Tag: Trumpet

Sketches of Spain with Laura Jurd at Edinburgh International Film Festival

added on 18 May, 2019 | under Concert Series, WHAT'S ON

The Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are teaming up to present a special one-off performance of Miles Davis’ classic 1960 album “Sketches of Spain”, featuring Laura Jurd in the role of Miles Davis.Read more

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

The Herald: A 5* Review for SNJO’s Porgy & Bess and Sketches of Spain

added on 2 May, 2017 | under Blog, Porgy & Bess / Sketches of Spain

There will be jazz orchestra concerts that create much bigger musical storms and specifically Scottish National Jazz Orchestra concerts that feature more familiar instrumentation. This one, though, has to go down as particularly special. It was the sort of occasion that illustrates how there’s no substitute for being in the room where and when the music is being played, even when that music features on iconic recordings.Read more

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