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October 2014
In the Spirit of Duke

Ayr Jazz Festival 2014: In the Spirit of Duke and Gershwin

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is delighted to open the Ayr Jazz Festival 2014 with their fabulous concert programme, “In the Spirit of Duke and Gershwin” featuring Brian Kellock.
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November 2014

Jaco! The Music of Pastorius featuring Laurence Cottle

One of the most influential guitarists and musicians of the twentieth century, Jaco Pastorius brought the bass guitar to the melodic forefront of jazz ...... read more  
February 2015
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

The Jazz Genius of Billy Strayhorn

2015 marks the centenary of influential composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are delighted to pay tribute to Billy and his inspiring musical legacy.
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Culloden Moor Suite

Review: “Haunting Eloquence” – Bobby Wellins and SNJO ‘Culloden Moor Suite’

"Glasgow-born Bobby Wellins composed an early version of this work more than 50 years ago, and recorded it in 1965 with Stan Tracey and a simple quartet. read more  

Blog and recent Reviews

Laurence Cottle: Electric Bass Maestro 20 October 2014The SNJO is delighted to welcome Laurence Cottle as their special guest on their upcoming Jaco Pastorius concerts in November. Laurence Cottle (b.1961, Swansea) is an electric bass guitar master, a highly respected big band leader, an in-demand producer and […]

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The Life and Music of Jaco Pastorius by Pat Metheny 11 October 2014“Jaco Pastorius may well have been the last jazz musician of the 20th century to have made a major impact on the musical world at large. Everywhere you go,sometimes it seems like a dozen times a day, in the most […]

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Culloden Moor Suite Review: Culloden Moor Suite – ‘A satisfying musical whole’ 6 October 2014A 25 year-old Bobby Wellins wrote The Culloden Moor Suite in 1961, having been inspired by stories of the 1746 battle which signalled the destruction of the Highland way of life. Now in 2014 the veteran Scottish saxophonist revisits the […]

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SNJO and TSYJO youth cardsYouth Card

We want to encourage all young music enthusiasts to come and hear great Jazz music: to be inspired to think about playing jazz music or if already proficient then to consider joining the TSYJO.

If you are between 16 and 25 years old you can attend any of our own concerts for only £5 with an SNJO/TSYJO youth card.

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Under 16 years? – You can attend any TSYJO or SNJO promoted concert for free provided you are accompanied by an adult.

SNJO 2013/2014 season brochure

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is about the celebration of great big band jazz music — unexplored and traditional, universal and native, emphatic and reflective — played by the finest musicians who have matured in the Scottish jazz scene.

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  • Tommy Smith’s re-orchestration of Gershwin’s original played with love and passion by a very young group, and piano soloist Brian Kellock showing his genius for differing idioms throughout… The standout is Smith’s brilliant invention of an Afro-Cuban section, horns blazing.”
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