I Johnny Scobies 26 London Road. Glasgow Cross. 552 6863. 10pm— 1 am. Live music.


I Bluegrass Special Navaar Hotel. Penicuik. 8pm. £3. American band on tour.

I Traditional Singing Session Edinburgh Folk Club. Osbourne Hotel. York Place. 556 5577. 8pm. £2.30 (£1 .50). Led by special guest Jimmy llutchison. a most engaging and relaxed purveyor of unaccompanied song.

I Rod Paterson St James Oyster Bar. (‘alton Road. opposite St James Centre. Evening. Fine Edinburgh singer/guitarist has a weekly residency.

Traditional ’popular/self penned.

I Happy Daze Malt Shovel. Cockburn Street. 225 6843. Evening. Pub guitar folk duo.

I Folk Band Kitty O‘Sheas. 5(1 George [V Bridge. 225 1681. Evening.

THURSDAY 9 Glasgow

I Version Originaie Star Folk Club. Glasgow Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. 830an Bar. £1.50. French traditional band.

I Johnny Scobies 2o London Road. Glasgow Cross. 552 6863. 10pm— 1 am. Live music.


I Green Tree Cowgate. Evening. Folk scene session. Late bar.

I Jim Knight/Colin Bamage/Bobin Laing Ensign Ewart. Lawnmarket. Evening. Three singer guitarists entertain.

I Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Eveningtill 1.30am. lnformalbasement music.

I Larry and Friends Antiquary. St Stephen Street. Evening. Guitar based folksy blues and swing.

FRIDAY 27 Glasgow

I Hindsight Paisley Arts Centre . New Street. 887 1010. 7.30pm. Bar. Pianist/composer Nicky Hind‘s classical/improvised systems music opus for woodwind and string quartets with keyboards. Well received in Glasgow‘s Third Eye and Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms. the music is built on simple cyclical themes performed with careful attention to rhythm and features two reed soloists.

I George McGowan Trio with Linda Fletcher Blackfriars. Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Evening. Drummer‘s band. lady singer.


I John Scoiield Group Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 9.30pm. £6. Tickets from Queen‘s llall. Usher Hall. and Virgin Records. Princes Street. Standby tickets (£3) available at the door 30mins before performance to Students. OAPs. under 18s and U840. Presented by Platform Jazz. Leading electric guitar stylist returns. but only to Edinburgh thistime. Trailing a long pedigree. that includesa long spell with Miles Davis. he is nominated by many of his peers as ‘the best' and with more of a driving. bluesy


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One established International group and two comparitively young ones, bursting with talent, visit Scotland over the next two weeks.

In Glasgow, Blacklriars Bar, a regular music venue, realised it needed a bigger venue tor the visit oi Canada’s Hugh Fraser Duintet (see photo), and promotes them in the Henry Wood Hall on the 28th.

They really have a tight rhythm section, built round Fraser’s piano, and a wealth of ideas in the play between the alto oi Campbell Byga and Phil Dwyer‘s tenor sax, sometimes taken into even richer pastures by the leader’s trombone skills. The individual members have a great deal of musical experience behind them, both academic and in other line ups, sometimes put together in New York or elsewhere by Fraser’s catalytic personality and compositional skills. it’s not hard to see how this lresh, high energy bop-derived live piece are currently regarded as Canada’s top band. Their new album/CD is aptly titled Looking Up.

In Edinburgh (3d) and Glasgow (2nd), Platlorm brings the very welcome


edge than had been expected, his band played some clever. rhythmic. even funky sets. last time around.

I Melanie D'Beiliy and Francis Cowan, Aye Bar. 80 Queen Street. 2201283.9.30pm. Mainsteam jazz singer and guitarist.

I Alex Shaw Trio Coppers, Cockburn Street. 225 1441. Evening.

I Ken namage Quartet Guildford Arms. West Register Street. 9&12pm. Jimmy Shortreed. clarinettist.‘

I Spirits 0t Rhythm Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace, 337 1006. Evening. Trad band.



I Hugh Fraser Duintet Henry Wood Hall. Claremont Street. 8.30pm. £4.50 (£2). Bar. Tickets from Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 227 5511; Kings Theatre. and Citizens Theatre. First time in Scotland, though they have played Europe, for Canada‘s most dynamic and youthful mode rn jazz group, led by pianist/trombonist and featuring a two-sax front line. See panel.

I Dave McLellan Duintet Curlers, Byrcs Road. Afternoon residency.

I The Big Bands Riverside Club, Fox

return visit 01 Andy Sheppard, rapidly emerging as a distinctive British voice on the tenor sax. Just thirty, his playing reveals an unexpected stamina and passion, and a stream of odd intervals and melodic ideas, never content to just run through the chord changes. The group’s enjoyment and enthusiasm communicate easily, and everyone has a ball. With Andy courtesy oi Red Stripe, the young Scots drummer John nae has reassembled his impressive musician’s Collective. See Guestlist.

