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NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - So Far, So Good…with More On The Way

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - So Far, So Good…with More On The Way

An especially creative jazz ensemble like the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) seldom has time to look back or dwell too long on past achievements. The last couple of years, however, have been marked by several milestone events with even more still to come. In fact, the band has been so busy with performing, recording and overseas ...

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The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) is considered by many to be one of the UK’s foremost contemporary big bands. Founder/Director and leading saxophonist Tommy Smith established the SNJO in 1995 with a crystal clear artistic vision and core values of versatility, discipline and expression. Since its inception more than twenty years ago, many of the leading lights in world jazz have enthusiastically shared the stage with the SNJO. People like Gary Burton, Arild Andersen, Branford Marsalis, Joe Locke, Makoto Ozone, Mike Stern and Kurt Elling have all joined the orchestra to explore virtually every room in the house of jazz. The SNJO’s diverse repertoire has included re-imaginings of works by the great, the good and the gigantic, including Basie, Mingus, Monk, Miles and Coltrane

NEWS: RECORDING

A New Chapter In Jazz from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

A New Chapter In Jazz from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

The history of jazz is littered with tales of unsung heroes and overlooked genius. It could be argued that the trumpeter and composer, the late Kenny Wheeler, was one such musician. He moved almost invisibly through the mainstream milieu, yet, he was universally admired by his peers for his important contributions to jazz composition. Many such personalities are dedicated ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Makoto Ozone Vividly Re-imagine Mozart’s "Jeunehomme"

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Makoto Ozone Vividly Re-imagine Mozart’s "Jeunehomme"

An air of great anticipation surrounded the premiere in Edinburgh of Makoto Ozone’s very special arrangement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto K.271 for The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith. This universally popular work, known familiarly as Jeunehomme is here re-imagined by a daring soloist in Makoto Ozone, an exceptional big band in ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Directed By Tommy Smith Submits "American Adventure" CD To The 57th Grammys

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Directed By Tommy Smith Submits "American Adventure" CD To The 57th Grammys

In the summer of 2013, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra were joined at Avatar Studios in New York City by Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Bill Evans, Joe Locke, Donny McCaslin, Clarence Penn, Michael Dease and Joel Frahm to capture some great performances on American Adventure. Following universal praise, the CD has now been ...

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: American Adventure

Read "Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: American Adventure" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes an idea seems great on paper, but in execution doesn't exactly work out as planned. Other times, that same idea doesn't just look great, it actually exceeds already high expectations. When saxophonist Tommy Smith--almost single-handedly responsible for rebuilding a modern jazz scene in his home country of Scotland, where he returned after studying at Boston's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke

Read "In the Spirit of Duke" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Another tribute to bandleader/composer/pianist Duke Ellington? Is this necessary? Pulling from the archive a few recent nods to one of America's musical icons reveals 1997's elegant Count Plays Duke (Mama Records), by the Count Basie Orchestra; Don Sebesky's unabashedly gorgeous Joyful Noise (RCA Victor, 1999); and pianist Ted Howe's excellent trio affair, Ellington (Summit Records, 2005). ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Miles Ahead

Read "Miles Ahead" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you’ve ever wondered how those classic Miles Davis / Gil Evans collaborations from the late ’50s might have sounded had Miles laid aside the mute and played open trumpet, here’s a proximate likeness from Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, accompanied by the excellent Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

These are Evans’ groundbreaking arrangements, performed in ...