I John Rae Collective and Rachaka Queen‘s Hall. Edinburgh. 6682019. 8.30pm. £6.50/£5; concession £3.50. The musical mix is a rather uneasy one. but there will be much to enjoy in this programme. Rachaka defy easy categorisation. but can make imaginative use of improvisation and jazz-derived elements in their music. The Collective are now firmly established on the Scottish jazz scene. and have made favourable inroads down south with their progressive and exciting post-bop explorations. See preview.
I Iain Ballamy's Balloon Man Henry Wood Hall. Claremont Street. 552 3223. Doors open 7.30. £5 (£3). The saxophonist‘s Scottish Jazz Network tour. which we covered in last issue's preview section. continues in the RSNO‘s converted church. It is by no means an idealjazz venue. but in a city where venues remain the major headache to promotors. it is far from the worst alternative. On past form. Ballamy's bright and varied modern jazz should rise above any limitations. Django Bates on keyboards and tenor horn. Steve Watts on bass. and drummer Martin France complete the line-up. If you are buying the magazine in Edinburgh as we
in time to catch their gig at The Merlin. while the short tour ends at the (‘owdray Hall in Aberdeen on Saturday.
IAb Um Bellshill Cultural Centre. Bellshill. 841831 . 8pm. £2.50. Advance tickets from Booking Centre. Motherwell Civic Centre. 0698 67515. and all Motheryvell District Libraries. The Glaswegian quintet specialise in smooth. ifslightly old-fashioned. fusion in the Wayne Shorter .loe Zawinul vein. but they are able enough musicians if that style isto your taste.
SATURDAY 9 Edinburgh
I Eduardo Nlebla and Antonio Forcione Pleasancc Theatre Bar. The Pleasance. 8pm. £5 (£3) on door. By no means a straight jazz act. but there is more than a ﬂavour of the music locked into this gifted guitar duo‘s eclectic repertoire.
SUNDAY 10 Glasgow
I Howard Alden Society of Musicians. 73 Berkeley Street. 221 61 12. 8pm. £6(£4). American guitarist Howard Alden has
hit the streets on Thursday . you will still be '
emerged as one of the most consistently impressive of the younger jazz musicians who have elected to play in a mainstream style. His melodic and harmonic sense is unfailingly right. and while his guitar technique is excellent. it is never allowed to manifest itself as merely flashy. Alden will be accompanied by the Sandy Taylor Trio. now without the familiar figure of the late Alex Moore. whose sudden death made for a sad start to the year in Scottish jazz circles. The afternoon session features the Tim Barella Big Band at 2.30pm. £1 .
FRIDAY 15 Edinburgh
I Tommy Smith Group with Alex Shaw Queen‘s Hall. Edinburgh. 668 2019. 8.30pm. £6.50 £5; concession £3.50. An unusual setting for the lidinburgh saxophonist. who has chosen to eschew his own music in favour of playing standards with pianist Alex Shaw on this occasion. See preview.
Note: Pub gigs are subject to lreguenl changes, and checking with the venue may be advisable. Musicians and/or venues are asked to let us know it inlorrnation is inaccurate or out of date. or it your gig is not listed. See under Rockior all blues gigs.
I Blacklriars Jazz Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 9pm. Free. Check with venue for detaiis.
I Kurt Wylie Baby Grand. Elmbank (iardens. (‘haring Cross. 248 4942. 9pm. Free. Mainstream piano.
I Glasgow Rhythm Club Unitarian Church. 72 Berkeley Street. 7.45pm. Discussion and music on record. New members are always welcome. Details from Jim Henderson on 334 4225 or Bill Winteron 944 4402.
I Society Session Society of Musicians. 73 BerkeleyStreet. 221 61 12. 2pm. £1. Traditional blowing session.
I Another Hairdo Cafe Drummond. St Vincent Street. 221 6636. l—Spm. Free. Saxophone and piano duo.
I George Penman's Jazzmen Carnegie's. 142 St Vincent Street. 226 3833. 1.30pm. Free. Traditional.
I Bobby Deans Quintet Curlers. 256 Byres Road. 334 1284. 3pm. Free. Mainstream. plus guests.
I George McGowan Orchestra Chubby Chesters. 178 lngram Street. 5520876. 2—5pm. Free. Mainstream big band.
I Basement Trio Brewery Tap. 1055 Sauchiehall Street. 339 8866. 9.30pm. Free. Guitar trio.
I Another Hairdo The Brasserie. West Nile ‘
Street. 8pm. Free. Mainstream tomodern duo.
I Kurt Wylie Baby (irand. Elmbank Gardens. (‘haring Cross. 248 4942. 9pm. Free. Mainstream piano.
I Paisley Arts Jazz The Bar. Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. 12.30pm.
Free. Artists change weekly. Check with i
venue for details.
I Ah Um Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 9pm. Free. Electric quintet.
I Perdido Truants. Hope Street. 332 1469. 8pm. Free. Mainstream and Latin.
I George Penman's Jazzmen Curlers. 256 Byres Road. 334 1284. 8pm. Free. Traditional.
I Bobby Deans Quartet Curlers. 256 Byres Road. 334 1284. 8.30pm. Free. Mainstream. plus guests.
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