Tommy Smith awarded honorary degree

Saxophonist Tommy Smith has been awarded an honorary degree at a Celebration of Achievement ceremony at the University of Edinburgh

Tommy Smith, saxophonist, composer, and founder of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, has been awarded an honorary degree at the University of Edinburgh.

The awards were presented on 17 January by HRH Princess Anne, who is Chancellor of the University. Other public figures similarly honoured included Lord Puttnam, producer of Chariots Of Fire, and Nosheena Mobarik, Chair of CBI Scotland.

Edinburgh-born Tommy Smith founded the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in 1995, and is currently the artistic director for jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He adds this latest Doctor honoris causa to honorary doctorates received from Heriot-Watt and Glasgow Caldenonian universities.

You can watch a video of Smith receiving his degree and performing for HRH on the University of Edinburgh's website.

Tommy Smith goes on tour over the next few months with selected dates as follows:

With the SNJO (Miles Ahead/Birth of the Cool), 21-24 February; with Karma, 15-30 March; with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, 12-14 April; with the SNJO, 25-28 April and 7-9 June; with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2 July and 29 July to 2 August.

For full tour dates visit Tommy Smith's website:

Sally Evans-Darby

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