MONDAY 20 Glasgow
I Gillespies Jazz Spot Gillespies. 26 Cheapeside Street. off Clyde Street. Jive lessons. 8pm. Kll Carey‘s Jazz Band. 9pm. Membership at the door.
I George Penman's Jazz Band (‘arncgies
Jazz Club. 142 St Vincent Street. 226 3833.
9—12pm. Old fashioned trad masters. I Live Jazz (‘hadis Restaurant. 158 Bath Street. 331 2257.
I Jazzworks Live Music The Merlin. Morningside Road. 447 4329. 830-1 1pm. £2.5()(£1.50). Tonight. Ronnie Rae and Neil Warden play rhythmic piano and guitar. and the Sophie Bancroft Duartet. swing the vocals.
I Shore Music The Shore Bar. Restaurant. The Shore. Leith. 9pm. Tonight Hugh and Graham. swing violin and guitar.
I East Coast Jazz Band Blue Lagoon. Angle Park Terrace. 331 9922. Evening. 9—l2pm. Resident Trad band.
I Martin Foster Trio Maxies Bistro. West Nicolson Street. 9pm--midnight.
I Los Madrigales Society OfMusicians. Berkeley Street. 221 61 12. 8pm. £1 .50 (£1). Paraguyan harp and guitar.
I Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. Evening. Leading saxophonist's jazz and fusion band.
I Dig Jan Night Boswell Hotel. Mansion House Road. Langside 8pm. George Ogilvie leads the Trad and Dixie bash. I Jazz Academy Bonhams. Byres Road. 357 3424. Evening.
I Monty's Bar And Diner 1256 Argyle Street. near Kelvin 112111.334 8907. Evening. Live jazz night. mainlyTrad.
I Louisiana Ragtime Band Navaar l louse Hotel. Mayficld Gardens. 667 2828. Evening.
I Shore Music The Shore Bar/Restaurant. The Shore. Leith. 9pm. Tonight Robert Peftlgrew and Kenny Ellis. piano.’double bass.
WEDNESDAY 22 . _
Glasgow I Gillespie’s Nightspot (‘heapside Street.
9—midnight. £1 .50. Mainstream Jazz for dancing and listening with Perdldo.
I Sandy Taylor/Alex Moore Duo Glasgow Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street.
221 6112. 8.30pm. 50p. Bar.
I Bill Kyle's Jan Base L‘Attache. basement of Rutland Hotel. West End. Princes Street. 9pm. Free. Drummer Bill Kyle organises this band. Settled down to a more regular line up ofpianorkeyboards. bass. drums. guitar. brass and reeds. Modern. bop. some mainstream. blues.
I Sophie Bancroft/Spike Wright Three Tuns Wine Vaults. Hanover Street. 8.30—1 1pm. Impressive young lady singer.
I Charlie McNair's Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. Evening. Long lasting Edinburgh band.
THURSDAY 23 . -
I Jeanette Bums/Andy Alston Blackfriars. Bell Street. Merchant City, 552 5924. Evening.
I Jiveass Blues and Boogie Wintersgills. Great Western Road. 8.30—11pm. Great R&B band. Edinburgh‘s Alan Jones with Grant McTavish. plus three ex-Poets.
The biggest and best American cult band make a reluctant lunge for respectability on Sunday 12, when they are profiled by ‘The South Bank Show‘, alongside other luminaries of the New York art-rock scene like John Zorn. Unfortunately, their celebrated ‘Teenage Riot’ video doesn't appear, but the reportedly ‘embarrassing‘ ‘Death Valley '69’ video from a few years back does.
I say a reluctant lunge, because Sonic Youth (guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo, bassist Kim Gordon and drummer Steve Shelley) have always been set on deflating their reputation as the darlings of the rock intelligentsia - most prominently via the long-running gag of their alter-ego Ciccone Youth, the form in which they can indulge their love of junk pop (particularly Madonna) and daft gestures, culminating in The Whitey Album, which received mixed reviews from theirformerchampions. But they've never been a band to take the obvious option.
Sonic Youth’s distinguishing feature is the way they use their armoury of guitars. Set in tunings which would have many guitarists running to check their insurance policies before they
dared abuse their instruments in such a way, they sound like nothing else around; metallic, rough-edged and often incredibly beautiful, with chords, overtones and harmonics you won’t hear anywhere else. And this is before Thurston has begun beating his strings with a drumstick, or Lee has placed his famous screwdriver behind the ninth
fret. Their recent single with Mudhoney,
the support group on the tour, is split one side apiece, with each band doing a cover of one of the other’s songs. It could be looked at, if you were that way inclined, as a conceptual follow-up to their John Peel session last year, when
they recorded a selection of Fall songs — a compliment Mark E. Smith is not planning to return.
Sonic Youth is the place where punk rock meets progressive rock, flower power and the no wave composer/artist underground. Occasionally, as on the head-scratching ‘Master Dik' single they can get too carried away on their own trip, but moments like that are balanced by LPs like ‘Slster‘ and last year's double set ‘Daydream Nation', where the haunting webs of sound are twisted into neck-snapping rills that match anything currently being produced in rock.
Both in sound and attitude Sonic Youth run contrary to the pack, and they're making compelling music, with its roots firmly in the present. Those who saw their blistering show the last time they came to Scotland (a few days after Iggy Pop had joined them onstage in London for an encore of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’) will be turning that they've chosen to take a day off ratherthan play another Scottish show. Strathclyde University on Saturday 18 will be the only chance to see them for a while, so set the video to capture ‘The South Bank Show’ in the meantime. (Mab)
I Gordon Fyfle Trio Afton llotel. Grosvenor Crescent. Evening.
I Criterion Jazz Band Fat Sams. Fountainbridge. Evening.
I Templehall Stampers Temple ilotel. Esplanade. Joppa. 669 4264. Evening. Trad and dixie residents. Good fun. Busy. older crowd.
I Shore Music The Shore Bar Restaurant. The Shore. Leith. 9pm. Tonight Pschyco Blue. laid-back piano/female vocalist.
I Joe Capaldl Duartet Brandos. Blair Street. Evening.
FRIDAY 10 ' Glasgow
I The Stray Cats Queen Margaret Union. University Gardens. 339 9784. Suitable headlining act for Comic Relief night. and appropriately some of the proceeds from this gig are going to that very charity.
I Dig George and the Business La Taniere. 15 Fox Street. 221 4844. 9pm. Free. First of two regular weekend gigs for the legendary Big George whose live album may. perhaps. possibly. be in a shop near you sometime within the next twelve months!
I Boxing Clever Queen Margaret College. Clerwood Terrace. 339 8111. Doors open 8pm. All money raised to Comic Relief. Up—and-coming local band. strong songs. I Then Jerico Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place, 557 2590. 7.30pm. £6.50. £5.50. A group set on toppling Simple Minds from their lofty pedestal. The last single carried an unremarkable tune, but was rousing stuff. none the less. I Alien Sex Fiend Venue. Calton Road.
557 3073. Back from his recent TV role in How to he (00/. Nik Fiend and co return to the British live arena. lfwe can believe them they've been doing stormineg well
abroad. while everyone except wrinkled goths have forgotten them here. All is set to change. they say. with their new release. ‘Haunted l lotise‘.
are dave o'hlggins john 9. smith mike bradley
appearingat: Queens Hall 10th March
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