SNJO tours US and Canada

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is set to play New York and Canada this June, as well as recording a new album with Mike Stern and Bill Evans

The SNJO led by Tommy Smith will take a brief tour around New York and Canada this June, which will also include recording a new album at Avatar Studios, New York.

The orchestra will play the Iridium Jazz Club, New York on 23 June, followed by the recording of their new album at Avatar Studios on 24 and 25 June.  The recording will feature special guests such as Mike Stern and Bill Evans (pictured) as well as Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker and David Liebman.

The tour then continues to New York University (25 June), the Rochester Jazz Festival (27 June), the Toronto Jazz Festival (28 June), the Ottawa Jazz Festival (29 June), and the Montreal Jazz Festival (30 June).

The SNJO’s latest album, In The Spirit Of Duke (released in the UK in March 2013 and reviewed in JJ April 2013), will also be released in the US on 18 June. The CD, which was recorded on tour in Scotland in October 2012, showcases the orchestra’s efforts to create a sound as close to the Ellington originals as possible, with period mutes and stage set-ups used to mimic Ellington performances.

Formed originally as a not-for-profit organisation by saxophonist and composer Tommy Smith in 1995, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra has performed around the world with the likes of Cleo Laine, John Scofield and Randy Brecker. As well as reinterpreting the material of big jazz names such as George Gershwin, Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie, the orchestra also performs its own compositions to much acclaim.

Visit the SNJO website to find out more.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by John Watson

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