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Burns Night tomorrow 25th January, so in Burns’ honour here is the SNJO’s instrumental version of the very beautiful ‘My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose’, with spoken intro and recitation by Tommy Smith himself!

Pic by Derek Clark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x288BDg4JxQ&ab_channel=ScottishNationalJazzOrchestra
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A wee snippet of fantastic music from this superb Edinburgh-based band: Trio HLK!!

https://www.facebook.com/triohlk/videos/172757884188029
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The superb Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are holding a very special, 25th anniversary concert, live-streamed from Perth, Scotland concert hall this Saturday 5th December. 😮😃

Photo by Derek Clark. Here’s the Press release: Founded in 1995 by saxophonist and musical director Tommy Smith OBE, the…
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This. Obviously not Scottish jazz, but just because it’s timely, & incredibly beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tCmp8VD82w&ab_channel=AbstractLogix
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So this is interesting.. ;-) Thanks for DooBeeDooBeeDoo-NY for this one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hK9e7S9vg4&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR172L4VovzL3Qy7P5ql–tJE-Q-Q5RcH7ApTlZiRp5e-M5Vysw-Ljmaibo&ab_channel=AlexanderLiebermann
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101. Pianist, composer & arranger Paul Harrison has already featured in Scottish Jazz Space’s quarantine series, however judging by the two tracks already available to hear on Bandcamp, his new, home-produced digital album ‘Adventures From Home’ is definitely worthy of separate mention. Due for release on 1st September, this is one not to miss. Here is his very lovely interpretation of Egberto Gismonti’s ‘Loro’.

https://www.facebook.com/paul.harrison.798/videos/10220289802893558/UzpfSTExODMyMDg2ODg6Vks6MTU1Mzc2NTk2MTQ3Mjg4MA/
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100. Scotland being the size it is probably encourages the frequent collaborations between jazz and roots/ trad musicians, with many individual musicians adept across genres. To celebrate our trad musician friends, here is a simply lovely recording by the Edinburgh International Festival as part of this year’s online festival My Light Shines On: A Celebration of the Festival City. Aidan ORourke (fiddle), Rachel Sermanni (vocals), Bashir Saade (ney), Graeme Stephen (guitar) & Brìghde Chaimbeul (bagpipes).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpkhvsE6Hnc&utm_source=Main+email+list+%28est+May+2018%29&utm_campaign=1edd2c9c45-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_08_11_02_42&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d97b938454-1edd2c9c45-266535329
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99. Continuing to riff on John Rae, here he is again on the just released Brian Kellock Trio’s Standards album, Think About It. One imagines that Miles would be more than happy with this excellent version of ‘Stella By Starlight’. Brian Kellock (piano), John Rae (drums) & Kenny Ellis (double bass). Great stuff! 😀

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Aj2YHPlnYQ&list=PLXmwgIxBHRyHVN0P5y6fWDPc-08YMQctZ&index=5
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98. Edinburgh-born, Livingston-bred John Rae has had such a long & distinguished drumming career, that this humble drummer has spent much of the last several days checking out his back catalogue. For the last decade he’s lived in Wellington, New Zealand & the featured track today is a recent recording there. This listener had an image of a candyfloss machine, as his confection of drums emerges at 1.42, in The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute. Brilliant.

Image from: en.wikipedia.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNYm5ApavP4&list=OLAK5uy_lDbGlCbY2TfnLcBniFlnnQ5uD3GMEzDkY&index=1
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97. To a greater or lesser degree Covid-19 currently affects us all, world-wide. So today we feature here an ‘old favourite’ re-arranged by East Lothian-based guitarist Simon Thacker, who has featured on these pages previously in both ‘world music’ & jazz groups. For your enjoyment, a trans-global, multi-lingual version of ‘We Shall Overcome’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9EOKKyKy54&fbclid=IwAR0IC04goS5qXtN3AuEmviNNZviE3siBUvpqKBLUWueHTmhNij4-Y7GY0ZI