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Brian Kellock: Bidin' My Time

Read "Bidin' My Time" reviewed by Michael S. Clark

Some of the finest musicians in jazz music are among the most self-effacing people on the planet. The Scottish pianist, Brian Kellock, is one such personality. For almost three decades, Edinburgh-born Kellock has, more often than not, been the first-call pianist on stage and in the studio for jazz musicians such as Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Collins

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival
Ambleside, UK
August 29-September 1, 2019

'Music that requires a different kind of listening' were the words Derek Hook used, to describe the essence of the Ambleside Days Festival programme at the start of the third edition of this small but top quality festival.

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

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Earthworks Complete

Read "Earthworks Complete" reviewed by John Kelman

Since retiring as a professional musician in 2009, progressive/art rock turned jazz drummer Bill Bruford has successfully managed to maintained a place in the public eye. Beyond his engaging, informative and successful Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (Jawbone Press, 2009), the drummer/percussionist has more recently released a second, equally captivating book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival
Various Venues
Falcarragh, Ireland
December 7-8, 2018

It only rained twice during the inaugural Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival--all day Friday, and then all day Saturday. Still, no amount of rain or wind could dampen the spirits of those who turned out to support this bold initiative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alyn Cosker: KPF

Read "KPF" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The music of Alyn Cosker--the resident drummer of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra--is neither here nor there. While his work firmly rests in the miles-wide jazz camp, its synthesis of disparate styles and identities offers it shielding from easy labels within. Take “Serenity," the album's lead-off track, for example. Augmenting an electrified quintet with mandolin, accordion, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Conor Murray & Micheal Murray: Putting Falcarragh On The Jazz Map

Read "Conor Murray & Micheal Murray: Putting Falcarragh On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's just gone half past midday and yet double bassist Conor Murray and twin brother, saxophonist Micheal Murray, are gearing up for their second media engagement of the day. If this were New York or London such hustle and bustle mightn't be unusual for two seasoned jazz musicians with a CD to launch, except the Murrays ...

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: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Tommy Smith's birthday today!

Tommy Smith is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and current director of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO). These career-defining achievements are framed by his status as an ...