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Late Night Studio Jazz season announced

01/08/2017

Glasgow UNESCO City of Music presents the best in Scottish and International Jazz talent in the 5th annual Late Night Studio Jazz season.

Performances will take place on Saturdays from 14 October until 16 December, beginning at 9.30pm in an intimate cabaret setting in the City of Music Studio at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The 2017 season features a rare Glasgow performance by globally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Julian Joseph. A towering figure in the international jazz scene for over two decades – as composer and arranger, bandleader, educator and broadcaster – Joseph plays solo for Late Night Studio Jazz on Saturday 4 November. 

The season opener on Saturday 14 October, Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons, will take the audience on an eye-popping ride through the wacky world of cartoon music, including zany melodies, themes and complete cartoon scores by Carl Stalling (Looney Tunes), Scott Bradley (Tom and Jerry) and many more performed by drummer Stu Brown with his critically acclaimed Twisted Toons septet, featuring some of the U.K.’s finest jazz and classical musicians.

Purveyors of fine vintage ragtime Jazz from the 1920s and 30s, The Ugly Bug Ragtime Three – John Burgess on clarinet, Ross Milligan on guitar and banjo, and Andy Sharkey on string bass - will be joined by Tom Gordon on drums  in the City of Music Studio on Saturday 21 October.

Saxophonist Laura MacDonald leads a quartet featuring Kevin MacKenzie on guitar, Mario Caribe on bass and Alyn Cosker on drums in an acclaimed celebration of her favourite composer, Cole Porter. The quartet’s playlist on Saturday 18 November is made up of Porter’s most famous tunes, including What Is This Thing Called Love and Love For Sale.

The talent, skill exuberance and verve of some of the most talented young Scottish jazz players of today will be showcased on Saturday 25 November, when the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra star at Late Night Studio Jazz. Conducted by acclaimed saxophonist, composer and educator Tommy Smith, the orchestra is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017.

Trio Mágico - award winning jazz pianist Paul Harrison, bassist Mario Lima Caribe and drummer Stu Brown - play a concert of Brazilian music on Saturday 2 December, adapting the music of one of the country’s most brilliant composers and multi-instrumentalists, Egberto Gismonti, which ranges from melodic, romantic and film-score like, to carnival rhythms that will (literally) move you.

Collaborators for more than 16 years on a range of ensemble projects, alto saxophonist Paul Towndrow and pianist Steve Hamilton’s performance in an intimate duo setting for our season closer on Saturday 16 December promises to deliver compositions and improvisations in their purest form. Towndrow and Hamilton’s crossover influences range broadly from Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, to Debussy, Bartok and Charles Ives.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

“The return of Late Night Studio Jazz as autumn eases into winter offers the perfect way to spend a Saturday night for lovers of Jazz music. There’s a wonderful choice of concerts coming up – from the exuberance and skill of the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra to the virtuosity of Julian Jones and so much more.

“With its relaxed and friendly setting, the series also provides a great opportunity for people who’ve not been to a jazz concert before to join us, settle back and enjoy.” 

For more information and tickets visit http://www.glasgowconcerthalls.com or call 0141 353 8000

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