Glasgow Jazz Festival 30th Anniversary

The 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Jazz Festival will be well celebrated this June as some of the top international and local artists from the genre are set to perform at venues across the city.

During the four day festival, Joe Locke and his Quartet will play at the Old Fruitmarket on 26 June while tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who had audiences feeling ‘chills’ during his stint at Coachella this summer, will play the Queen Margaret Union on 27 June.


“Pee Wee” Ellis, the saxophonist and bandleader of James Brown’s Revue in the 60s, will join Federation of the Disco Pimp on 23 June at The Old Fruitmarket and Jazz trumpeter Ryan Quigley and his Big Band will join with Hamish Stewart, of ‘Average White Band’, for a collaborative concert at The Old Fruitmarket on 24 June.

Glasgow singer Carol Kidd will make her welcome return to the festival on 25 June, she performed at the very first Glasgow Jazz Festival and will play at St Luke’s in the East End of Glasgow, on 25 June. Grahame Skinner, the former frontman of Hipsway, will perform his new take on Frank Sinatra’s classic album Watertown, with the Skinner Group on 23 June at St Lukes.

ChIWx7AWYAASlHT.jpg-largeTo mark its 30th anniversary, the festival is celebrating some of the top up-and-coming Scottish talent in the Jazz scene with it’s “30 under 30” programme. These young artists are making waves globally in the scene and many will perform at the festival.

Glasgow Jazz festival director Jill Rodger said of the programme: “It is vitally important to recognise the next generation of musicians and one of the key themes of this year’s festival is looking forward to the exciting next 30 years that the Glasgow Jazz scene has to offer.”

Images sourced from Glasgow Jazz Festival twitter account

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