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Glasgow Jazz Festival returns in-person

The four-day celebration takes place from June 16 to 19

Glasgow Jazz Festival has unveiled its 2022 programme.

The four-day festival takes place from Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19 with over 24 events in a packed programme.

Some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B and world music will take perform across the city - the first time the event has taken place with in-person audiences since 2019.

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

The festival also welcomes back award-winning jazz trumpet player Ryan Quigley.

Favourites

Ryan, who has recorded and toured with the likes of Quincy Jones, George Michael, Gregory Porter, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams, will play Óran Mòr with his big band on Friday June 17.

On the Saturday night, festival favourites the James Taylor Quartet will take to the stage at Óran Mòr.

Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski launches Glasgow Jazz Festival.
Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski launches Glasgow Jazz Festival.

Across the city, leading jazz vocalist Georgia Cécile will headline St Luke’s, while Ebi Soda take to the Blue Arrow stage on the opening night.

Multi award-winning saxophonist and composer Binker Golding will perform a mixture of jazz, blues and Americana at the Blue Arrow on Saturday June 18.

Sunday at the Blue Arrow will welcome ‘Best Jazz Vocalist’ at the British Jazz Awards alumni Anita Wardell and her trio.

'Exciting'

Home-grown talent will see award-winning Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie play solo piano at the Recital Room in Glasgow City Halls in a double bill with Scottish Jazz legend Brian Kellock.

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

“I can’t wait to welcome some exciting new acts alongside some familiar faces back to the Glasgow Jazz Festival stage.

Mama Terra pianist Marco Cafolla and saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski join jazz vocalist Rachel Lightbody for the launch of Glasgow Jazz Festival 2022 at Óran Mòr.
Mama Terra pianist Marco Cafolla and saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski join jazz vocalist Rachel Lightbody for the launch of Glasgow Jazz Festival 2022 at Óran Mòr.

“We’ve put a real focus this year on homegrown talent as the last two years have been so difficult for so many musicians and we wanted to make sure we were supporting them as much as we can with this year’s line-up.

“It’s shaping up to be a fantastic festival and will be a brilliant opportunity for people to discover the high calibre of jazz talent we have here on our doorstep in Scotland.”

The festival continues to champion female jazz talent and they have taken a pledge to the Keychange initiative to achieve a 50:50 gender balance at the festival each year.

 

We’ve put a real focus this year on homegrown talent as the last two years have been so difficult for so many musicians and we wanted to make sure we were supporting them as much as we can with this year’s line-up.

Jill Rodger

 

This year 65% of performances at Glasgow Jazz Festival will showcase the incredible female talent within the scene.

Alan Morrison, head of Music, Creative Scotland said: “Ever since it helped to make Glasgow a European Capital of Culture, 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 which celebrates jazz in all its forms, and the line-up of homegrown talent in concert with artists from around the world gives jazz a starring role in Glasgow’s cultural life this summer.”

The festival takes place thanks to National Lottery funding from Creative Scotland.

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