■ MOJO The Bongo Club, Moray House, 37 Holyrood Road, 558 7604. 7pm. £5. Aka Medics Original Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece big band from Sheffield playing classic big band tunes mixed with contemporary jazz, Latin and funk. ■ World Premiere Quintet The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8pm. £4 (£3). A different selection of five leading jazz players come together for each session with no rehearsal. ■ Late’n’Live The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11.30pm–3am. £5 (£3). See Fri 3.
Glasgow FREE Perdido The Inn, 2 Station Road, 942 6752. 8–11pm. See Sun 5. ■ Jazz on a Winter Evening Café Cossachok, 10 King Street/Trongate 103, 553 0733. 9pm. £6. Leading finger-style guitarist Marcus Ford is joined by fellow guitarist and singer Chris Clark for an evening of popular jazz with a festive flavour. Edinburgh FREE Tinderbox Project The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 4pm. Open rehearsal for this 30-piece orchestra of young players with tutors/mentors from some of Edinburgh’s best rock, funk, jazz and indie players. FREE Lorna Reid & Graeme Stephen Café Grande, 184 Bruntsfield Place, 228 1188. 7pm. Cool and classy vocalist Reid, with guitarist Stephen. ■ The Bevvy Sisters and Sharon King 28 York Place, 7.30pm. £10. The richly-seasoned harmonies of the Bevvy Sisters provide an alternative take on folk and swing songs. ■ Stormy Sunday Blues Night The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8pm. £4 (£3). Blues night featuring James Carr & The Engines, Mike Parker & Stretch Dawson and James Hunt. FREE The Whighams Jazz Club Whighams Wine Cellars, 13 Hope Street, Charlotte Square, 225 8674. 8pm. See Sun 5.
■ The Sunday Night Sinners The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11pm. £2 (£1). See Sun 5. Melrose ■ Borders Big Band Wynd Theatre, 7 The Wynd, 01896 820028. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). Celebrate the era of the Big Band with the hugely popular music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and many other favourites.
Monday 13 Edinburgh FREE Ron Carruthers Henderson’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 94 Hanover Street, 225 2131. 7pm. See Mon 6. ■ The Jazz Bar Big Band The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 7.30pm. £4 (£3). See Mon 6. ■ Glamour & The Baybes The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11pm. £2 (£1). See Mon 6.
Edinburgh ■ The Six O’Clock Blues The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Donation. See Tue 7. FREE Steve Tyler Henderson’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 94 Hanover Street, 225 2131. 7pm. See Tue 7. ■ Great Jazz Jam Session The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8pm. £2 (£1). See Tue 7. ■ Tuesday Heartbreak Live Funkout The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers St, 220 4298. 11pm. £2 (£1). See Tue 7.
Wednesday 15 Glasgow FREE Celebrate Christmas! Barony Hall, Rottenrow East, 353 8000. 3–4pm. Strathclyde Uni’s annual concert of carols, with the University Chorus and BA Applied Music Jazz Orchestra, and David Hamilton on the new Baroque pipe organ. ■ Swingin’ into Christmas RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £10 (£7). Once again,
singers from the Musical Theatre programme are joined by the RSAMD Big Band in a festive programme that’s sure to get your toes a-tapping. ■ Live Jazz Tchai-Ovna House of Tea, 42 Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. £2. A mixture of standards and originals played on guitar, drums and saxophone. Edinburgh FREE Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 3pm. See Wed 8. ■ Mike Kearney Ka-Tet The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11pm. £2 (£1). See Wed 8.
Thursday 16 Glasgow ■ RSNO: Big Band Christmas Party Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £12–£32 (£6–£16). See in a swinging Christmas as Eliot Murray directs the RSNO Big Band through an eclectic and enjoyably cheesy selection of seasonal tunes, including Silent Night and Les Brown’s The Swingin’ Nutcracker. With star trumpeter Bruce Adams. ■ Swingin’ into Christmas RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £10 (£7). See Wed 15.
Edinburgh FREE Desafinado Henderson’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 94 Hanover Street, 225 2131. 7pm. See Thu 2. ■ Jazz Bar Quartet The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8pm. £4 (£3). See Fri 10. ■ The Freaky Family The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11pm. £2 (£1). See Thu 2. Falkirk ■ Todd Gordon’s White Christmas Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, 01324 506850. 8pm. £12–£14 (under 16s £8). Stylish, smooth and super seasonal, Gordon sings Sinatra-style festive favourites.
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Glasgow ■ The Porch Song Anthology Brel, Ashton Lane, 342 4966. 7.30pm. £4. Local guys Gavin Laird, Rachel Devine, Raymond Prior and JC Devine bring their wistful folksy, country and indie sounds as PSA launch their new single ‘Christmas is Cold’. ■ Femi Kuti & The Positive Force The Arches, Argyle Street, 565 1000. 8.30pm. £17.50. Celebrated son of Nigerian star Fela Kuti, Femi plays sax, trumpet, keyboard and is a songwriter and vocalist (and a voice on Grand Theft Auto) and here leads his Afrobeat/jazz outfit. Edinburgh ■ AfroCubism Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £19.50–£24.50. The Buena Vista Social Club was originally meant to be a very different album: in 1996 a group of musicians from Mali were due to fly to Havana and collaborate with some of Cuba’s finest. The Malians never made it, but the replacement sessions became a hugely successful album and international phenomenon anyway. In what will be a memorable night of music, the original Afro-Cuban line-up has been brought together to release an album and tour internationally. The seven-strong lineup includes some of the greatest players from Mali and Cuba, including kora maestro Toumani Diabate. ■ Dar Williams The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Pleasance, 556 6550. 7.30pm. £13. Singer and guitarist, for years a major voice and influence on the New England and US folk scene.
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra
For those not in the know, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra is a group of around 20 folk, all from a wide range of musical backgrounds, who dedicate themselves to exploring the music made possible by experimentalism and improvisation. It’s a path they’ve been following since late 2002, managing to earn a healthy international reputation along the way for having a wonderfully inventive approach to music. This month they host their third GIO Festival at CCA, which includes talks, film screenings and live performances, including one special rendition of Barry Guy’s Schweben, featuring a recording of dearly departed Scots poet Edwin Morgan. ■ CCA, Glasgow, Fri 10–Sun 12 Dec. See www.glasgowimprovisersorchestra.com for more info. 78 THE LIST 2–16 Dec 2010