NOVEMBER 2018

Tommy Smith Quartet:Embodying the Light

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Tommy Smith pays tribute to his greatest inspiration, jazz icon John Coltrane with a new band of major creative talents. A presence on the global jazz scene since his teenage years with Gary Burton’s Whiz Kids quintet, Smith has recorded for Blue Note and ECM Records and currently tours the world with Norwegian bass master Arild Andersen’s trio, widely regarded as one of the premier groups working in jazz today. Drummer Sebastiaan de Krom has provided the drumming powerhouse behind Herbie Hancock and Jamie Cullum, and Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year award-winning pianist Peter Johnstone and bassist Calum Gourlay bring experience from working with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s array of world class guests .Performing favourite Coltrane compositions including 'Dear Lord' and 'Naima' alongside Smith’s own homages to his hero, Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying the Light promises exciting music full of spirit and passion.

Tickets £22/£17*

Deirdre Cartwight Quartet ‘PLAY’

With influences ranging from Pat Metheny, Santana and Mike Stern to Horace Silver and Wes Montgomery, PLAY features Deirdre Cartwright's classic 90's band, which represented the UK at the Festival of European Jazz in Mexico City. Featuring melodic tunes and great grooves, PLAY group perform original jazz fusion and Latin tunes from her albums Debut and Play. Deirdre first hit the headlines in 1983, when she presented BBC TV’s groundbreaking 1983 series ‘Rockschool’. She was also a member of the internationally acclaimed 1980s women's jazz group, the Guest Stars. A hard swinging, melodic and funky guitarist, it is Deirdre's clear enjoyment of the sheer variety of sounds her instrument can produce that is so infectious, and which makes her playing so listenable.

Tickets £19/£14*

John Law’s Re-Creations

Re-Creations features pianist John Law and his band playing arrangements not only of classic jazz standards but also tunes by the likes of The Beatles, Sting, Adele, Daft Punk, Paul Simon, Kate Bush and Radiohead. Hear a grooving version of Michael Jackson’s 'Billy Jean' popping up next to a baroque arrangement of 'Summertime', followed by a funky version of Mungo Jerry’s 'In The Summertime'! Expect a fun and varied evening of excellent jazz from John and his accomplished young band, including Parliamentary Jazz Award winning saxophonist Sam Crockatt.
Tickets £19/£14*

Stan Sulzmann - Neon Orchestra - 70th Birthday Tour

Legendary British saxophonist Stan Sulzmann has been a hugely influential figure in British Jazz for nearly 50 years and he celebrates his 70th birthday at the end of November by touring with his acclaimed cross-generational Neon Orchestra. One of the truly original jazz voices as a composer and improviser, Sulzmann has been at the vanguard of every significant development of the music since the 1960’s. Alongside his famous collaborations with the likes of Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor, Stan has inspired countless members of the new jazz generation. Stan’s Neon Orchestra reflects these relationships by featuring an exciting array of talent from the British Jazz scene, from veterans like Henry Lowther to young stars of the scene like his son Matthew Sulzmann. To celebrate his birthday, Sulzmann has composed new works for the orchestra and arranged pieces by some of his long- time musical colleagues including Iain Ballamy, John Taylor, Mike Walker, Gwilym Simcock, Nikki Iles and Kenny Wheeler.
At 8pm, before the concert, there will be a short question and answer session with Stan Sulzmann.
Tickets £25/£20*