Tag: Jazz in Scotland

The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra: Winter concerts

added on 15 November, 2016 | under Concert Series, WHAT'S ON

The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra is delighted to be returning to The Tolbooth, Stirling in an afternoon of jazz with festive numbers and a few other surprises!

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The Jazz Legacy of Charles Mingus: A 5* Review

added on 16 October, 2016 | under Blog
Arild Andersen

Of all the many hours of music that the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra has played and shared over the past twenty-one years it’s the ensemble’s affinity with Charles Mingus that’s the most striking. The orchestra celebrated this most characterful of jazzmen’s work in the early years of this century with a firecracker of a concert and here it was again, with its distinguished guest, Norwegian double bass master Arild Andersen, metaphorically brawling, reeling and positively rocking in rhythm ’n’ hymns.Read more

The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra: Autumn concerts

added on 2 September, 2016 | under Concert Series, WHAT'S ON

The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra is once again delighted to return in a series of concerts with a new line up of endless talent, improvisational skills, exuberance and verve.

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A Christmas Festival of Jazz

added on 4 July, 2016 | under just added
SNJO Christmas Festival of Jazz

Enjoy this wonderful pre Christmas opportunity to relax and get into the festive spirit as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra bring you a double bill of fabulous swinging jazz.  Read more

The Legend of Charlie Parker  

added on 4 July, 2016 | under The Legend of Charlie Parker  
The Legend of Charlie Parker

There can be little doubt that Charlie “ Yardbird” Parker changed the face of modern jazz.

Parker grew up at a time when this amazing music was coming of age, and he came to personify many of its most provocative features.Read more

Great Vibes with Mike Mainieri / SNJO

added on 16 June, 2016 | under Blog

The Music of Steps Ahead: the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with guest Mike Mainieri

A review by Jim Gilchrist for the Scotsman ****                                                 Photos by Derek Clark

Is it appropriate to describe a vibes player as working up a head of steam? The essentially ethereal quality of the vibraphone may seem to suggest not, but acclaimed veteran player Mike Mainieri, reprising the music of his influential fusion outfit Steps Ahead in the frequently full-steam-ahead company of the SNJO, could certainly bring a dazzlingly kinetic energy to the instrument.

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'The SNJO deserved all the praise Kurt Elling so graciously lavished on them.'