The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra have announced three sets of Scottish gigs in the first half of 2013. A couple of them involve visiting star soloists, while the other features the band playing tribute to one of the big band stars of past years.

Paolo Fresu plays Miles

First up, at the end of February, come performances of Miles Davis’s classic Miles Ahead and Birth of the Cool albums with guest Paolo Fresu taking the solo parts.

Tour dates are:

  • Thursday 21st February. Dundee, Caird Hall.
  • Friday 22nd February. Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall.
  • Saturday 23rd February. Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Tickets, which cost £17.50, with concessions available at £12.50 and a special under-16 rate of only £5, are available online from
  • Sunday 24th February. Stirling, Macrobert Centre.

All these gigs start at 7.30pm. There’s a free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm before the Glasgow performance, and I imagine before the others as well.

The Incredible Sound of Stan Kenton

Looking further ahead to the end of April, they’re playing a series of gigs celebrating the career of Stan Kenton. There’s no guest on this, but this means that the many fine musicians within the SNJO will have more chances to solo themselves.

The Stan Kenton concerts run from April 25th to 28th, with the Glasgow show taking place at the Royal Conservatoire on Saturday 27th. Tickets are once again £17.50 with £12.50 and £5 concessions.

Day and Night with Dave Liebman

Finally in this season, the great American saxophonist Dave Liebman will be appearing with the SNJO at the beginning of June. The programme for these concerts will include a mixture of Liebman originals and standards.

This tour takes place between June 7th and 9th, with the Glasgow gig being on Saturday 9th. Once more it’s at the RCS, with full-price tickets costing £17.50.

More information about these shows and the band’s other activities can be found on the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra website.