TUESAY 6 Glasgow
I 0840 SECC. Finnieston Quay. 248 3000. UB40 seem to have lost their spirit after the death of core member Earl Falconer. Whereas the early records captured the buoyant charm ofpals that simply enjoyed playing music together. lately they sound fat. lazy. uninspired and bored. 1 believe their latest release is an album entitled Cashing In On Cover Versions. but 1 could be wrong.
I The Acoustic River Detectives Cumbernauld Theatre. 7.45pm. £5. Part of a season of Scottish music at the Cumbernauld. Should be interestingto see Sammy and Danny-boy on theirown. I The Fat Lady Sings Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. See Mon 5.
I The Thin Men The Shelter. 7 Renfrew Court. 332 6231. Energetic rock that‘s probably been shaped by The Clash at some stage. but shows a wider range of influences than that. if that sounds like your bag. then there‘s no reason for you 'not to go along.
I Blow-Up Minstrel's. 66 Broomielaw. Cherry Red Records have picked this lot up. after several independent releases over the last few years. and have already released a breezy and rather good single by them. entitled ‘Forever Holiday‘. Support is not yet confirmed. but it is hoped that Perspex Whiteout will play. I Swing and Melanie Mciiattie Napoleon‘s. 128 Merrylee Road. 637 5238. See Tues 27. Melanie McHaffie is a young soul/gospel singer with a very powerful voice but lacks strong material to back it up.
I Spandau Ballet Playhouse Theatre. Grecnside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £12. £10. They haven‘t got rid ofTony Hadley yet. the main obstacle to my ever enjoying anything of Spandau‘s.
I The Bootsie Tootsie Blues Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 225 2078. 9.30pm. Free. Residency.
I Savana Lamar Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Latin~tinged Spanish pop.
I Los Supremos St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free.
I Hit Rat Rutland No 1. Rutland Street. 229 3402. Commercial cover versions.
I The Lovebird Trio BB‘s Basement Bar. Barony Street. 5568240. 5—7pm. 8—1 1pm. Free. See Fri 23.
I Live music L'Odeon. George 1V Bridge. 225 1681. 9pm. Free.
I Live music Oblomov‘s. North Bank Street. The Mound. 2200054. 9pm. Free.
I The Sharlatons King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. 272 St Vincent Street. 221 5279.
I Irah Hayes Shelter. 7 Renfrew Court. 332 6231. Lucy Johnstone exercises her fine set of pipes in an easy listening (in the nicest way) set.
I Live music Fixx. 86 Miller Street. 248 2859.
I Highlander Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. See Mon 26.
I The Fat Lady Sings Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. See Mon 5.
I Blow-Up Finsbury Park. South St Andrew Street. 556 1020. See Tues 6. Support is not yet confirmed. but it is hoped that Root Love will play.
I Spit the Pips Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
I The Bootsies Duo L‘Odeon. George [V Bridge. 225 1681. See Fri 23.
I 7—11 Three Tuns. Hanover Street 225 5412. 7.30pm. Free. Rock and blues.
I Cadillac Chesterfields. Royal Terrace. 556 6918. Stripped-down Bluefinger
I The Lovebird Trio BB‘s Basement Bar. Barony Street. 556 8240. 5—7pm. 8—1 1pm. Free. See Fri 23.
I Live music L'Odeon. George 1V Bridge. 225 1681 . 9pm. Free. Phone for details.
I Live music St James Oyster Bar. 557 2925. 9pm. Free.
THURSDAY 8 Glasgow
I Carmel Pavilion Theatre. 121 Renfield Street. 332 1846. Touring behind her uneven fourth album Set Me Free. Carmel probably comes across better live than on vinyl (or CD. whatever your poison).
I Taylor. Firth and Sheridan King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. 272 St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 10pm.
I Glass Onion Esquire House. 1487 Great Western Road. 334 9491. See Fri 23.
I Last Minute Solid Rock Cafe. Hope Street. See Sat 3.
