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The Herald: A 5* Review for SNJO’s Porgy & Bess and Sketches of Spain

added on 2 May, 2017 | under Blog, Porgy & Bess / Sketches of Spain

There will be jazz orchestra concerts that create much bigger musical storms and specifically Scottish National Jazz Orchestra concerts that feature more familiar instrumentation. This one, though, has to go down as particularly special. It was the sort of occasion that illustrates how there’s no substitute for being in the room where and when the music is being played, even when that music features on iconic recordings.Read more

Porgy & Bess and Sketches of Spain: a 5* Review

added on 2 May, 2017 | under Blog, Porgy & Bess / Sketches of Spain

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra stopped off at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh tonight as part of an all too short performance schedule performing “Sketches of Spain” and “Porgy & Bess”.  These two visionary collaborations between Miles Davis and Gil Evans marked a watershed point in the critics’ and public’s perception of Jazz as a musical form and both remain as fresh and vibrant now as when they were originally recorded nearly 60 years ago.

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SNJO prepare to take on Miles Davis’ interpretations of jazz classics

added on 19 April, 2017 | under Blog, Porgy & Bess / Sketches of Spain
SNJO Porgy & Bess, Sketches of Spain

Porgy 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, with Sketches being fronted by the acclaimed young player Laura Jurd, currently a BBC New Generation Artist, while Porgy and Bess turns the spotlight full on the SNJO’s longest-standing member (along with founder-director Tommy Smith), Tom MacNiven.

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Beauty and the Beast: A great CD Review from Dan McClenaghan for All About jazz

added on 15 March, 2017 | under Beauty And The Beast, Blog
SNJO Beauty And The Beast with Bill Evans

A 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.Read more

Mancini and Mandel: 5* Review

added on 27 February, 2017 | under Blog, The Songs of Mancini & Mandel
Joe Locke and Kenny Washington with the SNJO

The 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.Read more

Modest Man of Modern Jazz Singing. Concert preview

added on 23 February, 2017 | under Blog, The Songs of Mancini & Mandel
Kenny Washington, Joe Locke

Kenny Washington used to see Wynton Marsalis around New Orleans and be so awestruck that he didn’t dare go up to the trumpeter and say hello. He wasn’t to know back then that thirty years and more later, the awe would be reciprocal and that when Marsalis restaged his Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio, Blood On the Fields in 2013 there would be only one choice for the part Washington sang. Marsalis has also invited Washington to sing with the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York later this year.

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