Another 5* Review for “In the Spirit of Django”

The 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 the music of Django Reinhardt, but 20th century jazz itself.

5* Review for “In the Spirit of Django”

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra ended its 2017 Queen’s Hall concert series with a concert full of fun and exuberance as well as virtuosity.  Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt’s music lends itself naturally to these qualities while also inviting the kind of soulful, sighing note reflection that featured soloist, guitar master Martin Taylor brought to probably Reinhardt’s […]

The Scotsman: A Preview -“In the Spirit of Django”

The smoky swing of 1930s Paris will be charged by the 21st-century powerhouse that is the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra next weekend, when the band is set to be joined by the celebrated guitarist Martin Taylor MBE to celebrate the music of one of the most seminal figures in jazz and popular music, Django Reinhardt. […]

Mike Stern meets the SNJO: A Review

Mike Stern meets the SNJO

**** 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.

Mike Stern meets the SNJO

Mike Stern

One of the great guitar players of all time, Mike Stern is a multifaceted electric guitarist who moves comfortably between jazz-informed rock, fiery fusion and rocked-out jazz.

Celebrating Jaco: The Music of Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius

The name of Jaco Pastorius is legendary in the jazz world; one of the few musicians who can be recognised by their first name alone. Pastorius was a musical genius who effectively reinvented the playing of bass guitar, bringing the bass from an anonymous role in the rhythm section to the front of the stage.

Laurence Cottle: Electric Bass Maestro

The SNJO is delighted to welcome Laurence Cottle as their special guest on their upcoming Jaco Pastorius concerts in November. Laurence Cottle (b.1961, Swansea) is an electric bass guitar master, a highly respected big band leader, an in-demand producer and a prolific composer. He is enormously admired among electric bass guitarists as an instrumentalist who […]