Pine revisits Trane with the SNJO

In a one-off series of three concerts, Courtney Pine will play the music of John Coltrane with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Saxophonist Courtney Pine will take the starring role in three one-off concerts this month that pay tribute to the work of John Coltrane, with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) directed by Tommy Smith.

After the success of Kurt Elling’s three-concert stint with the SNJO in February, this month’s celebration of the Coltrane oeuvre will see Pine exploring pieces such as Naima, Afro Blue and Giant Steps with specially commissioned new arrangements.

Since Courtney Pine’s debut album Journey To The Urge Within in 1986, an album that earned a silver disc, he’s figured prominently on the British jazz scene. Over the last 28 years Pine has released 13 more albums including Mercury Prize-nominated Modern Jazz Stories and his most recent release, House Of Legends, in 2012.

Last month the SNJO also released an album of their own, American Adventure, inspired by a recent tour of the US and Canada and featuring a host of US stars, including Bill Evans, Kurt Elling and Randy Brecker. Jazz Journal reviewed it here.

The three concerts, titled “Revisiting Coltrane”, will be held at the Aberdeen Music Hall on 28 March, Edinburgh Queen’s Hall on 29 March, and Glasgow Royal Conservatoire on 30 March 2014.

You can book tickets at the respective venues’ websites or at

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