The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) is considered by many to be one of the UK’s foremost contemporary big bands. Founder/Director and leading saxophonist Tommy Smith established the SNJO in 1995 with a crystal clear artistic vision and core values of versatility, discipline and expression.
Since its inception more than twenty years ago, many of the leading lights in world jazz have enthusiastically shared the stage with the SNJO. People like Gary Burton, Arild Andersen, Branford Marsalis, Joe Locke, Makoto Ozone, Mike Stern and Kurt Elling have all joined the orchestra to explore virtually every room in the house of jazz.
The SNJO’s diverse repertoire has included re-imaginings of works by the great, the good and the gigantic, including Basie, Mingus, Monk, Miles and Coltrane. They have also recorded vivid interpretations of Gershwin, Miles Davis, Mozart, and Duke Ellington.
They have also played the music of Chick Corea, Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Weather Report, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, Keith Tippett, Oliver Nelson, Benny Golson, Jaco Pastorius, Dave Brubeck, Mike Stern, Steps Ahead and many others.
The SNJO is completely committed to inclusivity, especially where young people are concerned. They have also produced wonderful concerts for young people including, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and Jazz Toons, which featuring some of the best-loved cartoon, television and movie themes ever scored.