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Jazz with Professor Tommy Smith (for ages 12 - 17)

Summer School for young people


This five-day summer school, led by internationally renowned teachers, recording artists and performers including RCS Artistic Director of Jazz, Professor Tommy Smith, aims to inspire young musicians to focus on creativity, performance and composition, whilst offering specific instrumental guidance on the fundamentals of improvisation.

This course will benefit young musicians between the ages of 12 and 17 who are beginning to develop their skills in spontaneous composition and jazz improvisation in a jazz context and want to take their playing to the next level.

This intensive summer school aims to inspire young musicians focusing on group performance, whilst offering specific instrumental guidance on key elements of improvisation and performance.

Participants get masterclasses on their instruments, concerts by the all-star tutors, jazz theory classes and much more.

At the end of the week you will take part in a public group performance in a Royal Conservatoire venue.

The deadline for booking this courses is Friday 6 July 2018 at 12pm.


This five-day summer school, led by internationally renowned teachers, recording artists and performers including RCS Artistic Director of Jazz, Professor Tommy Smith, aims to inspire young musicians to focus on creativity, performance and composition, whilst offering specific instrumental guidance on the fundamentals of improvisation.

This course will benefit young musicians between the ages of 12 and 17 who are beginning to develop their skills in spontaneous composition and jazz improvisation in a jazz context and want to take their playing to the next level.

This intensive summer school aims to inspire young musicians focusing on group performance, whilst offering specific instrumental guidance on key elements of improvisation and performance.

Participants get masterclasses on their instruments, concerts by the all-star tutors, jazz theory classes and much more.

At the end of the week you will take part in a public group performance in a Royal Conservatoire venue.

The deadline for booking this courses is Friday 6 July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

During the summer jazz course you will:

  • gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of improvisation including jazz scales, harmony, form and rhythm
  • learn how to improvise more creatively and fluently, utilising concepts of thematic development and collective ensemble interplay
  • learn how to practice more efficiently towards a goal of becoming a confident and fluent improviser
  • become more familiar with specific jazz repertoire
  • perform during an informal concert where the focus will be on ensemble playing and improvisation
  • attend jazz instrumental master classes
  • participate in a studio recording experience
  • study jazz theory

The specialist focus on improvisation and ensemble experience will offer you a chance to gain intensive amounts of jazz ensemble playing practice whilst being offered professional guidance and support in the improvisation and techniques that are unique to jazz.

Financial support

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.


Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.


Indicative schedule

Indicative Schedule
Please note this is an indication of the schedule for the week and subject to change
Day 1

  • 9.45: Welcome Meeting with Lifelong Learning
  • Meet, Greet & RCS Tour
  • 11.00am: Tutor Concert
  • 12.00pm: Instrumental Lessons
  • Break
  • 2pm: Group Allocation
  • 3pm: Standard Repertoire Session (in groups)
  • 4pm: Group Breakout (Drum Lessons, Piano Lessons and Studio Recording)
  • 5pm: Finish

Day 2

  • 10.00am: Warm Up
  • 11.00am: Composition Combo
  • 12.00pm: Tutor Concert
  • Break
  • 2pm: Standard Repertoire Session (in groups)
  • 4pm: Latin Ensemble/Rhythm Theory Workshop
  • 5pm: Finish

Day 3

  • Warm Up
  • 11.00am: Composition Combo
  • 12.00pm: Instrumental Lessons
  • 1.00pm: Break
  • 2.00pm: Standard Repertoire Session (in groups)
  • 4.00pm: Group Breakout (Drum Lessons, Piano Lessons and Studio Recording)
  • 5pm: Finish

Day 4

  • Warm Up
  • 11.00am: Composition Combo
  • 12.00pm: Instrumental Lessons
  • 1.00pm: Break
  • 2.00pm: Workshop – Etiquette
  • 3.00pm: Workshop – How to Practise
  • 3.30pm: Stage Performance
  • 4.00pm: Group Breakout (Drum Lessons, Piano Lessons and Studio Recording)
  • 5pm: Finish

