This article is from 2008


Nordic cool meets Scottish heat

Saxophonist Tommy Smith’s current relationship with the Norwegian bass maestro Arild Andersen dates from 2005, when they got together as a duo at the Islay Jazz Festival. It was by no means their first encounter, however – Andersen was one of Tommy’s guests in the television series he hosted for BBC Scotland in the early 90s. They have developed their duo whenever their busy touring schedules have permitted.

This trio with Alyn Cosker was really supposed to have featured another drummer, Paolo Vinaccia, but his late lack of availability led to the invitation going out to the young Scot, who is part of Smith’s own quartet and the current incumbent of the drum seat in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He is renowned for his power and drive, and it will be fascinating to hear how he deals with the more spacious approach adopted by Smith and Andersen in this context.

The Hub, 1 Aug, 6pm, £15 (£12.50).

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Scotland's biggest jazz festival presents concerts over ten days all over the capital, in parks, churches, clubs and concert halls. With a programme featuring all genre styles from early jazz to the avant garde, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival usually manages to secure some world premieres, new bands, and fresh…