Lee Konitz, Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat among highlights Glasgow Jazz Festival

Lee Konitz, Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat among highlights Glasgow Jazz Festival

Michel Legrand, Zu and Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra also set for festival

A veteran of Miles Davis’ Birth of Cool sessions, Lee Konitz is one of the Festival’s most prestigious bookings. A key player in the development of cool jazz, the alto saxophonist has become more experimental with age. His playing partner, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, has mellowed since his days with Krzysztof Komeda and Cecil Taylor, but his graceful lyricism should be a fine complement to Konitz’s elegant style.

The composer of ‘Windmills of Your Mind’ and the man behind countless film soundtracks, not least Jacques Demy’s unforgettable Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, Michel Legrand is also a virtuoso jazz pianist. This rare live peformance with a swinging trio should be a treat.

Scottish jazz festivals can be criticised for their conservatism, but Glasgow is taking some steps in the right direction with their booking of Italian doom-jazzers Zu. Bassist Massimo Pupillo and saxophonist Luca Mai have serious improv credentials, having worked with Swedish free-jazzer Mats Gustafsson and caught the ear of avant-garde composer John Zorn. Like the Melvins fronted by a woolly mammoth, Zu put the skronk into the sludge.

Always one of the Festival’s more intriguing regulars, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra will be performing throughout the entire Trongate 103 complex, adapting their sound and approach to each space.

Falkirk’s finest, Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, will be performing songs from their long-anticipated album, Everything’s Getting Older at Platform. Wells provides a range of settings for former Arab Strap bard’s darkly humorous ruminations on life, death and sex, from sombre piano jazz to sparkling electronic pop.

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat -- (If You) Keep Me In Your Heart

The Copper Top by Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat -- A Short Song To The Moon


Experimental-math-metal-no-wave-noise-jazz-punk from this Rome-based three-piece; you know the kind of thing. John Zorn is a fan and they've collaborated with Mike Patton and Mats Gustafsson. Part of Glasgow International Jazz Festival 2011

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: GIObabies creative music workshop

GIO welcomes children from 3–5 years old, plus carer, to start the day with a selection of games, songs and new musical creations developed especially for this age group.

Tomasz Stanko

Tomasz Stanko is a Polish national treasure. Please note due to health reasons Lee Konitz has cancelled his appearance. Part of Glasgow International Jazz Festival 2011.

Michel Legrand

His most famous piece of music may be 'Windmills of Your Mind', but Michel Legrand – Oscar-winning film score composer, multiple Grammy winner and collaborator with Miles, Coltrane, Ben Webster, Ray Charles and Bjork – is also one of the great pianists in jazz and a master improviser. Part of Glasgow International Jazz…

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat

Gruff former Arab Strap man Moffat and gentle jazz man Wells tour their new album The Most Important Place In The World, their long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Scottish Album of the Year winner, Everything’s Getting Older.

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