Glasgow Jazz Festival reveals full 2018 programme
- Katharine Gemmell
- 30 April 2018
32nd edition of the music festival promises its usual diverse mix of acts and genres as well as a commitment to gender equality
The organisers of this year's Glasgow Jazz Festival have today – fittingly on International Jazz Day – announced the full programme for the festival's 32nd edition.
As has been the case in previous years, the festival strives to bring a diverse range of artists from across different genres, as seen from earlier-announced headliners Mr Jukes, Georgie Frame and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo.
This year the organisers also announced a partnership with the Keychange Project which aims to encourage music festivals to have a 50:50 gender balance by 2020. In line with this progression towards gender equality, some of the highlights of the full programme announcement are a few stellar female artists. Bahrain-born and London-based Yazz Ahmed, whose music fuses her Bahrain heritage with the jazz scene of her London home, is one example of female talent set to play.
Another female-led group on the programme to look out for is Bitches Brew. The group is an initiative run by bass player Emma Smith to give female improvisers a platform to perform. Smith's band Kikazaru, bass player Una McGlone, Pefkin, and harpist Ailie Robertson are all set to play at this event.
Aside from the female talent, a highlight of the programme is the collaborative gig between the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and Trevor Watts. The GIO is one of the most important improvisation groups in Scotland and a collaboration with Watts – a prominent figure on the British free jazz and improvisation scene – will make for an interesting event.