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2011, Spartacus Records
Hailed on arrival by critics as the toughest and most creative group of his career, Tommy Smith's KARMA sees the brilliant Scottish saxophonist lead a band of virtuosic musicians on a deeply grooving acid jazz adventure that draws on influences from around the world. [read more]
Film producer Lord Puttnam, rugby star Scott Hastings, jazz musician and composer Tommy Smith, Homeless World Cup President and founder of The Big Issue Scotland Mel Young, and Chair of CBI Scotland Nosheena Mobarik were awarded their degrees at a ceremony at the McEwen Hall, Edinburgh University.
Vocalise by Rachmaninov featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell and Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith on 8th September 2012, Glasgow City Halls, BBC Proms Last Night Celebrations in Scotland.
Among the 12 award categories, vocalist of the year went to Carol Kidd MBE. Saxophonist Julian Argüelles was instrumentalist of the year, while fellow saxophonist Tommy Smith’s group recording Karma collected album of the year, while Smith also won the education award. A lifetime recognition award went to Ronnie Rae Senior, veteran double-bassist, mentor and patriarch of an entire jazz clan, while this year’s “emerging artist” was the busy young bassist, Euan Burton.
Award for Best Jazz Educator
Award for Best Album of the Year ‘KARMA’ (more…)
All week the SNJO and the inspirational Randy Brecker have been performing the uplifting and effervescent music of his dear brother, the sensational, gentle and humble Michael Brecker.
With the volunteers from the Anthony Nolan Trust, who joined us on tour, we’ve tried to make people aware of how YOU can save a life, whether it’s someone you know or don’t.
In 2007 my heart sank deeply when I heard that Michael Brecker had passed away from leukemia after a two year long battle with MDS, as he was unable to find a matching stem cell donor. If he had found a match, he’d probably be alive today. (more…)