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April 2017

Porgy & Bess and Sketches of Spain

Miles Davis and Gil Evans gifted Porgy & Bess and Sketches of Spain to jazz as vibrant, sultry and enormously satisfying pieces of modern music including such tracks as Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So.
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SNJO Beauty And The Beast with Bill Evans

Beauty And The Beast feat. Bill Evans

The SNJO are delighted to announce that our latest CD,  Beauty And The Beast featuring Bill Evans has just been released on the Spartacus Record label.read more  
Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra 'Effervescence'

Effervescence: Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra (TSYJO) pops all the corks in a magnum-sized case of fizzing jazz with Effervescence; a brand new CD out now on Spartacus Records.
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audience (photo by Nadja von Massow)

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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. read more  

Blog and recent Reviews

SNJO Porgy & Bess, Sketches of Spain SNJO prepare to take on Miles Davis’ interpretations of jazz classics 19 April 2017Porgy and Bess / Sketches of Spain: A concert preview. The SNJO covered both albums with Gerard Presencer early in its history. This time around, the now internationally celebrated orchestra features another guest trumpeter, plus a stalwart of their own, […]

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SNJO Beauty And The Beast with Bill Evans Beauty and the Beast: A great CD Review from Dan McClenaghan for All About jazz 15 March 2017A great CD Review from Dan McClenaghan for All About jazz The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, SNJO, under the leadership of saxophonist Tommy Smith, has proven itself to be one of the premier large ensemble outfits out there.

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Joe Locke and Kenny Washington with the SNJO Mancini and Mandel: 5* Review 27 February 2017The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, playing the songs of Mancini and Mandel featuring Joe Locke and Kenny Washington, brought a slice of classic Hollywood film music to The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh for this show.

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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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