I Rockhouse Halt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Halfthc fun of the Rockhouse nights is finding out who‘s actually going to be playing. The River Detectives and Kev McDermott. among others. have turned up forinformal sets. and if no one ‘of note' feelslike turning up. there‘s always someone around to play.
I Rollin' Joe Gillespie's. 26 Cheapside Street (off Broomielaw). Residency.
I Summerhill and Work Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Summerhill haven‘t really gone out of their way to escape the REM comparisons that have dogged them thus far. judging from the material from their forthcoming album. but somehow that doesn‘t seem to matter anymore. Perhaps they‘re just naturally and without fuss outgrowing their influences. lfthey haven‘t had a Texas-sized hit by the end of the year I‘ll be most surprised. but lwon‘t eat my hat if 1 can in any way avoidit.
I The Shamen Wilkie House. Holyrood Road. 556 8455. Ever the aspiring dancefloor artistes. The Shamen recently started their ‘hypnotronic‘ club Synergy in London. This is the first date of ashort Scottish tour. and probably won't be too different from their last appearance up here (in which i thought they acquitted themselves quite admirably).
I The Bootsies Duo Ryries. Haymarket Terrace. 337 7582. See Fri 23.
I Johnny Sunbeam Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 225 2078. 9.30pm. Free. Adroitly performed adult pop.
I Live music Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
I Live music Rutland No 1. Rutland Street. 229 3402. Chart cover band and golden oldies disco.
I The Lovebird Trio BB‘s Basement Bar. Barony Street. 556 8240. 5—7pm. 8—11pm. Free. See Fri 23.
I Live music Sessions. The Cowgate. 225 9916.
I Live music George [V Bridge. 225 1681. 9pm. Free. Phone for details.
I Live music Oblomov‘s. North Bank Street. The Mound. 220 0054. 9pm. Free. I Live music Globe. West Port. 2294553. 9pm. Free.
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I Blacktrlars Jazz 36 Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 9pm. Free. Modern mainstream jazz from Feel Free.
I Charlie Proppa Baby Grand, Elmbank Gardens. Charing Cross. 248 1942. Piano bar music from 8.30pm.
I Glasgow Rhythm Olub Unitarian Church. 72 Berkeley Street. 7.45pm. New members and visitors welcome. Talks and discussions with records.
I George Penman’s Jazzmen State Bar. Holland Street 332 2159. 9pm—midnight. Popular Glasgow Dixielanders.
I hideaway Blues Band McSorleys. Jamaica Street 221 8499. 8.30pm. Blues/soul in regular spot.
I Eberhard Weber a Chick Lyall Group Queen‘s Hall, Clerk Street. 6682019. 8.30pm. £6.50 (£5). First solo appearance by the German bass maestro, who has already won a following here through his ECM releases. and his visits with Jan Garbarek. Excellent Glasgow pianist and his new group share the bill. See Preview. I Alpha Jazz Quartet Ellersley House Hotel. Ellersley Road. Corstorphine. 337 6888. 8—1 1pm.
I The Shelter 7 Renfrew Court. off Renfrew Street. 332 6231 . 8pm—round midnight. Concessions. New regular venue. cafe/bar/theatre, hopes to cater for the younger set. This week The Jan Academy with The Shelter Sound. Admission varies according to performance.
I Bill Fanning Orchestra Society of Musicians, Berkeley Street, 221 6112. 2pm. Glenn Miller sounds from resident band. Non-members £1 .
I George Penman's Jazzmen Carnegie's. 142 Vincent Street. 226 3833. Afternoon session from the popular Glasgow trad outfit. now augmented by trumpeter Alex Dalgleish.
I Bo Weevil Blackfriars, Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Free. 9pm. Electric blues.
I George McGowan Orchestra Chubby Chesters. 178 Ingram Street, 5520876. 2—5pm. Free. Popular drummer-led Glasgow outfit play the classic big band repertoire.
I Charlie Proppa Baby Grand. Elmbank Gardens. Charing Cross. 248 1942. Piano bar music from 8.30pm.
