Thursday 25th January 2018
- Friday 26th January 2018
£25.00 - £45.00
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) is considered by many to be the Europe’s foremost contemporary big band and has just won the Best Big Band 2017 for the British Jazz Awards.
The Programme for the 3 performances will consist of the following:
THURSDAY 25 Jan - ‘American Jazz Masters: Gershwin, Ellington, Bernstein
FRIDAY 26 Jan - 1st show:
THE MUSIC OF MANCINI AND MANDEL featuring JOE LOCKE vibes
FRIDAY 26 Jan - 2nd show:
JAZZ LEGACY OF CHARLES MINGUS featuring ARILD ANDERSEN
Founder/Director Tommy Smith established the SNJO in 1995 as a not-for-profit organisation with a crystal clear artistic vision and core values of versatility, discipline and expression. The SNJO is dedicated to promoting jazz as a pre-eminent art form through performances, original compositions, recordings, and educational outreach programmes. This commitment extends to the task of developing promising young jazz musicians through the ranks of The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra.
It should therefore come as no surprise that many of the leading lights in world jazz have enthusiastically shared the stage with the SNJO. People like Cleo Laine, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Bobby Watson, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Novak, Arild Andersen, Peter Erskine, Kurt Elling, Makoto Ozone and Randy Brecker have all joined the orchestra to explore virtually every room in the house of the jazz.
The SNJO repertoire has included re-imaginings of works by the great, the good and the gigantic, including Weather Report, Herman, Rich, Strayhorn, Goodman, Kenton, Basie, Gillespie, Mingus, Corea, Monk, Metheny, Shorter, Miles and Coltrane. They have also recorded vivid interpretations of Gershwin and Ellington to rave reviews, alongside a remarkable re-reading of Miles Ahead, an ECM-tinted set on Celebration and Tommy Smith’s suite, Torah. The SNJO has built a growing library of original compositions underpinned by a deep understanding and appreciation of improvisation.
The SNJO personnel for the Ronnie’s visit will include
Artistic Director & Saxophonist - Tommy Smith
Trumpets Jim Davison, Tom Macniven, Lorne Cowieson, and Sean Gibbs
Trombones Liam Shortall, Kieran McLeod, Kyle MacCorquodale and Richard Foote
Reeds Konrad Wiszniewski, Martin Kershaw, Helena Kay and Bill Fleming
Piano Brian Kellock and Pete Johnstone
Bass Calum Gourlay
Drums Alyn Cosker
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