“It’s quite a stretch,” says vibraphonist Mike Mainieri of his era-spanning career as a jazz musician. Mainieri is the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s latest guest as they take the music of the band he formed in the late 1970s, Steps – later Steps Ahead – on tour this month.Read more
In a rare appearance in the UK, Mainieri joins the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to re-invent the music of his group Steps Ahead in new arrangements specially commissioned by the SNJO from Christian Jacob, Florian Ross and Christian Elsässer.Read more
Bill Dobbins’ admiration for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s ability to move effortlessly between musical styles, expressed to the Herald ahead of this Dave Brubeck tribute, must have come into the pianist-arranger’s thoughts as he prepared the set-list. There were quite a few changes of direction here, all negotiated with SNJO’s customary expertise and all scored with a Brubeck scholar’s familiarity with and feel for the material as well as a sure sense of mood and development potential that brought a freshness to pieces that, in some cases, go back to the early 1950s.
The Music of Dave Brubeck at Sage Gateshead April 30 2016
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with special guests, Bill Dobbins (pno) and John Nugent (alto)
Sage Gateshead’s contribution to International Jazz Day was just that – International! Two Americans and an assortment of Scots combining to pay tribute to the late legend that was Dave Brubeck.Read more
Dave Brubeck enrolled at what’s now the University of the Pacific in 1938 with plans to study veterinary medicine. He eventually switched his major to music, and he tore through his classes until he had to enroll in keyboard instruction his senior year. At that point, Brubeck had to admit to his professor that he couldn’t read a single note of music, even though he played jazz as well as anyone.
**** The SNJO meets Mike Stern by Jim Gilchrist: The Scotsman, March 2016 – Review:
Right from the inexorable forward-movement of Tumble Home, which opened the SNJO’s inspired collaboration with jazz-rock guitarist Mike Stern, the only thing to match the consistently high energy which informed the gig was Stern’s perpetually expansive grin.Read more
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