Last chance to vote for Jazz Album Of Year
If you have a view on which of 12 recent releases should be named as Scotland's Jazz Album Of The Year, you have until 5pm today to cast your vote in the online ballot via the website of the Scottish Jazz Federation.
The shortlist reflects the remarkable diversity of music-making round these parts under that ever-debatable label and is: Breach, Borders; Havana Swing, Django's Discovery; Tom Gibbs, Fear Of Flying; Tom Bandroft Trio Red, From First Hello To Last Goodbye; Das Contras, Highest Low; SNJO, In the Spirit Of The Duke; Ali Affleck, Le Debut; Brass Jaw, Minted; Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszneiwski, New Focus; Euan Burton, Occurences; Graham Stephen, Tilt; Jonathan Silk, Uncouth.
Festival unveils 10th year line-up
The Sage-based Gateshead International Jazz Festival, which has welcomed many Scots musicians in past years and is a good friend of Glasgow's own rather older annual jazz festival, has announced an enviable line-up for its 10th anniversary event.
Director Ros Rigby will be welcoming US guitarist Bill Frisell, above, exploring American popular song in his distinctive style, as featured on his 2010 album Beautiful Dreamer.
A newer name, and another one brought to wider attention by BBC TV's Later …, is bassist Esperanza Spalding, who will be appearing in the Spring Quartet alongside drummer Jack DeJohnette, pianist Leo Genovese and saxophonist Joe Lovano.
Northern Sweden's Norrbotten Big Band plays the music of Charlie Parker with Django Bates and the music of Prefab Sprout with Joakim Midler and his band.
The festival runs from April 4-6 next year.