Kurt Elling: Apparition Bridge

Kurt Elling and the SNJO 'Apparition Bridge'

In this concert series, the SNJO welcomes the return of our good friend and guest artist, Kurt Elling, a Grammy-winning jazz vocalist who can sing anything you could want to hear.

Spirit of Light

SNJO - Spirit of Light

Spirit of Light is a celebration in music and song that combines the sacred and the secular in an illuminating new work composed by Tommy Smith. Inspired by the seasonal iconography of the Star, Three Kings, Christmas Night, Winter Snow and the dawning of Christmas Day…

Kurt Elling for Sage Gateshead!

This Wednesday, May 20, there is only one place to be – Sage Gateshead. Kurt Elling, the pre-eminent singer of his generation, is in town. Chicago-born Elling will be singing with the finest big band in the land, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in a programme celebrating the centenary of the birth of the pre-eminent […]

A Century of Frank Sinatra by Hannah McGill

For those about to celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes’ centenary, Frank Sinatra’s demons – the sex, scandal and paranoia – are the secret ingredients of a divine, inimitable voice, writes Hannah McGill ‘LISTEN, we’re all possibly Frank Sinatra’s son,” tweeted Mia Farrow’s son Ronan in 2013, to widespread delight.

SNJO swings towards its 20th anniversary by Rob Adams

Kurt Elling Swings Sinatra

When Kurt Elling sings with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in May, he’ll be celebrating not only the centenary of Frank Sinatra and the twentieth anniversary of the orchestra itself, he’ll also be celebrating his fifth return to the city where he studied as a young divinity student, Edinburgh.

Happy Christmas to all.

We wish all our friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2015 is a special year for the SNJO – our 20th anniversary and we look forward to some really special events and concerts. We start by celebrating the centenaries of two remarkable jazz names.

American Adventure

American Adventure

In the summer of 2013, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO), under the leadership of founder/director Tommy Smith, toured in the U.S.A. and Canada for the first time. They paused for a moment in New York City to record with some of America’s most admired jazz musicians.