Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski confesses that he is unlikely to don a Santa suit for the two Christmas concerts he has lined up, but says there will be a few festive trimmings added to the otherwise self-composed repertoire for the debut of a new quartet that he is very excited about.
The Glasgow-born saxophonist has developed into a leading figure on the Scottish jazz scene over the last decade, and is a regular member of several key bands up here, including Brass Jaw, the Colin Steele Quintet, the Haftor Medbøe Group, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra.
That stylistic spread gives a clue to his range and adaptability as well as his prowess as a jazz improviser. His own bands are also a central component in his work, and the new line-up he has brought together for these gigs features a special guest in London-based American bass player Michael Janisch, alongside pianist Paul Harrison and drummer Stu Ritchie.
‘These are all musicians that I have wanted to bring together for a while,’ he said. ‘I have worked with all of them in other contexts, but never as a band in our own right, and I’ve been working on new material for the concerts with them in mind. As well as the two gigs, we’ll also be doing a recording for BBC Scotland’s The Jazz House while Michael is here with us.’
City Halls (Recital Room), Glasgow, Sat 19 Dec; The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Sun 20 Dec