Best of British Jazz Showcase
- Kenny Mathieson
- 16 September 2009
The Europe Jazz Network is an association of producers and presenters of contemporary jazz and improvised music from all across Europe. It has gone through significant changes since it was first launched in 1987, but is now thriving, with Nod Knowles – a former head of the music department at the Scottish Arts Council – as its current president.
The EJN has chosen Glasgow for its annual General Assembly this month, and Jill Rodger and her team at the Glasgow Jazz Festival have joined forces with Jazz Services in London to mount a Best of British Jazz Showcase, a series of bargain-priced concerts over three nights in the Strathclyde Suite and Old Fruitmarket.
‘The jazz community in Scotland is delighted that the Europe Jazz Network have chosen to come here for their Assembly,’ says Jill, ‘and while they were here we wanted to treat them – and the public – to a fantastic showcase of the very best in Scottish and British jazz’.
Each concert features a number of different artists, including a Glasgow debut for Phil Bancroft’s Home, Small As the World project, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s acclaimed Rhapsody in Blue, and sets from Stu Brown’s Raymond Scott Project, the Ryan Quigley Sextet, Neon with Stan Sulzmann, the Tomorrow’s Warriors offshoot Rhythmica and Paul Towndrow’s Neology, among others.
The Oshi Restaurant at the Park Inn Hotel will host a late club on all three nights, adding to the mini-festival feel.
Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow, Thu 24 Sep; Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Fri 25–Sat 26 Sep.