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Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock on Sunday 17th June 2018
Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock are Scotland’s international jazz ambassadors, having worked with jazz’s leading players and impressed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Recently acclaimed as “world class” by Jazz Journal magazine, they have recorded and toured as a duo and worked closely as the musical director and featured soloist respectively of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s enthusiastically received In the Spirit of Duke dedication to Duke Ellington and re-orchestration of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Individually Smith and Kellock have outstanding musical pedigrees. Smith toured the world with jazz legend Gary Burton at the age of eighteen, going on to record for the definitive jazz label, Blue Note, work with jazz greats including Chick Corea and Jaco Pastorius and found and direct the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra from 1995 onwards. His compositions and soloist work extend to the symphonic arena and in addition to his duo with Kellock he tours internationally with Arild Anderson’s trio, which is widely regarded as one of the leading groups working in jazz today.
Kellock emerged as a vital keyboard talent with blues singer Tam White’s Dexters before forming his own award-winning piano trio. Over the past twenty-five years he has become the pianist of choice for a veritable phone bookful of top jazz talent, with saxophonists Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, Spike Robinson and Charlie Rouse and singers Sheila Jordan and Carol Kidd among those who have called on his encyclopaedic accompaniment gifts. He has also made the duo format a particular specialism, working with American west coast hero Herb Geller, former Ellington bandsman Joe Temperley and leading British singers Liane Carroll and Tina May as well as with Tommy Smith.
Music Genres: Jazz
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