Tag: Jazz from Scotland

4th fantastic review of “Sweet Sister Suite” for London jazz News

added on 20 July, 2018 | under Blog, just added, Sweet Sister Suite

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) under the direction of Tommy Smith continue their rich vein of form with this superb rendition of Kenny Wheeler’s Sweet Sister Suite, originally commissioned some 20 years ago and now finally out on CD.Read more

Another fabulous review of our newest CD “Sweet Sister Suite”

added on 3 July, 2018 | under Blog, just added

THE Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is making a habit of championing under-sung heroes. Firstly, with its reworking of Bobby Wellins’ long neglected Culloden Moor Suite and now with this piece, which SNJO director Tommy Smith commissioned from the great British-Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, the orchestra has paid tribute to two musician-composers, neither of whom would have thought about pushing himself to the front of any queues but who both made music of sometimes quiet but notably marked strength and originality.

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A great Review for our latest CD: Kenny Wheeler’s “Sweet Sister Suite”

added on 4 July, 2018 | under Blog, just added

In 1996, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s director, Tommy Smith commissioned the late Kenny Wheeler to write a suite which, some twenty years on, has been recorded by the seventeen-piece big band. Joining the all-star line-up on this Spartacus Records’ album are Laura Jurd (trumpet) and Irini Arabatzi (voice).

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A New Chapter In Jazz from SNJO: Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Sweet Sister Suite’

added on 4 July, 2018 | under Blog, just added

The history of jazz is littered with tales of unsung heroes and overlooked genius. It could be argued that trumpeter and composer, the late Kenny Wheeler was one such musician. He moved almost invisibly through the mainstream milieu, yet, he was universally admired by his peers for his important contributions to jazz composition.Read more

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

added on 26 September, 2017 | under Blog, just added

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.Read more

5* Review for “In the Spirit of Django”

added on 25 September, 2017 | under Blog, just added

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 most famous composition, Nuages, in a lovely arrangement by the orchestra’s alto saxophonist and clarinettist Martin Kershaw.
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'The SNJO deserved all the praise Kurt Elling so graciously lavished on them.'