centenary Celebrations & Acts Of The Festival
- Celebrating 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald’ by Martin Taylor and Alison Burns which will take place on the opening night at the Strathclyde Suite in the Royal Concert Hall.
- A tribute by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to Buddy Rich, one of the very best jazz drummers of all times, at the New RSBO Auditorium on Saturday 24th of June.
- Centennial festivities rounded off by Callum Gourlay with ‘Thelonius 100’ in the afternoon of Sunday 25th of June at The Hug and Pint.
The Neil Cowley Trio, a Glasgow Festival Favorite is another highlight of the lineup for this year. This will take place on Thursday 22nd at the suitably iconic St. Luke’s. For over ten years, audiences enchanted by the trademark sound of the award-winning trio, and since Cowley has contributed to some of the top songs of this decade, notably Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and Hometown Glory, it seems as if their return to the festival cannot be missed.
An Evening with Ginger Baker who was the founder of Cream as well as well-known jazz percussionist takes to the stage. Known for being one of the very best drummers of all time, Baker’s talent, as well as showmanship, is second to none and is seen on Saturday 24th June at the Old Fruitmarket. Don’t miss!
The Glasgow Jazz Festival, as always will also celebrate the up and coming jazz talents, taking place at St. Luke’s, east end venue. Shows that include the trio Strobes which will be playing cutting-edge electronic on Wed 21st and Friday 23rd. Also, the London-based, all-female septet Nérija will be appearing.
Continuing the commitment that the Glasgow Jazz Festival has to Scotland’s young jazz musicians, David Bowden BBC´s Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017 will lead ‘Mezcla’, an instrument collective that is brand new. Combining electrifying improvisation with soulful melodies and original compositions on Wednesday 21st at The Hug and Pint.
With unrivalled jazz lineage, the act of Theo Croker is what will close the festival on Sunday, June 25th at the Old Fruitmarket. Being the grandson of late Doc Cheatham as well as legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd´s former student, Croker has made his own way in this industry as an arranger, composer and a trumpeter himself. Escape Velocity which was his 2016 release, held with critical acclaim and celebrated the adventurous funk influences of Theo that is hip-hop, soul, and groove-oriented.
The 5th Scottish Jazz Awards Evening
New to the line-up of 2017 on the festival’s closing night and associated with Hands Up For Trade, the Glasgow Jazz Festival will be hosting the 5th Scottish Jazz Awards.
Absent from the industry for four years the Jazz Awards is again resurrected to celebrate the vibrant jazz scene of Scotland. A shortlist of five awards selected by a panel of media, press, and promoters. The public will decide their winners by voting for their own best.
The awards ceremony which will take place on Sunday 25th June at the City of Music Studio with the winners announced at the Glasgow Royal Music Hall. The nominees will shortly be announced.
Yet another international and richly diverse program curated, and the Glasgow Jazz Festival will witness veteran fans and jazz newcomers cross paths in a city brought to life with jazz for five days and nights that will be unforgettable. From traditional and on to avant-garde, as well as everything in between, although it is turning 31, The Glasgow Jazz Festival is still as exciting, fresh and vital as ever.
For the complete information on the line-up for this year, please visit www.jazzfest.co.uk
Tickets on sale from Thursday 4th May.