Blue Lamp returns with a top line-up
Aberdeen's popular weekly Jazz at the Blue Lamp promotions return after the Christmas and New Year holidays with former Mingus Big Band, Maria Schneider Orchestra and Frank Sinatra saxophonist Jim Snidero appearing with New York-trained pianist Paul Kirby's trio on Thursday January 23. Also lined up for the bar known as the Ronnie Scott's of the north in 2014 are guitarist Ant Law, trumpeter Colin Steele, Trio AAB, Bannockburn-born pianist Dominic J Marshall's trio, and singer Christine Tobin, who will be presenting her Herald Angel-winning programme of Leonard Cohen songs, A Thousand Kisses Deep.
Votes cast for homegrown jazz
ONE of Scotland's longest-running jazz promoters, Jazz at Hospitalfield, marks referendum year and the venue's close geographical proximity to the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath by staging an all-Scottish programme. Opening with Dick Lee's Swingtet on January 18, the Angus arts centre welcomes Brass Jaw and the Angus Youth Jazz Orchestra in February, the Nova Scotia Jazz Band with Brian Kellock in March, pianist Paul Harrison's octet in April and Glasgow swing quartet Rose Room in May. Paul Harrison returns on July 26 in a group that sees the Average White Band's saxophonists Molly Duncan and Roger Ball reunited as The Dundee Horns.
Fallen Angels marks 10 years
THE Fallen Angels Club in Glasgow marks its 10th anniversary in 2014 with a programme that begin at the end of this year's Celtic Connections on February 1. The birthday celebrations are in the capable hands of Gretchen Peters, whose Mitchell Theatre gig is already a sell-out. The man behind the Fallen Angels moniker, borrowed from Gram Parsons to indicate the promoter's interest in country, folk and Americana, in Kevin Morris. He calculates that he has put on more that 200 shows since 2004, with one-off gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh subsequently breeding the Glasgow Americana Festival to fill the gap left by Big Big Country following the death of Mayfest veteran Billy Kelly. Morris's 10th anniversary programme already promises appearances by Steve Forbert, Anais Mitchell, Eliza Gilykson, Sam Baker and Suzy Bogguss.