Tsyjo with Joe Locke - preview

Tsyjo with Joe Locke

The Lot, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Mar; Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Sun 11 Mar


Tommy Smith launched his Youth Jazz Orchestra as a means of developing the most promising young talents in Scotland, and a number of players from the band have already graduated to the senior Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. TSYJO gig regularly in Edinburgh, and occasionally elsewhere, but the saxophonist has been able to arrange a short tour courtesy of sponsorship from Shell UK.

As part of that package, he has also been able to secure the services of the great American vibraphone player Joe Locke, a popular visitor to Scotland since he first came over here in the mid-80s. Tommy has brought in American guests with the band before in Edinburgh, but this is the first time that a major US name has worked with them outside of the capital.

‘Joe has worked a lot with youth orchestras,’ Tommy said, ‘and he has some charts he likes to do. We’ll be doing a recording as well, and working with Joe will be a great experience for them. We have two days rehearsal beforehand, so we’ll see what comes out of that for the gigs.’

Tommy replaced the late Bob Berg in Locke’s own excellent quartet, and the short tour will begin in reciprocal fashion with Joe joining Tommy’s quartet at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen on Friday 9 March, as part of another strong Aberdeen Jazz Festival programme.

TSYJO will then perform a lunchtime gig at the same venue the following day, with trumpeters Ryan Quigley and Tom McNiven and bassist Michael Janisch (standing in for Calum Gourley, who is touring with Todd Gordon) also augmenting the band. Then it’s down the A90 for their evening gig in Edinburgh. The tour will be accompanied by workshops in Aberdeen and Glenrothes - see www.tsyjo.com for details.

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