Tommy Smith

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

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“Tommy is an incredible writer and a great, great player.” —John Scofield

“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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Lanark, ML11

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background

Professor of Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

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Albums

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke
Scottish National...
Spartacus Records
2013
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Karma
Karma
Spartacus Records
2011
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Torah
Torah
Spartacus Records
2010
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Exploration
Exploration
Spartacus Records
2008
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Evolution
Evolution
ESC Records
2005
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Forbidden Fruit
Forbidden Fruit
Spartacus Records
2005
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