12 March 2018One of the gigs of the year confirmed for new Glasgow club
New Glasgow jazz club the Blue Arrow hosts one of the most exciting jazz gigs of 2018 when Irish drummer David Lyttle brings his trio featuring Philadelphia-born guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and London-based American bassist Michael Janisch to the Sauchiehall Street venue on Wednesday 21st March.
Lyttle, who has been described as “one of the best, robust listening experiences you're likely to have all year" by Rolling Stone, was nominated for a MOBO Best live Act award in 2015 and has worked with leading jazz and hip hop players Joe Lovano, Talib Kweli, Seamus Blake and Soweto Kinch, among many others.
In Rosenwinkel, he has chosen the most revered guitarist of his generation whose music The Chicago Tribune has rated as “the future of jazz - just like bebop once was."
Tickets for the concert are available now from tickettailor.com and doors open at 7:30pm.
08 March 2018Eyemouth Hippodrome reschedules McCreadie concert for late March
Eyemouth Hippodrome has rescheduled the concert by outstanding young Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie that had to be postponed due to the weather last Friday.
McCreadie will now bring his trio to the Berwickshire venue’s harbourside music room on Saturday, March 31.
The concert is one of a series of jazz and roots music attractions due in Eyemouth in the coming weeks. Scottish folk acts Gnoss and Iona Fyfe are due on April 7 and 14 respectively.
Belgian guitarist Filip Verneert and Spanish pianist Enrique Simon make a rare appearance in the Scottish Borders on April 10 and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra drumming dynamo Alyn Cosker brings his exciting jazz-rock group on April 21.
Swedish a cappella group Kongero (April 29), Anglo-Sardinian duo Guitar Journey (May 11) and singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon (May 12) are among those also included in the programme.
06 March 2018Drumming dynamo Alyn Cosker releases new album and tours
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s regular drummer, Alyn Cosker plays a series of dates during March and April with his own group to mark the release of his new album, KPF.
The follow-up to Cosker’s 2009 debut release, Lyn’s Une, KPF features music composed by Cosker and enthusiastically endorsed by leading jazz guitarist John McLaughlin when Cosker’s group supported McLaughlin and his band 4th Dimension at Edinburgh Jazz Festival in 2016.
Cosker is joined in his group by keyboardist Steve Hamilton, who is currently touring with drumming legend Billy Cobham, Hue & Cry bass guitarist Colin Cunningham and guitarist Davie Dunsmuir from Scottish singer Maggie Reilly’s band.
The dates begin with an album launch at Stereo, Glasgow on Wednesday, March 7 and continue at Wakefield Jazz Club on March 9, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on March 25, An Tobar on the Isle of Mull on Tuesday 17 April, the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (April 19th), Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (April 20th), and Eyemouth Hippodrome (April 21st).
04 March 2018Pianists Going Dutch in Belfast, London, Newcastle and Gateshead
Two pianists visit the UK this month as part of the Going Dutch project that will be bringing musicians from the Netherlands to the UK and Ireland throughout 2018 and into 2019.
Kaja Draksler and Dominic J Marshall originally come from Slovenia and Scotland respectively but qualify for Going Dutch by being resident in Amsterdam. Draksler, who will also be appearing at Gateshead Jazz Festival in April, plays a solo concert as part of Belfast’s Brilliant Corners on 8th March.
Dominic J Marshall was born in Bannockburn, near Stirling, and studied at Leeds College of Music, where he began to make waves with his first trio, before taking his master's degree in Amsterdam. He's since formed a new version of his trio and his gigs at The Globe in Newcastle upon Tyne on 29th March and Pizza Express in Soho on the 31st March will be the first time he's brought this group to the UK. He is as much influenced by J-Dilla as the lineage of piano trios from Bill Evans onwards and brings a vibrant individual groove to his music.
Going Dutch is an initiative of Dutch Performing Arts and the Jazz Promotion Network.
Dominic J Marshall and Kaja Draksler