LATIN Damlo Perez Trio McEwan’s Old Fruitmarket, Sat 5 Jul.
Danilo Perez may not be a name which strikes an instant chord of recognition on this side of the Atlantic, but the young Panamanian pianist made one of the best records of last year in his dazzling Panamonk (Impulse). It
brought together two distinct fascmations in one compelling package.
'My concept was to do a tribute to the mum of Thelonious Monk, but also to maintain my own roots, and my integrity,’ says Perez. ’ivtonk was a genius of improwsing and composmg, and he really understood the way the African drum was transformed in the United States — his rhythms are
Danilo Perez: the pianist from Panama
incredible. At the same time, his music is a middle point for combining jazz With Latin rhythms, and I was trying to link up all of those things in an organic way.’
Perez opens a night devoted to Latin jazz, but is a little wary of that catch-all phrase being applied indiscriminater to the rich variety of idioms and rhythms from the southern half of the Americas and the Caribbean.
’1 think we need to be aware of not falling into a formula. When you say Latin jazz, it should be a big statement, not just a marketing concept. What I’m domg is more jazz Latin, trying to incorporate Latin rhythms into jazz. The perception of Latin jazz is still very narrow — it's important to remember that what I do is only part of a very large culture.’ (Kenny Mathieson)
Glasgow International Jazz Festival runs from Fri 27 Jun-Sun 6 Jul.
I The Ticket Centre 60 Candleriggs. Mon-Sat. 9.30am-6.30pm; Sun. noon—5pm
Tickets are also available at all TicketLink outlets.
I The Ticket Centre 0141 287 5511. Mon—Sat. 9am-9pm; Sun. noon-5pm.
Available by postal application - see festival brochure for booking form:
I Whole Shebang All concerts at the McEwan's Old Fruitmarket and City Halls. Fri 27 Jun—Sun 6Ju1. £150.
I Weekender All concerts at the McEwan‘s Old Fruitmarket. Fri 27—Sun 29; Fri 4-Sun 7; £55 each.
I Bar 91 91 Candleriggs. 552 5211.
I Blackfriars 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. I Bourbon Street 108 George Street. 552 014 I.
I The Brewhouse 18 John Street.
I CCA 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521. I City Halls Candleriggs. 287 5511.
I City Merchant 97 Candleriggs,
I Fiddler's Court 45—47 Bell Street. 552 3539.
I Fire Station 33 Ingram Street.
I Gallery of Modern Art Royal Exchange Square. 229 1996.
I Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511.
I Inn On The Green 22 Greenhead Street. 554 0165.
I McChuIll's 40 High Street. 552 2135. I McEwan's Old Fruitmarket Albion Street. 287 5511.
I Marriott Hotel 500 Argyle Street. 226 5577.
I Pizza Express 151 Queen Street. 221 3333.
I Princes Square Buchanan Street.
I P. S. Waverley Anderston Quay. 287 5511.
I Ramshorn Theatre 98 Ingram Street. 552 3489.
I RG'S 73 Queen Street. 221 2200.
I The 13th Note Glassford Street. 553 1638.
I Tron Theatre 36 Pamie Street.
Glasgow International Jazz Festival
Glasgow Jazz Festival listings compiled by Kenny Mathison.
I Martin Taylor McEwan's Old Fruitmarket. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). [I has altnost become traditional to open this festival with the great Ayr-based guitarist. but they ring the changes a bit this year by matching him with a French contingent of guitarists Babik Reinhardt (son of [)jango) and Romane. and bass player Jean-Phillipe Viret (from Stephane Grappelli's trio). rather than any of his usual contexts.
I Chaser with Groove Collective Mcl—Zwan's ()ld Fruitmarket. 10.30pm. £10. A treat for fans of the mighty New York-based funk-masters Groove Collective. who headline a live club night also featuring Glasgow's D. S. Murray Quartet. plus the Jazz Cotech dancers. and DJs.
I Riverboat Shufﬂe P. Waverley. 7.30pm. £16. Sail doon the watter to a traditional jazz accompaniment from Batchelors of Jazz. George Penman's Jazzmen and Summit Jazzy.
I Carol Kidd Bourbon Street. 8.30pm. £9.50: dinner package £29.50. The singer takes Up a nightly residence throughout the festival. and will feature her usual combination of couthy patter with classy. sophisticated song interpretations.
I Blues Shouter The Brewhouse. 9pm. £2 on door. Blues band featuring singer Connie Lush. plus Eric Cuthbertson supporting.
I Holly Slater Quartet Pizza Express. 9.30pm. £7. Scottish debut appearance for this excellent saxophonist. winner of last year's inaugural Sun Alliance Young British Jazz Musician of the Year competition.
I Tom McNiven Quintet Ramshorn Theatre. Doors 9.30pm. band 10pm. £4 (£3) on door. Coincidentally. trumpeter Tom McNiven won the Scottish final of this year's Sun Alliance contest (see entry above). and goes on to the UK final in September. Tonight he leads his regular punchy hard bop quintet.
