Ellington: In the Spirit of the Duke

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra recently released details of their October 2012 dates.

As in most of their other recent projects, they’re concentrating on the music of one composer and bringing in a top-class soloist to perform it with them. This time round, the composer is Duke Ellington, and the soloist is the wonderful Brian Kellock. He’s an interesting choice, as his “Oscar Peterson with a touch of Cecil Taylor” approach (to steal a phrase from some of his recent publicity) is so very different from Ellington’s own much more minimalist piano style.

The set list will apparently be a mixture of less well-known Ellington pieces, including extracts from the Latin American, Far East, Such Suite Thunder, Toots, and Queen’s Suites, some of Billy Strayhorn’s arrangements of Grieg and Tchaikovsky, and more familiar pieces such as Black & Tan Fantasy, Mood Indigo, Caravan, Rockin’ in Rhythm and Never No Lament (the original instrumental version of Don’t Get Around Much Anymore).

The tour dates are:

  • Wednesday Oct 24th: Perth, Perth Theatre
  • Thursday Oct 25th: Aberdeen, Music Hall
  • Friday Oct 26th: Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
  • Saturday Oct 27th: Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (the former RSAMD)
  • Sunday Oct 28th: Inverness, Eden Court

All concerts start at 7.30pm with a pre-concert talk at 6.45.

Tickets for the Glasgow concert are £17.50 (with £12.50 and £5 concessions). Details of prices for the other concerts, and links to the venue box offices, can be found via the SNJO website.

Oh, and if you haven’t yet heard the SNJO’s “Celebration” CD with Arild Andersen, it’s very good indeed. There’s a fine detailed review on Ian Mann’s The Jazz Mann website.