SNJO plays Coltrane

Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Tue 26 Jun



The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra turn their attention to the music of one of the greatest of all jazz masters, saxophonist John Coltrane. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Coltrane’s death, a coincidence which struck Tommy Smith, the SNJO’s director, on a personal level.

‘I turned 40 myself in April, and I realised that Trane tragically died at the same age. When you think about how much more Trane had to say, I can’t believe he died so young. I toured with David Liebman and my quartet in 2001, and Dave always marked Trane’s death with special concerts every 5 years. I’ve been planning this since then, but only in my head until now.’

Smith commissioned new arrangements of a range of classic tunes from the Coltrane repertorie (mostly, but not all, by the saxophonist himself). Thus, we will hear Joe Locke’s thoughts on ‘Naima’, Geoffrey Keezer on ‘Dear Lord’, Florian Ross on ‘Giant Steps’, Ryan Quigley on ‘Impressions’, and Tommy’s own arrangement of ‘The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost’, as well as arrangements by Christian Jacob, Paul Towndrow, Rick Taylor, Manu Pekar and Pino Iodice.

‘Trane is my hero, and I wanted to take his music from all periods to give the audience an overall picture. I knew these arrangers love writing for the SNJO. Time and time again they astound me with their creativity, and I also enjoyed giving Paul and Ryan the opportunity to move forward.’

(Kenny Mathieson)


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