Since its early days, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival has had all the right things necessary to be an élite jazz festival.
Some music events need time to build a solid reputation, but not this festival. Established in 1987, when Glasgow was bidding to become the European City of Culture for 1990, it started off with a stellar lineup that included Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea and Benny Carter.
This year, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival is back with another rich programme: Stuart McCallum, Neil Cowley Trio, Ben MacDonald Quintet, Niki King and Zara McFarlane are some of the names set to perform from 25 to 29 June.
Glasgow is not only one of Europe’s most culturally-rich cities, it’s also a jazz capital thanks to the sensational Glasgow International Jazz Festival!
If you’re in Scotland toward the end of June, you know where to be at.
About the Glasgow International Jazz Festival
The Glasgow International Jazz Festival was started in 1987, when Glasgow was bidding to become the European City of Culture for 1990. The City had studied the competition and worked out that all major cities in Europe had a jazz festival. If they had one, then so should Glasgow.
From the very beginning, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival brought some of the biggest names of jazz to the City –1987’s programme included singer Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea, Taj Mahal and Benny Carter. Other top headliners include Miles Davis (during the European City of Culture year 1990), Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Guy, Michael Brecker and Tony Bennett.
Jazz comprises of a whole range of styles, from trad and Dixie to free jazz, and the GIJF always has had a rich and varied programme. We’ve also reached out to encompass world music, blues and hiphop crossovers, aiming to provide something for everyone.
The Late Night Jam Sessions are also a well established regular, and though the venue has changed over the years (this year in the Thistle Hotel), the excitement of seeing top names jamming into the early hours hasn’t.
When & Where: 25-29 June, Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
Performers: Stuart McCallum, Neil Cowley Trio, Ben MacDonald Quintet, Niki King, Zara McFarlane