I Harvey Thomson Bourbon Street.
I 1.30pm—3am (no admission after lam). £3. American singer Harvey Thomson returns for a late-night residence throughout the festival.
I Repercussion Jury's Jazzmobile. George Square. Noon—2pm. Free. Jury‘s Jazzmobile will be out and about during the first weekend of the festival. starting with this all-women percussion outfit.
I Kit Carey's Jazzband J ury‘s Jazzmobile. Victoria Park. 5-—7pin. Free. Dixieland.
I Jazz Ronnie RG's. 8pm. Funky jazz. I Kung Funk 13th Note. 8.30pm. Free. Jazz funk.
I Hot Club City Merchant. 9pm. Free. Swing trio.
I Oissen'tangoed Bar 91. 9.30pm. Free. Jazz funk.
I Hip Operation McChuill‘s. 10pm. Free. Traditional-ish!
I Late Night Jazz Club Marriott Hotel. 11pm. Free. For many. this is the essential festival experience. and it can get pretty crowded. Fionna Duncan and her trio are the house band. and there is a good chance ofcatching some of the festival's big names in unbuttoned jamming mood.
I AMM Gallery of Modern Art. 3pm. Free. A rare opportunity to hear one of the crucial free jazz groups on the UK improvisation scene. and it‘s free in both senses — there is no charge for this concert in the Fire Gallery. The trio feature completely improvised
performances from Keith Rowe (guitar). John Tilbury (piano) and Eddie Prevost (percussion).
I Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra McEwan's Old Fruitmarket. 3pm. £5. Bobby Wishart usually has his troops turned out in good order. and armed with attractive modern big band charts.
I Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau McEwan‘s Old Fruitmarket. 7.30pm. £14(£12). Hitting the high notes has been second nature to the Canadian trumpeter right frotn the start. Essentially a big band man. but this group is a nice compromise. giving him the sonic fullness and textural richness of a full band. but in a more tour-friendly ten- piece format.
I Kenny Wheeler with Scottish Jazz Composers Ensemble McEwan‘s Old Fruitmarket. 10.30pm. £12 (£10). Kenny Wheeler hasjust made one of the best albums of his illustrious career in Angel Song (ECM). but the trumpeter will be heard on this occasion as a guest of the newa constituted SJCO. another of Tommy Smith‘s fruitful creations. its aim is to feature the work of Scottish composers. but Kenny's charts are likely to figure too.
I Carol Kidd Bourbon Street. 8.30pm. See Fri 27.
I Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes The Brewhouse. 9pm. £5. Popular Scottish blues outfit. with support from K. T. Blues Band.
I Picante Pizza Express. 9.30pm. £6. Drummer Ken Mathieson‘s Latin jazz quintet. featuring alto saxophonist Jimmy Woods and trumpeter Donald Corbett.
I Green Room Ramshorn Theatre. 10pm. £4 (£3). An adventurously experimental new music trio. with Chick l.yall (piano). George Lyle (double bass). and David Garrett‘s unique self- constructed ercussion instruments.
I Harvey T omson Bourbon Street. 11.30pm. See Fri 27.
I Youth Jazz Day Ramshorn Theatre. 10am—4pm. Free. A chance for young musicians to play and get some feedback from professional jazz musicians. but it is open to the public to come along. listen in. and give some moral support. I George Ogilvie’s Oixielanders Jury's Jazzmobile. Maryhill Shopping Centre. Noon-2pm. Free. Traditional.
I Repercussion Jury‘s Jazzmobile. Kelvingrove Park. 5—7pm. Free. Percussion group.
I Jazz Ronnie RG's. 8pm. Funky jazz. I Where It's Att 13th Note. 8.30pm. Free. Jazz funk.
I Four Bar 91. 9.30pm. Free. Jazz funk. I Skunkfunk Fiddler‘s Court. 9.30pm. Free. Jazz funk.
I Stone Drum McChuill's. 9.30pm. Free. Jazz-dance fusion.
I Frelon Brun Blackfriars. 10pm. Free. Jazz—jungle fusion.
I Late Night Jazz Club Marriott Hotel. 11pm. Free. See Fri 27.
I Cleo Laine and John Dankworth with Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 7.30pm. £20. £18. Two doyens of Britishjazz. the husband and wife team ofsinger Cleo Laine and saxophonist. composer and arranger John Dankworth. team up with the SNJO for the first time.
I Nat Adderley Quintet McEwan‘s Old Fruittnarket. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). Adderley‘s cornet playing contributed a great deal to the classic quintet he co-led with his brother. the great Cannonball Adderley. in the late 50s and early 60s. and his current band will reflect the continuing appeal of the hard bop idiom. The ace rhythm team of Walter Booker (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) also came otit of that era. while Rob Bargad (piano) and Mark Gross (alto sax) belong to a newer bop generation.
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