The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) is considered by many to be the Europe’s foremost contemporary big band.

Calendar

Jan
24
Fri
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Alba: Songs of Scotland @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm

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.

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Alba: Songs of Scotland @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
Jan 24 @ 10:30 pm

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.

Jan
25
Sat
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Torah @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm
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

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Atomic Mr Basie @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
Jan 25 @ 10:30 pm
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.
Feb
21
Fri
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Planet Wave @ The Queen's Hall
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm

Celebrate poet Edwin Morgan’s centenary as the SNJO perform the colossal work PLANET WAVE: an extraordinary collaboration between Morgan and composer Tommy Smith. Through music, poetry, theatre, and sound effects explore waves of history from the beginning of time, 20 billion years B.C. to the construction of the great pyramid and the age of Copernicus 1543 A.D.

Feb
22
Sat
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Planet Wave @ City Halls
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

Celebrate Edwin Morgan’s centenary as the SNJO perform the colossal work ‘PLANET WAVE’: an extraordinary collaboration between ex poet-laureate Morgan and composer Tommy Smith.  Through music, theatre, sound effects and poetry, explore waves of history from the beginning of time 20 billion years B.C through early creation, the demise of the dinosaurs, arrival of cavemen, and the great flood, to the construction of the great pyramid and the age of Copernicus 1543 A.D.

***  Free pre-concert talk at 6.45 in the Recital Room  ***

Feb
23
Sun
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Planet Wave @ The Sanctuary
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

PLANET WAVE

by Tommy Smith & Edwin Morgan

with the SNJO and featuring actor Niall Grieg Fulton

Celebrate Edwin Morgan’s centenary as the SNJO performs the colossal work ‘PLANET WAVE’: an extraordinary collaboration between ex poet-laureate Morgan and composer Tommy Smith.

Through music, theatre, sound effects and poetry, explore waves of history from the beginning of time 20 billion years B.C through early creation, the demise of the dinosaurs, arrival of cavemen, and the great flood, to the construction of the great pyramid and the age of Copernicus 1543 A.D.

First premiered in 1997 at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the work matched Morgan’s revelatory poetry to Smith’s powerful music in an epic depiction marking a stage in the history of the Earth. This journey takes the listener through waves of history and time, re-imagining major events and pivotal moments along the way.

Catch this momentous wave with the SNJO and witness a rare, historic and seismic event in words and music.

“The music carried a powerful emotional charge that mirrored Morgan’s poems to perfection.” The Scotsman

NB: There will be a pre-concert talk at 16:30

Apr
24
Fri
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Pop!Rock!Soul! @ The Queen's Hall
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm

Award-winning vibraphonist Joe Locke and vocalist extraordinaire Kenny Washington join the SNJO once again to play a fabulous selection of tracks taken from the modern American songbook – a rich and weighty tome running to several volumes of wonderfully popular songs.

Singer-songwriters such as Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel and Bill Withers brought heartfelt soul music to their work, while artists and performers like Earth, Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin, Heart and Steely Dan showered their enduring recordings with jazz, funk, orchestral and eclectic ornamentation. The platinum success of their gold-plated careers is in no small part due to the availability of jazz music and jazz masters as a fountainhead of knowledge, artistry and intellect.

Apr
25
Sat
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Pop!Rock!Soul! @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm

Award-winning vibraphonist Joe Locke and vocalist extraordinaire Kenny Washington join the SNJO once again to play a fabulous selection of tracks taken from the modern American songbook – a rich and weighty tome running to several volumes of wonderfully popular songs.

Singer-songwriters such as Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel and Bill Withers brought heartfelt soul music to their work, while artists and performers like Earth, Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin, Heart and Steely Dan showered their enduring recordings with jazz, funk, orchestral and eclectic ornamentation. The platinum success of their gold-plated careers is in no small part due to the availability of jazz music and jazz masters as a fountainhead of knowledge, artistry and intellect.

Apr
26
Sun
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Pop!Rock!Soul! @ Caird Hall
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with guests Joe Locke and Kenny Washington

Award-winning master vibraphonist Joe Locke and vocalist extraordinaire Kenny Washington join the SNJO once again to play a fabulous selection of tracks taken from the modern American songbook – a rich and weighty tome running to several volumes of wonderfully popular songs.

Singer-songwriters such as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Bill Withers brought heartfelt soul music to their work, while artists and performers like Earth, Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin and Steely Dan showered their enduring recordings with jazz, funk, orchestral and eclectic ornamentation. The platinum success of their gold-plated careers is in no small part due to the availability of jazz music and jazz masters as a fountainhead of knowledge, artistry and intellect.

The SNJO and their guests will take this music into their care and re-apply generous brushstrokes of improvisation through newly commissioned arrangements to create new melodic patterns and textures from comfortably familiar musical imagery.