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Glasgow Jazz Festival returns online with early-bird tickets

Glasgow Jazz Festival will return as a three-day digital festival in the summer with Scottish performers taking centre stage.

Glasgow Jazz Festival will return as a three-day digital festival in the summer.

Scottish musical talent across jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B, electronic and world music will feature between Friday 18 and Sunday 20 June.

And to kick things off, early-bird online festival passes are on sale now at www.jazzfest.co.uk.

This All-Access ticket will give fans unlimited access to the full weekend of entertainment for just £25.

Holders can watch over a dozen performances, DJ sets and much more from across the Scottish jazz scene.

East end arts and music venue Saint Luke’s will play host to a series of special performances.

Kicking off a weekend of sensational sounds will be the multi-award-winning Fergus McCreadie Trio. 

Saturday night will see a show-stopping performance from Laura MacDonald Quartet.

Next up is Glasgow collective corto.alto and their energetic hip-hop and soul inspired nu-jazz sound.

Glasgow Jazz Festival
Glasgow Jazz Festival

Each of these three acts – Fergus McCreadie Trio, Laura MacDonald Quartet and corto.alto – will each premiere a new piece of music specially commissioned by the festival at their shows.

The weekend of Saint Luke’s sessions will conclude on Sunday with performances from award-winning jazz vocalist Georgia Cecile and Mama Terra.

Much-loved Glasgow jazz venue The Blue Arrow will also host a programme of performances still to be announced. 

A Women in Jazz interview series and a London session are set to complete the exciting online line-up.

The musicians can’t wait to share their art from venues across Glasgow with audiences worldwide and I hope people are able to enjoy the shows from home until we are able to safely gather and share music in person with one another again

Jill Rodger

Jill Rodger, Director of Glasgow Jazz Festival, said: “This year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival will see us bring an array of exciting talent from the local jazz scene to global audiences with our programme of digital events. 

“Going online allows us to continue supporting the rich and diverse jazz ecosystem in the city including musicians, local venues and an array of industry specialists, such as production, sound and lighting, that work tirelessly to bring audiences the best live music.

“The musicians can’t wait to share their art from venues across Glasgow with audiences worldwide and I hope people are able to enjoy the shows from home until we are able to safely gather and share music in person with one another again.”

Clare Hewitt, music officer at Creative Scotland said: “Festivals have always had an important role to play in giving Scotland’s homegrown talent the platform it deserves, and this year’s virtual Glasgow Jazz Festival is no exception.  

Liam Shortall plays trombone at Saint Lukes ahead of  Glasgow International Jazz festival 2021
Liam Shortall plays trombone at Saint Lukes ahead of Glasgow International Jazz festival 2021

“Showcasing the city’s vibrant and diverse jazz scene, the 2021 festival programme ensures audiences from Scotland and around the world will discover their new favourite artists and encounter well-loved musical friends.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events said: “We are delighted to support Glasgow Jazz Festival through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund – their online programme for 2021 is packed with Scottish talent for everyone to watch from the comfort of their homes and we look forward to welcoming these performers and more back to Glasgow’s stages for live audiences when the time is right.”

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