The intensity, concentrated energy and commitment are obvious. The piano is the medium. Music is spiritual expression. Dollar Brand became Abduiiah lbrahim, and the music 01 his mentors, Ellington and Monk, was swept up in the ilow oi his own South Airican youth, the church hymns, the dance halls, the Township bands and now with his group Ekaya he iinds his home. The music is dense with an underlying melancholy, that is in no way sad. And the band has the finest 01 players with alto saxophonist and ilautist Carlos Ward in a front line 01 baritone sax and trombone, and marvellous one time Mingus tenor player Ricky Ford. They play Edinburgh on the 30th. (Norman Chalmers)

Street. 248 3144. 2-5pm. £1. Nowtwobig bands in the afternoon. George McGowan Orchestra and Bill Fanning‘s Big Band. Scores of musicians. friends and enthusiasts.

I Duncan Whyte's Jazz Band Studio One. Grosvenor Hotel. Byres Road. Afternoon.

I George Penman's Jazzmen Hatstand. St Vincent Street. Afternoon.

I Blacktriars Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Evening. Tonight And NOW The World.

I lion Moore. Rikki Fernandez La Taverna. Lansdowne Crescent. 339 7077. 8— 1 1pm. I Resident Duanet Glasgow Society Of Musicians, Berkeley Street. 221 61 12. 830-1 1 .30pm. 50p. Bar. Music and dancing.


I Melanie D'Beilly and Francis Cowan, Aye Bar, 80 Queen Street. 220 1283. 9.30pm. Lady singer. broad repertoire . guitar accompaniment.

I Alex Shaw Trio Coppers. Cockburn Street, 225 1441. Evening.

I Geoii Byme Trio Shore Bar. The Shore. Leith, 553 5080. Lunchtime. Various. Music in the bar/restaurant.

I Alex Shaw Trio Platform l.Rutland Street. 225 2433. Lunchtime. Pianist.

I Toto And The Jazz Bostons Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 2—4pm. I Ken Ramage Duartei Guildford Arms. West Register Street. 9—12pm. Jimmy Shortreed. clarinettist.

I That Swing Thang Cafe Biarritz. Frederick Street. 225 5244. Evening. Fifties' swing songs.

I Doctor MacJazz Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. 337 1006. Evening. Trad band.

SEEKE- Glasgow

I Paisley Arts Jazz Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. 12.30—2.30pm. Bar. Free. Live bands.

I Perdido John Street Jam. John Street. 12.30—2.30pm. Mainstream and Latin.

I Dave Wilson And The Uptown Shulllers Bonhams Wine Bar. Byres Road. 357 3424. Lunchtime.

I Frank Boian Duintet The Bar. Tron Theatre. Parnie Street. 552 4267. £1.50 (£1). 1.30—5pm. Tron's weekly jazz scene. I Blackiriars Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Evening. Live music.


I Capital City Jazz Band Crest llotel. Oucensferry Road. 332 2442. 2.30—5.30pm.

I Bonnie Rae Trio Platform 1.Rut1and Street. 225 2433. Lunchtime.

I Jazz Machine Minto Hotel. to Minto Street. 667 1534. 8—1 1pm.

I Waverley Jazz Band Marina 1 lotel. lnverleith Row. 552 2563. 9—1 1 .30pm. Traddies.

I Knights 0t Jazz The Engine Room. Queensferry Street Lane. 225 2142. Evening.

MONDAY 30 Glasgow

I Dave Wilson And The Uptown Shuttlers llobsons. 573 Sauchiehall Street. Evening. Light. entertaining mainstream jazz. Songs too.


I Abdullah Ibrahim Queen's llall.Clerk Street. 9.30pm. £7 (£6). Tickets from Queen's Hall. 668 2019: Usher Hall.and Virgin Records. Princes Street. Formerly Dollar Brand. South Africa's great pianist composer. See panel.

I Edinburgh Jazz Quartet Coppers. Cockburn Street. 225 1441. Evening.

I Suave Maxies Bistro. Nicolson Street 6670845. Clarinet. sax and guitar.

I East Coast Jazz Band Blue Lagoon. Angle Park Terrace. 331 9922. Evening. 9— 12pm. Resident Trad band.

TUESDAY 31 Glasgow

I Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. Evening. Leading saxophonist.

I Zeke's Jazz Company De Quincey‘s. Renfield Street. 333 0633. 9pm.


I Swing '88 Malt Shovel. Cockburn Street. 225 6843. Evening. Two guitars. Hot Club sound with reeds.

I Peristalsis Brothers Negociants. Bristo Square. Evening. Forties and fifties popular swing songs and brass.

I Criterion Jazz Band Fat Sam‘s. Fountainbridge. Evening.

I Louisiana Ragtime Band Navaar House Hotel. Mayfield Gardens. 667 2828. Evening.

I West End Jazz Band Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. 337 1006. Evening. Trad.

I Festival City Jazz Band Merlin. Morningside Road. Evening.

30 The List 27 May 9 June 1988