Join us as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Glasgow Jazz Festival on our Jazz Walking Tours.
Launched in 1987, the Festival is the city’s longest-running annual music event and we are proud to be part of it. The Festival is a showcase for the best international and home-grown talent and we hope that our tours will add a fresh angle to the event.
Our tour begins at the Scottish Music Centre with some live music — there will be an opportunity for you to peruse some archive jazz material and we’ll provide a wee refreshment to get the tour underway.
We take a stroll around some of the venues within the Merchant City notable for their connection to the Festival over the years, and en route you’ll hear about visits from the greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan and Tony Bennett. We have stories of weird and wonderful rider requests, medical emergencies and the inside track on venues old and new.
Our tour guide, Alison Eales, has recently completed a PhD on the history of the Glasgow Jazz Festival, and we’re very happy that she has agreed to host the tours for us.
Over the rest of the month we’ll keep you updated with festival news…watch this space! Check out our playlist featuring some of the amazing line-up this year.
Walk with us and get the inside track on how the Festival has used Glasgow’s enduring love affair with jazz and blues to help make it the vibrant live music city it is today.
Thanks to all at the Jazz Festival and our working partner, the continually brilliant team at the Scottish Music Centre for their help in making the tours possible.
The tours will run every day from Friday 24th June to Sunday 26th June.
The starting point is the Scottish Music Centre on Candleriggs. Start time 2pm.
Tickets can be bought via the Jazz Festival Programme.