I Dave McLellan’s Jazz OuintetCurlers, Byres Road. 334 1284. Trad in the afternoon.
I Tommy Hulcup's Jazz Band Rolls Royce Club. Paisley Road 449 0684. 1.30—4pm Regulars on the trad scene in afternoon residency.
I Toto And The Jazz Bostons Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 2—4pm. Free.
I Platform 1 Caledonian Hotel. Rutland Street. 225 2433. 12.30—2pm. Superb mainstream pianist Alex Shaw leads his trio. 1n the evening the aptly-named Groove Orchestra, minus Woodrow Wilson. but still giving the goods.
I Dr MacJazz Basin Street, Haymarket. 8.30pm. Free. Popular trad six-piece residency.
SUNDAY 25 Glasgow
I Paisley Arts Jan Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. 12.30pm. Free. Jazz from Stephen Goutts.
I Tim Barella Big Band Society of Musicians. Berkeley Street. 221 6112. 2.30pm. Non-members £1. Evening session at 8.30pm features Trad from Tommy Hulcup's Happy Jazzmen.
I Ah Umm Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 9pm. Five-piece Latin/fusion band led by Filipino alto sax player.
I George Penman's Jazzmen Curlers. Byres Road. 334 1284. Popular Glasgow Dixielanders from 8.30— 10.50pm.
I Triology Princes Square. Buchanan Street. 2—4pm. Jazz for shopping to on a Sunday afternoon.
I Danish Radio Big Band Assembly Rooms. George Street. Edinburgh. 8pm. £7 (£5.50). Among the elite contemporary big bands. the creative spirit ofthe late Thad Jones still presides over their brilliant. imaginative arrangements. Tickets available on door one hour before gig. or from Queen's Hall box-office (668 2019) and Virgin. Princes Street. See Preview.
I Capital Jazz Band Crest Hotel. Queensferry Road. 332 2442. 2—5pm.
I Barony Jazz Barony Bar, Broughton Street. 557 0546. Live band. 8.30—11pm. I The Spirits of Rhythm Stair Arms Hotel. Pathhead 0875 320277 1—4pm. Sunday afternoon New Orleans.
I The Climax Jan Band Glencairn Hotel, Royal Circus 225 5218. 5—7pm. Tendentiously titled residents serve up New Orleans jazz.
MONDAY 26 Glasgow
I Glllespie's 26 Cheapside Street. off Broomielaw. 221 7704. 9pm. Kitcarey’s Jan Band serve up trad/New Orleans/mainstream.
I Bobby Deart’ s Jazz Quartet Curlers. Byres Road, 334 1284. Mostly modern from 8.30—10.50pm.
I East Coast Jan Band Blue Lagoon. Angle Park Terrace. 337 9922. Evening. 9pm-midnight. Resident trad band.
I Le Jan Hot Maxies Bistro. West Nicolson Street. 667 0845. 9pm—midnight. Resident 1930s-style small swing band.
I] ESDAY 27 G asgow
I Jazz Woman Halt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Part ofthe week-long Wine, Women a Song festival— singing a slow contented song. they say. I Bill Finlayson Baby Grand, Elmbank Gardens. Charing Cross. 248 1942. Piano bar music from 8.30pm.
I Jan Night Boswell Hotel. Mansion House Road, Langside. 632 9674. 8pm. Trumpeter George Ogllvie leads Trad and Dixie night.
I Hideaway Blues Band Curlers, Byres Road. 334 1284. Blues/soul band in regular spot .
I Jim Mullen/Bobby Welllns Sextet Merlin Lounge. Morningside Road. Edinburgh. 8pm. £5 (£4). Scottish Jazz Network bring the expatriate Glaswegian guitarist and saxophonist back home for a short tour. See preview.
I Swing '90 Malt Shovel. Cockbum Street. 9pm. Django-inspired swing quartet. with Dick Lee on reeds and Spike Wright on lead guitar.
I Louisiana Bagtlme Band Navaar House
Hotel. Mayfield Gardens. 667 2828.
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