UNESCO International Jazz Day at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Glasgow Music will celebrate UNESCO International Jazz Day 2017 with a fantastic line up of events on Sunday 30 April at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The headline concert in the Main Auditorium is Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s presentation of Porgy & Bess and Sketches of Spain. Directed by Tommy Smith and with special guest soloists Tom MacNiven and Laura Jurd, these masterpieces of orchestral jazz from arrangements by Miles Davis and Gil Evans include classic tracks Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So.

Events will take place in 159 countries around the world for the sixth annual UNESCO International Jazz Day, an event founded to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

The events at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall begin in the City of Music Studio with the first of two free improvised music workshops where children and their carers can enjoy listening to and making music with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.  From 12 noon babies and toddlers up to 4 can take part in the fun, from 1pm it’s the turn of 5 to 7 year-olds.  

The Exhibition Hall will become a Jazz Club for the day from 1pm, with performances from fantastic local youth jazz ensembles Calderglen High School Jazz Band, East Dumbartonshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, Lanarkshire Schools Big Band and Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra. All the Jazz Club shows are free and the Exhibition Hall Bar will be open.

The day signs off with an exciting glimpse into the future, when Late Night Studio Jazz presents members of the NYOS Jazz Collective. Making their debut performance at Glasgow Music’s UNESCO International Jazz Day, the collective are a small ensemble including the most dynamic and talented young musicians selected from the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s (NYOS) flagship jazz ensemble, NYOS Jazz Orchestra. Membership of the collective is by invitation only, and improvisation is at the core of all their performances. The ensemble performing at this event (led by Alumnus and Ambassador, Brodie Jarvie) demonstrate that the future of jazz is in safe hands. It features four prominent players at different stages of entry into the profession, for whom Jazz education at NYOS has been a significant influence in their career and further study choices.

Christopher Barr, Music Programmer, Glasgow Life, said: “We’re delighted to host UNESCO International Jazz Day here at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This year’s programme celebrates the wealth of Scottish Jazz talent from young to established.

“We welcome the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, who are one of the UK’s leading Jazz ensembles to showcase the music of Miles Davis. Our Late Night Studio Jazz strand continues to develop and we are very excited to have the National Youth Jazz Collective performing music into the late evening as you sit back, enjoy the music and the view of the sun setting over Buchannan Street in our music studio.

“The youth strand continues with four of Scotland’s top youth jazz bands performing during the afternoon and our family jazz for minis over lunchtime. There’s music for all tastes, come along and join us!”

For more information and tickets visit http://www.glasgowconcerthalls.com or call 0141 353 8000

For more information on UNESCO International Jazz Day visit: jazzday.com


GIOBabies Improvisation Workshop

Sunday 30 April, 12 noon – 12.45pm

Free and unticketed

City of Music Studio, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


GIOKids Improvisation Workshop

Sunday 30 April, 1pm - 1.45pm

Free and unticketed

City of Music Studio, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


Daytime Jazz Club

Sunday 30 April, from 1pm

Free and unticketed

Exhibition Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


Porgy & Bess and Sketches of Spain

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Featuring Tom MacNiven and Laura Jurd

Sunday 30 April, 7.30pm

Tickets £5 - £25


Late Night Studio Jazz presents:

NYOS Jazz Collective

Saturday 30 April, 9.45pm

Tickets £10

City of Music Studio, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

**Ticket offer – if you buy a ticket for SNJO, you get a ticket for LNSJ at £6 (Avail from box office only)


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