Ozoneís new spin on Mozart with SNJO

Three concerts across Scotland this April see pianist Makoto Ozone perform a new jazz-infused arrangement of Mozart’s 9th with the SNJO

Following successful shows already this year with Kurt Elling and Courtney Pine, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s (SNJO’s) next venture is the world première performance of director Tommy Smith’s new arrangement of Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto for piano and big band, with special guest Makoto Ozone (pictured) on piano.

Three shows will take place across Scotland this month at Inverness (25 April), Edinburgh (26 April) and Glasgow (27 April). As well as reimagined Mozart in the spirit of jazz, Tommy Smith’s arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue will also be performed.

Japanese pianist and composer Makoto Ozone, who will combine classical and jazz piano with the SNJO’s big band sound on the three dates, is internationally known both as a classical and jazz pianist. He has collaborated with, among many others, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chick Corea and Ellis Marsalis, as well as guesting on the SNJO’s 2011 album Celebrations.

A pre-concert talk from Smith and Ozone will precede each concert at 6.45pm with shows starting at 7.30pm, at Inverness’ Eden Court, Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall and Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire.

Tickets can be purchased online at the respective venues’ websites.

Sally Evans-Darby

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