2014 begins in bold style for The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) with an adventurous collaboration with jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling.
The Chicago-based singer, whose rich baritone voice spans four octaves, is a three time Grammy Award nominee.
He will join The SNJOP for new show, Syntopicon — meaning a portmanteau, a grab-bag of ideas, or group of topics — a concert exploring life’s philosophies through music.
Fresh arrangements specially commissioned by the SNJO will give free reign to Elling’s vocalese — the creation of new song based on improvised melody.
Material includes songs from Paul Simon, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, John Scofield’s Jeep on 35, Vince Mendoza’s Esperanto and some of the most admired works of Mingus, Monk, Ellington, Pastorius and Shorter.
Leading jazz artists Geoffrey Keezer, Michael Abene, Bob Mintzer, Tommy Smith and Jim McNeely have also contributed to the show.
Syntopicon can be seen at:
• Perth, Concert Hall, 21st February
•Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall 22nd February 2014
• Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 23rd February
: All Concerts start at 7.30 pm. There is a free pre concert talk with Kurt Eling and Tommy Smith at 6.45pm.