Jazz hands at the ready everyone (go on, get them up; now give them a shake – that’s better) to honour return of the city’s longest-running music festival, the Glasgow Jazz Festival. Spanning the city’s best venues every day until the 25th of June, the festival is throwing one heck of a party for its 31st birthday. And damn, it just keeps looking finer with every year it ages…

For the next five days, music fans in Glasgow merely have to turn street corners and open bar doors to be hit with a welcome slew of live jazz. So let us take it to the bridge and round up the week’s most welcome acts:

Thursday 22nd June

Legendary The Style Council, Paul Weller, Oasis and The Who drummer Steve White will take over the O2 ABC2 on day two, while The Greg Foat Group feat. Warren Hampshire (The Bees) take us back to the ’60s with their beats, in cosy venue The Admiral Bar. Part gig, part album launch, the event will see the internationally acclaimed jazz keyboardist, Greg Foat, collaborate with multi-instrumentalist Warren Hampshire.

If the ivory keys are more to your tune, give your ear to the most listened to pianist on the planet (after working with Adele on ‘Rolling in the Deep’) as the Neil Cowley Trio amaze crowds back at St Luke’s.

Neil Cowley Trio

Friday 23rd June 

Tony Allen, ‘Tribute to Art Blakely’, will pay a poignant homage to the man who originally inspired the Nigerian drummer to pick up those drumsticks, as Allen himself plays his drums along to the music of Blakely, taking place at The Old Fruitmarket.

Musical quartet, Sutra (meaning ‘threads) will weave together a beautiful melange of their own musical threads at the City of Music Studio, combining their collective experience through music, making for a experimentally delightful soundtrack.

Saturday 24th June

If you can truly believe it, veritable music legend and Cream drummer Ginger Baker will be owning The Old Fruitmarket, giving the audience a Friday feeling like no other. Not only will he be joined on stage by a posse of musical talent to take you through a back catalogue of hits, he’ll also by sharing stories with the audience during the evening. Questions at the ready – it’s worth asking, right?

Sunday 25th June 

Stuart McCallum, best known as a member of Cinematic Orchestra, will perform at The Hug and Pint, laying down the perfect Sunday night show as a trio of different acoustic guitars are be used to re-imagine and re-sculpt some well-known jazz standards into fresh shapes, as well as playing some of his own original compositions.

Ryan Quigley with Strings at The Strathclyde Suite will feature much-loved songs from the classic albums by Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown, with fresh string arrangements courtesy of Quigley.

Esteemed trumpeter, composter and arranger (now THAT’S a job title we could live with), Theo Croker, will close what will be another stunning year of festival notes at the popular gaff, St Luke’s.

What’s more, it’s not just the headline acts that fill rooms, newspaper articles and the festival’s programme, but huge recognition for up-and-coming talent is clearly prominent, adding a rare, inclusive, and humbling element to the summer festival scene. Take last’s year’s ’30 under 30′ for example, when the festival championed a variety of Scotland’s young and emerging talent, some of whom are being welcomed back to the festival programme for 2017!

Theo Crocker

It’s also mighty impressive to think that, from the very beginning, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival had truly brought some of the world’s most talented jazz musicians to the city; from Sarah Vaughan, Benny Carter and Carol Kidd to the venerable Miles Davis and Tony Bennett.

Ready to mosey on down? For tickets, more info, the full programme…and all that jazz (sorry) get yourself one to www.jazzfest.co.uk.