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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

[United Kingdom] Scotland Edinburgh

Founder/Director Tommy Smith established the SNJO in 1995 and are supported by Creative Scotland since '98. They have shared the stage with many of the leading lights in world jazz People like Jazzmeia Horn, Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Bobby Watson, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Temperley, Tam White, Carol Kidd, Norma Winstone, Gary Novak, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Keith Tippett, Niall Greig Fulton, Tam Dean Burn, Benny Golson, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Branford Marsalis, Joe Locke, Jim Mullen, Mike Maineri, Maria Schneider, Bobby Wellins, Martin Taylor, Laura Jurd, Giuliana Soscia, Paolo Fresu, Eddi Reader, Keith Tippett, Courtney Pine, Mike Walker, Ingrid Jensen, 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, Carter, Strayhorn, Goodman, Kenton, Basie, Gillespie, Mingus, Jaco, Corea, Monk, Metheny, Shorter, Miles and Coltrane. They have also recorded vivid interpretations of Mozart, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Gershwin and Ellington to rave reviews, alongside a remarkable re-reading of Miles Ahead, an ECM-tinted set on Celebration and Tommy Smith’s epic suites, World of the Gods, Spirit of Light, Torah, and Beauty & the Beast.