Saxophonist Tommy Smith plays the third of four concerts he is giving during the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh’s fortieth anniversary celebrations this year when the group he formed in dedication to his greatest influence, John Coltrane, plays the venue on Thursday October 17.
Smith, who was appointed OBE for services to jazz and education in this year’s New Year Honours List, has had a long association with the Queen’s Hall, having celebrated his twenty-first birthday there in 1988 with a concert that featured him alongside top American duo Chick Corea & Gary Burton.
The Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying the Light was formed in 2017 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Coltrane's death and Smith's own fiftieth birthday. He gives a solo saxophone concert to complete the series on December 19.
"The Queen's Hall has been a regular venue for me throughout my career," says Smith. "I can remember aspiring to play there as a young musician and it's been a great pleasure to work there with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra as well as my own bands."
Tommy Smith (photo by Derek Clark)