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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

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brand New Releases

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This week new albums from Enrique Peña, Gary Eastman, Shawn Maxwell and Philippe Côté with Marc Copland. Also, continuing my look at the recent releases by Craig Taborn and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with their suites inspired by Dewey Redman and Anthony Braxton.Playlist Enrique Peña “Gris" from Intersticios (ears&eyes) 00:00 The Scottish National ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Honouring the Pioneers

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On this weeks show new releases from Craig Taborn and Farnell Newton plus some classic '70s jazz from Britain with a recent release from Mike Gibbs. There is also a look at the new album from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra which includes music influenced by pioneering saxophonists. I am also featuring tracks from the musicians ...

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Article: Live Review

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Plays Ayler at St. Giles' Cathedral

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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra St. Giles' Cathedral Where Rivers Meet Edinburgh, Scotland May 15, 2021 Albert Ayler was an expressive and accomplished voice in the free jazz movement who was greatly respected by his peers. None other than John Coltrane encouraged the tenor saxophonist to join Impulse! records and even ...

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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 ...

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Peter and the Wolf

Label: Spartacus Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Full of devilment Oot in the country Aw quite quiet Lucky duck? Cool, blue depths Sleekit cat Argy-bargy Deadly-danger Non-challant Oot comes Grandpa Whit’s a Wolf? Grey Wolf Quackin her heid aff Swallyed her whole Greedy eyes In big trouble Zoomin roon him Loop it roon Whit a racket Gonnae no shoot! Listening very carefully Bwoak! Howling at the Moon Triumphal Parade Wee sermon In the zoo!

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Sweet Sister Suite

Label: Spartacus Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1 Sweet Sister 6:25 (soloist: Jurd); 2 Keeper Of The Light 6:11 (soloist: Smith); 3 Worlds Apart 9:30 (soloists: Johnstone, Luft, Jurd); 4 Her Love Is Like An Endless Stream 9:10 (soloists: Towndrow, Jurd); 5 Constant Star 7:05 (soloists: Kershaw, Cosker); 6 Wondering Dream 8:48 (soloists: Gourlay, Smith, Johnstone, Jurd, Luft); 7 Twilight Chant 7:29 (soloists: Jurd, Smith, Arabatzi); 8 Utopian Recital 1:52.

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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 ...

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Beauty And The Beast feat. Bill Evans

Label: Spartacus Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Part 1 [6:15] Part 2 [9:24] Part 3 [9:35] Part 4 [8:12] Part 5 [3:40] Part 6 [5:29] Part 7 [9:41]

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Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 K-271

Label: Spartacus Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: 1st Movement: Allegro Swing; 2nd Movement: Andantino Tango; 3rd Movement: Rondo/Presto Be-Bop.


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