As ever there’s a spectacular line up for this year’s Jazz Festival.
Glasgow Music City Tours are running a Jazz tour as part of the programme — buy a ticket for the tour and get one half-price for the Buddy Rich tribute concert with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Alyn Cosker on Saturday 24th June.
Over the next couple of weeks we’re featuring some of the artists who will be performing this year, starting with Ken Mathieson’s superb Classic Jazz Orchestra
Photo by Robert Burns
Having caught them a number of times, we can highly recommend the Classic Jazz Orchestra . CJO’s mission is to explore the fabulously varied back-catalogue of jazz in an informative and entertaining way. It does this by re-interpreting, not replicating, jazz styles covering the whole history of jazz from ragtime to contemporary.
Versatile Jazz talents
Within its ranks are some of Scotland’s finest and most versatile jazz talents and the combination of expert musicianship and the leader’s imaginative orchestrations resulted in their winning the Best Band category in the 2009 Scottish Jazz Awards.
It’s music to gladden the heart and animate the feet from an era when jazz was synonymous with joy.
Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra play Wild Cabaret on June 21st at 8pm. Come along and make your feet happy! Tickets here
The 2017 summer season of concerts at Kelvingrove Bandstand is almost upon us. Glasgow’s beautiful, bijou outdoor arena will host the likes of Brian Wilson, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Kool & the Gang, Sir Tom Jones, Texas, Pixies, Hipsway and Arab Strap over the next couple of months, but opening proceedings are The Divine Comedy, best loved for their elegant and witty Britpop hits such as National Express and Becoming More Like Alfie.
In recent years, mainman Neil Hannon has worked on a rich variety of other projects, including a stage musical version of Swallows & Amazons, a couple of opera commissions and an organ composition, To Our Fathers In Distress, inspired by his own father, before reactivating The Divine Comedy on latest album, Foreverland.
We spoke to Hannon ahead of his Bandstand revels on such pressing issues as his cult following, his typical childhood Sundays, his Napoleon complex and an asinine collaborator… Here is Neil on:
Touring with a band again
I was so knackered after the solo touring for the last album, Bang Goes the Knighthood. It’s very intense when you’re doing shows just by yourself. I feel I can really cut loose a little bit when there’s a band behind me. I’m mostly not playing any instruments, just singing and arsing about in a Napoleon costume. Really it’s just a great excuse to hire the costume and prance around on stage and shake my epaulettes.
Working with Wayne the donkey (who can be heard braying on Foreverland track How Can You Leave Me On My Own)
He has quite tricky to work with. You have to shake the bucket of food in a very certain way to get him to respond correctly. But he instigated that collaboration. My studio is in the front room of the house and he was in the paddock about twenty yards away, and I listened back to a demo of that song and I could hear him on the record, and I thought ‘that works really well so I’ll do it for real’ so I stuck the mic out the window, shoved some food in his direction and the rest is rock’n’roll history. Continue reading