The Glasgow Jazz Festival returns for its 33rd edition, with over 300 international and homegrown musicians playing over 40 gigs covering jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B, electronic and world music. Opening night features English vocalist and songwriter David McAlmont at St Luke’s with Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall, a tribute to the jazz diva inspired by her legendary 1956 concert. McAlmont will give his unique interpretations of the catalogue and quote from Holiday’s life story, Lady Sings the Blues.
Another favourite festival venue, the Old Fruitmarket, hosts Ethiopian musician/ arranger Mulatu Astatke, known as the father of Ethio-jazz, as well as some of Scotland’s most exciting young jazz bands.
Several new venues this year include the Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre, where Herschel 36 will play their electronic soundscapes live to the 1925 German silent film, ‘Wunder Der Schöpfung’ (‘Miracle of Creation’) under the planetarium’s spectacular fulldome digital projection system.
Other new venues are House for an Art Lover, the Rost nightclub and The Blue Arrow jazz club, which closes the festival with Brooklyn singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin, daughter of jazz royalty Bobby, with her soulful take on a cappella.
For the second year running, the festival ensures that over half of the acts include female musicians as part of a pledge to the Keychange initiative to achieve a 50:50 gender balance at festivals by 2022.