Tommy Smith is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder/director of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. These career defining achievements are consolidated by his track record as an international recording artist; a composer and arranger of extraordinary ambition; a respected group leader and generous sideman; and not least, as a jazz educator. Perhaps above all these things he is an unstinting advocate and emissary for jazz, a fact that has been recognised by the most prestigious educational institutions in his home country of Scotland and beyond.