After careful consideration of the rapidly changing situation relating to Covid 19, it has been decided that it would be prudent to postpone the TSYJO concerts due to be played this coming weekend in Glasgow (20 March) and Edinburgh (21 March) to ensure the health and safety of our audiences as well as our musicians… Continue reading Concerts postponed
“Talent, skill, exuberance, verve – the TSYJO showcases these traits in every performance featuring many high flyers from a tremendous wave of young Scottish jazz players.” Audition to join the TSYJO
The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra is out on tour in March and delighted to bring you four concerts that will bring alive the energy of jazz and pay tribute to some of the great names of this genre.
The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra is delighted to celebrate the start of their 15th anniversary year with a series of three stunning May concerts. These will feature a new line up young jazz musicians who demonstrate endless talent and improvisational skills, and will pay tribute to some of the great legendary names in jazz.
Established in June 2002, the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra features the very best young jazz musicians from Scotland. Showcasing endless talent, improvisational skills, exuberance and verve, the orchestra members demonstrate these traits in every performance and play with a collective maturity well beyond their years. With a repertoire that makes no concessions to their… Continue reading “Emergence” – TSYJO’s 2nd Album
At a time when the oral jazz tradition is in increasing jeopardy, you’ve got to admire Tommy Smith. Berklee schooled in the 1980s, the Scottish saxophonist had a promising career in the United States. He was a member of Gary Burton’s mid-1980s quintet, with the vibraphonist producing Step by Step the first of four records… Continue reading “Exploration” – The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Locke
Featuring special guest Joe Locke on vibes – who seizes the attention with every solo, such is his unbridled vigour and tumultuous energy – this album puts Tommy Smith’s young jazz orchestra through its paces courtesy of a sensibly chosen but by no means clich’d repertoire that allows members to explore their nascent soloing capabilities… Continue reading The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra “Exploration”
**** (4 stars) SAXOPHONIST Tommy Smith launched this big band, at his own expense, in 2002 to help foster the cream of young Scottish jazz talent, and their debut recording amply illustrates the depth of that talent. Bolstered by some section leaders from the senior Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the band were joined by American… Continue reading Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra: Exploration