Glasgow Jazz Festival has announced the first bill of artists who are set to perform as part of their three-day digital festival for 2021.
Stunning performances from Scottish musical talent across a spectrum of genres including jazz, blues, soul, funk, R&B, electronic and world music, will be available to enjoy as part of the summer festival.
East end arts and music venue Saint Luke’s will play host to a series of special performances from homegrown and established jazz musicians, who are the first acts of the programme to be revealed.
Kicking off a weekend of sensational sounds will be the multi-award-winning Fergus McCreadie Trio. Hot on the heels of the release of their acclaimed second album this year, the trio is set to share their exuberant, uplifting and soul-stirring live show with digital audiences.
Saturday night will see a show-stopping performance from Laura MacDonald Quartet – fronted by leading Scottish saxophonist and composer Laura MacDonald, before Glasgow collective corto.alto amaze audiences with a dose of their energetic hip-hop and soul inspired nu-jazz brilliance, led by trombonist Liam Shortall.
Each of these three acts – Fergus McCreadie Trio, Laura MacDonald Quartet and corto.alto – will also each premiere a new piece of music specially commissioned by the festival at their shows.
The weekend of Saint Luke’s sessions will conclude on Sunday with performances from award-winning jazz vocalist Georgia Cecile and Mama Terra – a new musical collaboration between Scottish musician, composer and producer Marco Cafolla and critically acclaimed saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski.
With Glasgow Jazz Festival audiences rising by almost a third in 2019 and a successful digital edition of the festival in 2020 alongside a string of winter and spring livestream shows taking place over the last year, jazz fans across Scotland and beyond are expected to enjoy this year’s digital programme.
Much-loved Glasgow jazz venue The Blue Arrow will also host a programme of performances still to be announced. Surprise pop-up bonus tracks from a selection of performers, a Women in Jazz interview series and a London session are set to complete the exciting online line-up.
Early Bird Festival Passes will be available for a limited time only, after this the price for an ‘All-Access’ Festival Pass will increase. Performances will be available to view on demand for seven days following broadcast. The festival takes place thanks to funding and support from Creative Scotland and EventScotland.