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.
Happy 20192 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 […]
New Year honor for SNJO Artistic Director28 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 […]
Jazz Re-Imagined: A well deserved 5* Review11 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 Concert 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.
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.”