Scottish NJO plays Pastorius

In a one-off series of three concerts, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Laurence Cottle play the music of bassist Jaco Pastorius

Three upcoming concerts from the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) will celebrate the life and music of bass player Jaco Pastorius (1951-87), with special guest Laurence Cottle (pictured) on bass, Marcio Doctor on percussion and Gareth Lockrane on flute.

Playing at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on 7 November, the Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow on 8 November and the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on 9 November, this latest offering from the SNJO will explore Pastorius’s pioneering work with Pat Metheny, Weather Report and his own Word of Mouth big band.

The three concerts will be directed by Tommy Smith, who experienced Pastorius’s music first-hand when playing alongside him at New York’s Blue Note and Seventh Avenue South, and who will give a talk on Pastorius’s continuing influence at the start of each concert.

Laurence Cottle, who will recreate Pastorius’s sound on electric bass, is influenced by Pastorius in his own work which includes playing with Eric Clapton, Bill Bruford and the James Taylor Quartet, composing for film and TV and leading his own big band. Argentinian-born Marcio Doctor, appearing on percussion, is resident percussionist with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg and has worked with the likes of Randy Brecker, Pat Metheny and Trilok Gurtu. Gareth Lockrane on flute leads his own big band combining soul, jazz and funk.

Tickets can be booked at Queen’s Hall, the Royal Conservatoire and the Gardyne Theatre through their respective websites. All three concerts start at 7.30pm (pre-concert talk at 6.45pm). Under 16s can attend for free, and those aged 16-25 can attend for £5 by registering for a youth card at

Sally Evans-Darby

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