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Tommy Smith

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: April 27, 1967    

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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Awards

2013 Honorary Doctorate of Music [University of Edinburgh] 2012 British Jazz Award [Big Band] Parliamentary Jazz Award [Big Band] Scottish Jazz Award [Educator] Scottish Jazz Award [Best Album 'KARMA'] 2011 Scottish Jazz Award [Educator] Scottish Jazz Award [Big Band] 2009 Scottish Jazz Award [Big Band] Scottish Jazz Award [Woodwind] 2008 Honorary Doctorate of Letters [Caledonian University, Glasgow] Heart of Jazz Award [BBC Jazz Awards#2008] 2002 The British Jazz Awards [Best Tenor Saxophonist] 2000 Scottish Arts Council [Creative Scotland Award] Honorary Fellow of the [Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland] Honorary Doctorate [Heriot-Watt University], Edinburgh 1996 Arts Foundation/Barclays Bank [Jazz Composition Fellowship Prize] BT British Jazz Award 1992 Wavendon All Music Awards [Services to Music] 1989 British Jazz Award 1986 BBC National Big Band Competition [Outstanding Musician Award] 1981 Edinburgh Jazz Festival [Best Band] Edinburgh Jazz Festival [Best Soloist]
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    Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke

    Spartacus Records
    2013
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    Karma

    Spartacus Records
    2011
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    Torah

    Spartacus Records
    2010
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    Exploration

    Spartacus Records
    2008
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    Forbidden Fruit

    Spartacus Records
    2005
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    Evolution

    ESC Records
    2005
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    Azure

    Spotlite Records
    1997
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Sep20 Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock
Brunton Theatre
Musselburgh, UK
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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 InstrumentSaxophone

LocationLanark, ML11

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundProfessor of Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

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