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April 2018
Kenny Wheeler & Mary Lou Williams

Kenny Wheeler’s Sweet Sister Suite / The Music of Mary Lou Williams

The specially commissioned Sweet Sister Suite was composed by the late Kenny Wheeler for the SNJO in 1997 with parts for trumpet and voice
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May 2018

BBC’s Biggest Weekend

BBC's Biggest Weekend "Four nations, four locations, one amazing weekend of music" The Biggest Weekend takes place in Scotland at Scone Palace, by Perth on Friday 25th / Saturday 26th May as part of a nationwide celebration of music read more  
audience (photo by Nadja von Massow)

Become a friend of the SNJO

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. 
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January 2018
The SNJO at Ronnie Scott's

The SNJO at Ronnie Scott’s

Scotland’s National Jazz Orchestra is delighted to be appearing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London this week, offering a varied selection of great big band music.read more  

Blog and recent Reviews

Peter & The Wolf + Carnival of Animals Another 5* Review for SNJO’s Peter & the Wolf / Carnival of the Animals 28 February 2018Having cast transformational brilliance over Mozart’s 9th piano concerto, how would the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, directed by saxophonist Tommy Smith and guest pianist Makoto Ozone, handle these two much-loved popular classics? In the event they pulled off a double […]

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5* Review for magical Peter & the Wolf / Carnival of the Animals 25 February 2018The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra were once again tonight pushing the boundaries of what many people would expect a Jazz Orchestra to be playing, as two classical works were given new interpretations: “Peter and The Wolf” by SNJO founder/director Tommy Smith, […]

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Another 5* Review for “In the Spirit of Django” 26 September 2017The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra featuring Martin Taylor at The Queens’ Hall Edinburgh performing “In The Spirit of Django” was simply a perfect marriage of music and performers that provided a very special night for not only any lovers of […]

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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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Sponsors: We thank our sponsors Creative Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Dundee Council for their continued support as well as the management teams at our regular venues, The Queen's Hall: Edinburgh, The Music Hall: Aberdeen, Eden Court: Inverness and Caird Hall: Dundee.

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