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Tommy Smith

[United Kingdom] Scotland Edinburgh

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Tommy Smith has been a presence on the international jazz scene since his teenage years, when he toured with vibes virtuoso Gary Burton, and went on to record with the definitive jazz label, Blue Note and work with many jazz greats including Chick Corea, John Scofield, and Jack DeJohnette. His compositions and work as a soloist extend to the symphonic arena, with albums including Modern Jacobite with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is also the founding director of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, which he has built into a world-class, award-winning big band whose collaborations include tributes to Weather Report, with drummer Peter Erskine, and Frank Sinatra, with Kurt Elling, new works for jazz orchestra and Japanese taiko drummers and most recently collaboration involving live artwork with Russian artist Maria Rud in Edinburgh's 12th century St Giles' Cathedral. As well as touring and recording with his groups, Smith toured for 15-years with the world with Norwegian double bass master Arild Anderson's trio, which recorded 3 prestigious ECM albums. In 2019 Smith was awarded the OBE, adding to myriad awards including three honorary doctorates and a professorship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he founded the jazz course.