The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) is one of Europe’s foremost contemporary big bands, winning the Best Big Band at the British Jazz Awards. In January, they present Alba: Songs of Scotland to celebrate Burn's Night.
Friday 24th January 2020 – 6.00pm and 10.30pm shows
Alba: Songs of Scotland
As we approach Burn’s night, join the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, director Tommy Smith, and special guest, the inimitable Eddi Reader, as together, they richly re-imagine Scotland through uplifting music, beautiful arrangements, and a truly unmistakable Scottish voice.
Eddi Reader has the ability to embed emotion deep within her songs while the SNJO are renowned for their quality of sound: together they are perfect partners to perform Alba: Songs of Scotland. Taking evocative melodies from across Scotland, they weave words, music and colourful arrangements together in a rich musical tapestry.
Saturday 25th January 2020
6.00pm show - Torah
Torah is orchestral jazz at its most powerful, creative and expressive: a tour de force for tenor saxophone and orchestra that takes a spiritual journey through the blues and jazz stratospheres. Encapsulating the first five books of the Bible, Torah tells the story of creation in music that is vividly enacted, robust and beautifully detailed, approachable, stimulating and rewarding.
Internationally renowned, saxophonist and composer, Tommy Smith, leads the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, on a spiritual journey of discovery. His sweeping compositions describing the titanic struggle between good and evil, produce exhilarating and relentlessly creative playing from the cream of Scotland’s thriving jazz scene, the SNJO.
"Torah represents Smith's most exhilarating and playing to date, couched in a sweeping series of compositions that position him as one of modern jazz's most intriguing and compelling large ensemble composers." All About Jazz
10.30pm show - Atomic Mr Basie
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s late night programme will set feet tapping with music from the library of iconic jazz figure, Count Basie. In particular, the SNJO has chosen to play in full Atomic Mr Basie - one of Basie’s infrequently heard seminal works that includes favourite tracks such as Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky.
At the time of its release in 1958, Atomic Mr. Basie was seen as a startling return to form by a senior jazz figure, long suspected of resting on his laurels. ‘Atomic Basie’ is the An explosive take on big band music, ‘Atomic Basie’ consists of dynamic arrangements of tunes, composed mainly by Neal Hefti, and yet it would be incomplete without Basie’s devastatingly articulate blues vocabulary on piano that provides a much- needed contrasting voice, and prompts the music to leave spaces for soloists to play through an accommodating melody.
The result was a hit album, glowing reviews and awards galore; a Grammy® for Basie, and two for Hefti. More importantly, it revalidated orchestral jazz as an artistic, commercial and relevant force and the SNJO is delighted to play it for you tonight.