Glasgow Jazz Festival unveils 2022 program of events

The Glasgow Jazz Festival has unveiled its program for 2022, as it makes its long-awaited return to the city with a full suite of performances from some of the best jazz musicians on the scene.

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The four-day festival will run from Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19, 202 at 24 venues across the city.

Performances by some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B and world music will take place on stages across Glasgow.

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Due to the pandemic and accompanying Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 and 2021 festivals have been adapted to digital offerings, so this will be the first time the event has taken place with an in-person audience since 2019.

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Legendary American jazz bassist Buster Williams will play St Luke’s with his star quartet, including jazz funk drummer Lenny White, on the festival’s closing night.

Perhaps best known as an early member of pianist Herbie Hancock’s early 1970s band, Williams was also the accompanist of choice for many vocalists, including Nancy Wilson with whom he toured extensively throughout throughout his career. Williams has worked on several film soundtracks and TV commercials – including commercials for Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Old Spice.

The Glasgow Jazz Festival is delighted to welcome award-winning jazz trumpeter Ryan Quigley back to its stage. Ryan, who has recorded and toured with Quincy Jones, George Michael, Gregory Porter, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams, will perform Óran Mòr with his big band on Friday June 17.

On Saturday evening, festival favourites, the James Taylor Quartet, will take the stage at Óran Mòr. Considered one of the most important jazz-pop groups on the UK music scene, the James Taylor Quartet will perform their relentlessly entertaining tunes that draw inspiration from the rare groove funk and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s.

Throughout the city, jazz singer Georgia Cécile will be the headliner of St Luke’s. Having toured as the main support for Gregory Porter, the young singer-songwriter is undoubtedly leading the new wave of British jazz-pop crossover artists.

His music has a timeless, cinematic quality that fuses jazz and soul influences with a contemporary twist – a sound that is sure to come into its own surrounded by the distinctive acoustics of the East End venue.

Ebi Soda takes to the Blue Arrow stage on opening night, thriving on the idea of ​​contradiction, the five musicians keep a post-punk DIY ethic close to their hearts with erratic drum breaks, soundscapes multi-effects and searing trombone lines.

Multi-award winning saxophonist and composer Binker Golding will perform a mix of jazz, blues and Americana at the Blue Arrow on Saturday 18and June. Alongside his quintet, he will showcase the talent that earned him the title of Instrumentalist of the Year by Jazz FM in 2020.

Sunday at the Blue Arrow will host Anita Wardell and her trio, ‘Best Jazz Vocalist’ at the British Jazz Awards. Anita is considered an outstanding scat singer, and she is also recognized as a talented vocal writer and performer.

UK-based Latin jazz band TRYPL will showcase their fresh, original sound on opening night. Created by the horn section, Trevor Mires, Ryan Quigley and Paul Booth, the horn section will certainly take center stage for this performance, but they will also be joined by the mighty Alex Wilson (piano), Dimitris Christopoulos (bass) , Edwin Sanz (percussion), Tristan Banks (drums) and Davide Giovannini (drums). TRYPL will play Drygate on opening night as a double bill with saxophonist Paul Towndrow and his trio.

Homegrown talent will once again take center stage at this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival as award-winning Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie perform solo piano in Glasgow’s Town Hall Recital Hall in a double bill with the legend Scottish jazzman Brian Kellock, who will perform an intimate and beautiful solo piano recital to mark the opening night of the festival.

Recently crowned ‘Best Singer’ at the 2021 Scottish Jazz Awards, the incredible singer Marianne McGregor performs an afternoon show at St Luke’s on Saturday June 18 as Matt Carmichael takes to the Blue Arrow stage that evening.

A special one-day event, hosted by famed Glasgow DJ Rebecca Vasmant, will take place at Óran Mòr on the final day. Entitled “With love, from Glasgow”, this unique event will be a festival within a festival and will bring together Peace, Azamiah, Blue Boar Brass, Mama Terra and Era Suite. There will also be DJ sets from Nick Peacock, Chris Astrojazz and Rebecca Vasmant.

Jill Rodger, Director of Glasgow Jazz Festival, said: “It will be so special to be back this year with an all-in-person festival.

“I look forward to welcoming exciting new artists alongside familiar faces to the Glasgow Jazz Festival stage.

“We have focused this year on local talent because the last two years have been so difficult for so many musicians and we wanted to make sure that we support them as much as possible with this year’s lineup. a fantastic festival and will be a great opportunity for people to experience the high caliber of jazz talent we have here on our doorstep in Scotland.

The festival continues to champion female jazz talent and is committed to the Keychange initiative to achieve a 50:50 gender balance at the festival each year. This year, 65% of Glasgow Jazz Festival performances will showcase the incredible female talent on stage.

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, said: “Since helping to make Glasgow a European Capital of Culture, the Glasgow Jazz Festival has played a crucial role in the musical life of this city. and its thriving jazz scene.

“The revival of live programming secures the festival’s place as an event that celebrates jazz in all its forms, and the programming of local talent in concert with artists from around the world gives jazz a prominent role in Glasgow’s cultural life this summer.”

The festival takes place with funding from the Creative Scotland National Lottery.

For more information and to purchase festival tickets, please visit Jazz Festival website. Tickets will go on sale at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Willie J. Johnson