Saxophonist Tommy Smith plays the final concert in his series marking the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh’s fortieth anniversary celebrations this year when he plays solo and unamplified on Thursday, December 19.
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 series has already seen Smith reviving his acclaimed Beasts of Scotland concert commission for Glasgow Jazz Festival and featuring in his duo with pianist Brian Kellock, with special guest, leading Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes as well as bringing his ‘Coltrane’ quartet, Embodying the Light to the Clerk Street venue. Sharing the bill with him on December 19 will be the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra All-Stars, which will include pianist Pete Johnstone and saxophonists Leah Gough Cooper, Adam Jackson, Ru Pattison, Matt Carmichael and Bill Fleming.
"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)