Glasgow International Jazz Festival

The Glasgow International Jazz Festival was started in 1987, when Glasgow was bidding to become the European City of Culture for 1990. The City had studied the competition and worked out that all major cities in Europe had a jazz festival. If they had one, then so should Glasgow.

From the very beginning, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival brought some of the biggest names of jazz to the City –1987’s programme included singer Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea, Taj Mahal and Benny Carter. Other top headliners include Miles Davis (during the European City of Culture year 1990), Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Guy, Michael Brecker and Tony Bennett.  This year, our 26th Festival, boasts a line-up including Ginger Baker, George Benson, Robert Glasper, and many more fantastic acts.

Glasgow International Jazz Festival also showcases the wealth of Scottish performers, in 1987 Festival represented by Carol Kidd, Martin Taylor and Tommy Smith, all of whom returned to help us celebrate the 25th GIJF in 2011.

Jazz comprises of a whole range of styles, from trad and Dixie to free jazz, and the GIJF always has had a rich and varied programme. We’ve also reached out to encompass world music, blues and hiphop crossovers, aiming to provide something for everyone.

The Late Night Jam Sessions are also a well established regular, and though the venue has changed over the years (this year in the Thistle Hotel), the excitement of seeing top names jamming into the early hours hasn’t!

WIN A WEEKEND AT GLASGOW JAZZ FESTIVAL!  on Tue, 28/05/2013 - 15:29  PDF version
WIN A WEEKEND AT GLASGOW JAZZ FESTIVAL! Come along and hear Brass Jaw playing Glasgow Central, Carlisle, Preston or London Euston stations on Thur 30 May and get a chance to win a weekend trip to this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival! Thanks to our sponsors Virgin Trains Brass Jaw will be...
Glasgow International Jazz Festival  on Mon, 27/05/2013 - 10:42  PDF version
Glasgow International Jazz Festival presents: Stan Tracey & Bobby Wellins supported by Paul Towndrow and Steve Hamilton For our final Old Fruitmarket concert we bring back another world class musician who played the venue when it was first used by Glasgow Jazz Festival in 1993, Stan Tracey....
2013 Festival Dates  on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:30  PDF version
We’re delighted to announce the dates for next year’s festival! The 2013 Glasgow International Jazz Festival will take place from 26th – 30th June. We look forward to seeing you there!
Today's Gig are not Sold Out  on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:29  PDF version
Glasgow Concert Halls website is wrongly saying that all the gigs on today, Sunday are sold out.  They are not.  Come and buy tickets on the door for – Corrie Dick (1pm), Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (2pm), Nova Scotia Jazz Band with Brian Kellock (6pm), Tom Gibbs & Louise...
Ryan Quigley Big Band Special Guest Singers Announced  on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:28  PDF version
Just announced – Jon Fratelli, Ian Shaw, Todd Gordon and Grahame Skinner (Hipsway) will be choosing their favourite Beatles tracks to perform in the Ryan Quigley Big Band Tribute to the Beatles gig on Sat 30 June.  The Big Band also features members of George Michael’s Symphonica...