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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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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 ...

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!

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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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 ...

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]

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.

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 ...

Culloden Moor Suite

Label: Spartacus Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: ① Gathering [7:56] ② March [10:36] ③ Battle [8:12] ④ Aftermath [6:33] ⑤ Epilogue [5:11]

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: American Adventure

Label: Spartacus Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Splatch; Duke Ellington's Sound of Love; Yes or No; Pendulum; Dear Lord; Quartet No. 1 (part 2); Pinocchio.


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