january 2018

thu25jan20:1522:15Scottish National Jazz OrchestraAmerican Masters: Gershwin, Ellington and BernsteinRonnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HTCountry:United KingdomCity:London


(Thursday) 20:15 - 22:15


Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT

Concert Details

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue: Gershwin’s masterpiece has been arranged, re-arranged and re-imagined in countless ways since its official premiere in 1924, not least by Tommy Smith. In this performance, Brian Kellock again leads from the front on piano, this time with the SNJO soloists in fiery form, and Tommy Smith directing the band with style and precision. Jazz fans that are split between fidelity to the original and the shock of the new may find themselves in uncommon accord by the end of a forward-facing performance that pays tribute to musical genius.

Ellington: Duke Ellington, one of the world’s greatest-ever jazz musicians, has left a musical legacy that spanned six decades. In this warm tribute to a legend, the SNJO will be endeavouring to remain as true as possible to the spirit of the Duke. Brian Kellock assumes the Ellington role on piano and brings with him the experience, exuberance and flair for which he his so widely admired. 

Bernstein: The orchestra takes a walk on the West Side with a wonderful medley of Leonard Bernstein’s enduring tunes from his memorable jazz musical that has been arranged for the SNJO by Florian Ross. As a makeover of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story works on a visceral level that Shakespeare would surely recognise. Bernstein’s music explored emotions as deep as the ocean, sentiment as raw as sunburn, and energy as boundless as youthful abandon. This could describe the very essence of jazz and these selections from West Side Story remain relevant, vibrant and provocative to this day.