narrated by Tam Dean Burn arranged, orchestrated and conducted
by Tommy Smith
text adapted by Liz Lochhead Get the CD here LATEST RELEASE Peter And The Wolf

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‘A Change Is Gonna Come’

To celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday, the SNJO are premiering this soul-stirring rendition on 18 July, sung emotively by Kenny Washington and beautifully arranged by Joe Locke, giving Sam Cooke's most uplifting gospel ballad wings to fly on an extraordinary path.
NEW DATES: April/May 2021
Joe Locke w/ the SNJO: POP! ROCK! Soul!

POP! ROCK! SOUL!

Award-winning vibraphonist Joe Locke and vocalist extraordinaire Kenny Washington join the SNJO once again to play a fabulous selection of tracks taken from the modern American songbook

Become a friend of the SNJO

We need you, now more than ever. Our Friends scheme enables you to enjoy a closer relationship with the orchestras, enhance your concert experience and be part of the future of Jazz in Scotland.
Peter And The Wolf

Peter And The Wolf

Tommy Smith’s jazz version of Peter and the Wolf will remain true to Prokofiev’s premise that particular instruments are allocated to each character and the wonderful melodies

Blog and recent Reviews

fireworks Happy 2019 2 January 2019Thank you for your unswerving support throughout 2018, as we celebrated jazz of all styles: Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, Kenny Wheeler, Music of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Re-imagined and Count Basie & Duke Ellington as well as releasing two fabulous new SNJO CDs Sweet Sister Suite with Laura Jurd and Peter and the Wolf with […]

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Tommy Smith New Year honor for SNJO Artistic Director 28 December 2018Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith has been awarded an OBE for services to jazz in the 2019 New Year honours list. Edinburgh-born Smith has been a presence on the international jazz scene and a champion of jazz in Scotland since he emerged as a precocious talent in his teens during the […]

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Jazz Re-Imagined: A well deserved 5* Review 11 September 2018Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – “Jazz Re-Imagined” with Florian Ross brought to The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh a selection of music from the songbooks of Jazz masters.   With music arranged and conducted by Florian Ross, they explored the re-imagined musical worlds of John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Charlie Parker, Michael […]

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SNJO and TSYJO youth cardsYouth Card

We want to encourage all young music enthusiasts to come and hear great Jazz music: to be inspired to think about playing jazz music or if already proficient then to consider joining the TSYJO.

If you are between 16 and 25 years old you can attend any of our own concerts for only £5 with an SNJO/TSYJO youth card.

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Under 16 years? – You can attend any TSYJO or SNJO promoted concert for free provided you are accompanied by an adult.

SNJO SNJO concert programmes collageConcert Programme Archive

Download concert programmes of the past 2 years in PDF format and indulge in a retrospective of the most recent music selection and highlights with guests from Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine and David Liebman to Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine and Jacqui Dankworth.

All available SNJO concert programme PDFs here

  • Tommy Smith’s re-orchestration of Gershwin’s original played with love and passion by a very young group, and piano soloist Brian Kellock showing his genius for differing idioms throughout… The standout is Smith’s brilliant invention of an Afro-Cuban section, horns blazing.”
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