- Kenny Mathieson
- 25 June 2009
The Homegrown showcase at the Glasgow Jazz Festival is now in its fifth year and offers an opportunity to both the public and a number of invited promoters and agents to catch up with the latest work of a range of Scotland’s best musicians.
More established names featured in the programme include guitarist Nigel Clark, bassist Mario Caribe, trumpeter Colin Steele, saxophonist Paul Towndrow, pianist Steve Hamilton and drummer Stu Brown’s excellent Raymond Scott Project.
Emerging talents include bassist Calum Gourley and saxophonist Joe Wright, who wil be joined by Julian Argüelles for his concert.
The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, already a notable arena for developing young talent, will also be featured, as will singer Subie Coleman.
Concerts take place in the Ramshorn Thetare, the Recital Rooms of the City Hall, and the Tron Theatre’s Vic Bar, and are moderately priced.
Two rather more lavish concerts at the Old Fruitmarket that same weekend provide further reminders of the talent pool available on the Scottish scene. Trumpeter Ryan Quigley leads a Big Band on Saturday with special guest Justin Currie, and on Sunday the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra present a double bill of Tommy Smith’s expansive arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (released on CD to coincide with the concert) and their Buddy Rich tribute.
This year’s festival will also include the presentation of the inaugural Scottish Jazz Awards at the Tron Theatre (Mon 22 Jun).
Various venues, Glasgow, Sat 27 & Sun 28 Jun