‘Jazz will continue on the island’ says festival organiser

A servies of winter concerts from the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival will take place on Sunday afternoons in Rothesay.
A servies of winter concerts from the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival will take place on Sunday afternoons in Rothesay.

One of Scotland’s top gypsy jazz bands, Rose Room, is to open the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival’s Winter series with a Sunday afternoon concert on 6 November at a brand new venue, the 292 Club.

Chairman, Tim Saul, said: “Although we had with great sadness to announce the cancellation of the 2017 Jazz Festival a couple of weeks ago, I am delighted to say that jazz is still very much alive on Bute with three events planned over the winter.

“Rose Room are kicking off the Winter Concert series; our traditional New Year concert follows on the afternoon of Monday 2 January at The Victoria Hotel, while our third concert on Sunday 5 February features the 18 piece Bute Community Swing Band with the 292 Club as the venue.”

He added: “Dependent on how well the Rose Room concert in particular is supported, we will plan a high quality commemorative concert on 30 April during what would have been the 30th Isle of Bute Jazz Festival in Rothesay.”

Glasgow based Rose Room, led by the brilliant violinist and songstress, Seonaid Aitken, are hitting the big time in jazz circles and are much in demand throughout Britain but Bute is one of the places they cut their teeth and they are always happy to be come back.

For the New Year’s Concert on 2 January the event is back at its traditional winter concert home, The Victoria Hotel and it will feature Tim Saul and assorted guests – a popular gig which concludes the Christmas and the New Year festivities.

Finally on February 5, 2017, the 18-piece Bute Community Swing Band will be making its Winter Concert debut at the 292 Club. Expect conductor, Tony Spencer, to conjure up a great programme of toe-tapping numbers.

Commenting on reaction to the recent decision to cancel the four day 2017 Jazz Festival, Tim said: “Most people have been sad but very sympathetic and supportive which we appreciate as it was an extremely difficult decision to make.

“The important thing is that we have been able to retain sufficient monetary reserves to enable us to fight another day and we are determined that jazz should continue to be part of the musical culture available on Bute, albeit through smaller events such as the Winter Concert series.”

Tickets for the Rose Room concert can be acquired in advance from Brechin’s in Bridgend Street, via the websitewww.butejazz.com or on the door immediately prior to the event.