‘Live at 25’. It is hard to believe both that the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is 25 years old, and also that it has been all of 18 months since it played live. So the upcoming gig at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, three weeks today on Friday 24th September will doubtless feel quite emotional. Guests award-winning young trombonists Anoushka Nanguy and Liam Shortall will add to the buzz, as will the programme for the evening which will touch on favourites from the SNJO’s past repertoire.

Photo credit: Derek Clark.
The programme includes “music by leading jazz composers Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams and Neal Hefti and classical composer Leonard Bernstein. It also encompasses pieces by groups including Weather Report, Steps Ahead and Yellowjackets. Scottish elements, including an arrangement of Robert Burns’ My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose and an extract from Culloden Moor Suite, which the orchestra recorded with its composer, the late Glasgow-born saxophonist Bobby Wellins, also feature”.

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