Born: April 27, 1967
Award-winning Scottish saxophonist-composer-educator Tommy Smith is a creative force in improvised music performing in settings from solo to symphonic concerts and is one of Europe’s leading musicians. He has recorded 24 solo albums as a leader for Blue Note, Linn and his own label Spartacus Records and worked with stars like Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, Arild Andersen, Trilok Gurtu, Jaco Pastorius and John Scofield. Director of the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra since 1995, and his own youth jazz orchestra since 2000, he is also artistic director of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s jazz course...
- Karma by John Kelman
- Torah by John Kelman
- Exploration by John Kelman
- Forbidden Fruit by John Kelman
- Evolution by John Kelman
- Blue Smith by Glenn Astarita
“Tommy Smith, the most talented tenor sax star to arrive on the world scene in years.” —Gary Burton
“Tommy a unique sound and approach. I like it from when I frst heard him play as a student at Berklee.” —Chick Corea
“One of the important voices in the young tenor players of today.” —Jack DeJohnette
“Smith’s artful writing makes the band sound like a petite philharmonic.” — Neil Tesser, Playboy Magazine
“He makes ancient and modern music sound strangely compatible and in his ecstatic renderings makes Coltrane’s ‘Naima’ and even Rodgers & Hart’s “My Romance’ sound like prayers...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundProfessor of Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow