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By Donald Turvill
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Liam bags festival headline spot
BOLD AS BRASS . . . Dumfries trombonist Liam Shortall

A DUMFRIES-born virtuoso is set to dazzle audiences at Glasgow Jazz Festival next month.

Trombonist Liam Shortall (pictured) and his collective, corto.alto, are among the headline acts playing at virtual jamboree Glasgow Jazz Festival, which is set to see a host of eclectic performances live-streamed from legendary Glasgow venue Saint Luke’s.

Liam, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and visual artist, has worked as a trombonist, guitarist and music producer in Glasgow from the age of 16, having also attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The rising star is just one of several Glasgow Jazz giants taking to the stage from June 18-20, with other acts including the likes of Fergus McCreadie Trio and Laura MacDonald Quartet, who alongside corto.alto will premier brand new compositions over the weekend.

Glasgow Jazz Festival attendance rose by almost a third in 2019 – and a successful digital edition last year followed by a string of winter and spring streamed shows leaves audiences poised for the most electric outing yet.

Jill Rodger, director of Glasgow Jazz Festival, said: “This year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival will see us bring an array of exciting talent from the local jazz scene to global audiences with our programme of digital events.

“Going online allows us to continue supporting the rich and diverse jazz ecosystem in the city including musicians, local venues and an array of industry specialists, such as production, sound and lighting, that work tirelessly to bring audiences the best live music.

“The musicians can’t wait to share their art from venues across Glasgow with audiences worldwide and I hope people are able to enjoy the shows from home until we are able to safely gather and share music in person with one another again.”

Once broadcast, performances will be available to view on demand for seven days. Early Bird online festival passes are on sale now at www.jazzfest.co.uk.

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