Day 5

  • Warm Up
  • 11.00am: Ensemble Rehearsals
  • 12.00pm: Sound Check
  • 1.00pm: Break
  • 2.00pm: Sharing for friends and family
  • 4.00pm: Feedback
  • 5pm: Finish

Entry requirements

Applicants to this summer school must be able to:

  • tune their instruments and determine whether their intonation is flat or sharp in relation to the other instruments in the ensemble and be able to adapt and blend in
  • play a two-octave range on their instrument
  • play some major, pentatonic, blues, melodic and harmonic minor scales
  • play some modes of dorian, mixolydian and lydian
  • read music well enough to perform a new piece of medium difficulty within 24 hours
  • read and improvise over simple chord symbols
  • have a reasonable understanding of jazz rhythm and form
  • improvise at a basic level on a blues in F and Bb concert

Preparing for your course

Students should dress informally and comfortably for ensemble playing and lessons.

Please bring blank manuscript paper, pens or pencils for writing examples as well as any expendable items relative to your instrument, i.e. reeds for saxophone players, drum sticks for drummers, spare strings for guitarists, etc.

For the final summer school concert, please bring smart/casual attire in which you will perform.

Additional Preparation

Practise with Aebersold Play-a-longs:

  • Vol. 1 How to Play and Improvise
  • Vol. 2 Nothin’ But Blues
  • Vol. 3. The II/V7/I Progression
  • Vol. 16. Turnaraounds & Cycles Vol.
  • 54. Maiden Voyage

At a glance...

Jazz with Professor Tommy Smith (for ages 12 – 17) 10am - 5pm 20180810 245 Application Deadline: 20180706


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Who is this course for?

This summer school is an open access course for aspiring jazz musicians and improvisers aged 12-17.

This course will primarily benefit those who can already improvise to some degree and play jazz with some confidence but are looking to take this development opportunity to perform to the next level.

This course will also favour those with some experience of group and ensemble playing in live settings and a reasonable understanding of jazz chords, scales, harmony and repertoire.

If you’re looking to begin working on some of the tunes you’ll play and hear frequently at the summer jazz course, below is the best place to start:

  • Blues in Bb
 & F Concert
Maiden Voyage
  • Blue Bossa
  • St. Thomas

Teaching staff

Dr. Tommy Smith

Tommy Smith (b.1967) is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and current director of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO). These career-defining achievements are framed by his status as an international recording artist; a composer and arranger of extraordinary ambition; and not least, as a jazz educator.

His prolific career began in earnest when, aged only sixteen, he recorded his first album Giant Strides. He was rewarded with a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, an experience that has shaped his affirmative approach to jazz. Since then, he has made twenty-seven solo albums as a leader for Blue Note, Linn and his own label Spartacus Records.

Smith has also earned the regard, support and friendship of the many respected jazz figures with whom he has collaborated and created great jazz. They include, but are not limited to, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny, Barron, Arild Andersen, John Scofield and Trilok Gurtu. His tenure with the SNJO has seen critically acclaimed performances and recordings of programmed and commissioned works including hugely popular treatments of Ellington, Gershwin, Weather Report and Miles Davis.

He also holds three honorary doctorates from Heriot-Watt, Glasgow Caledonian & Edinburgh Universities and a Professorship from the RCS. His last group album KARMA won him his seventh Scottish Jazz Award for album of the year. Tommy Smith is also founder/director of The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra [2001] and has been Head of Jazz of the first ever full-time jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2009. At the RCS he designed the jazz course and teaches Saxophone, Music Business, Chord Scale Harmony, Jazz Repertoire, Studio Recording, Performance of Jazz History and Notation by Hand.


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Hired as sideman by Gary Burton, 1986-1988; Record deal with Blue Note, 1988-1992; Returned to live in Scotland, Paris and Copenhagen mid-1990s; Record deal with Linn Records 1993-2000; Established Spartacus Records 2000; Director and Founder of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra since 1995 to present; Artistic Director and Founder of The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra since 2002.


France, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, North America, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Malta, Bratislava, Romania, Ireland, Faroes, Austria, Hong Kong, China, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Israel, Tunisia, Romania, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Canada, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Italy, Belgium, Sicily, Iceland, Netherlands, India, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Japan.

  • PERFORMED with:

Gary Burton, Joe Lovano, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gadd, David Liebman, Benny Golson, Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton, Bill Evans, Bobby Wellins, Joe Locke, Stan Tracey, Jason Rebello, Julian Joseph, Makoto Ozone, David Kikoski, Kenny Barron, Carsten Dahl, Joanne Brackeen, Nugyen Le, John Abercrombie, Reginald Veal, John Patittucci, Terje Gewelt, Peter Washington, Arild Andersen, NHøP, Eddie Gomez, Buster Williams, Steve Swallow, Trilok Gurtu, Gary Novak, Steve Smith, Gregory Hutchinson, Billy Hart, Idris Mohammed, Daniel Humair, Cleo Laine, Billy Drummond, Adam Nussbaum, Clarence Penn, Paolo Vinaccia, Randy Brecker, Gerard Presencer, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Wheeler, Marcus Stockhausen, Ruby Braff, Ingrid Jensen, Paolo Fresu, Gunther Schuller, Orchestra of St. John’s Square, Scottish Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Gerald McCrystal, Katherine Page, Murray McLachlan, Kurt Elling, Hue & Cry, Prepab Sprout and Karen Matheson.

  1. Tommy Smith, GIANT STRIDES (Hep Records) 1983
  2. Tommy Smith, TAKING OFF (Head Records)
  3. European Community Jazz Orchestra, EUROJAZZ, Leverkusen
  4. Gary Burton Group, WHIZ KIDS (ECM Records) 1985
  5. European Community Jazz Orchestra, EUROJAZZ 2
  6. Hue & Cry, BITTER SUITE
  7. Tommy Smith/Forward Motion, PROGRESSIONS (Hep Records)
  8. Tommy Smith/Forward Motion, THE BERKLEE TAPES (Hep Records) 1986
  9. Tommy Smith, STEP BY STEP (Blue Note Records) 1988
  10. Blue Note 50th Anniversary (Blue Note Records) 1989
  11. Tommy Smith, PEEPING TOM (Blue Note Records) 1990
  12. Tommy Smith, STANDARDS (Blue Note Records) 1991
  13. Tommy Smith, PARIS (Blue Note Records) 1992
  14. Tommy Smith/Forward Motion, REMINISCENCE (Linn Records) 1993
  15. Calanais (An Lanntair Records)
  16. Tommy Smith, MISTY MORNING AND NO TIME (Linn Records) 1994
  17. Tommy Smith, AZURE (Linn Records) 1995
  18. Tommy Smith, BEASTS OF SCOTLAND (Linn Records) 1996
  19. Tommy Smith, THE SOUND OF LOVE (Linn Records) 1997
  20. Karen Matheson, THE DREAMING SEA (Survival Records)
  21. Mimori Yusa ECHO (EMI)
  22. Tommy Smith, BLUE SMITH (Linn Records) 1999
  23. Tommy Smith & Murray McLachlan, GYMNOPEDIÉ (Linn Records)
  24. Hue & Cry, JAZZ NOT JAZZ (Linn Records)
  25. COMPLICITY Movie Sound Track
  27. Prefab Sprout, ANDROMADA HEIGHTS (Sony)
  28. Tommy Smith Quartet, SPARTACUS (Spartacus Records) 2000
  29. Hue & Cry, NEXT MOVE (Linn Records)
  30. Tommy Smith, INTO SILENCE (Spartacus Records) 2001
  31. Tommy Smith Quartet, THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT (Spartacus Records)
  32. Clark Tracey, STABILITY (Linn Records)
  33. Tommy Smith, ALONE AT LAST (Spartacus Records) 2002
  34. Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock, BEZIQUE (Spartacus Records)
  35. Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Ingrid Jensen, MILES AHEAD (Spartacus)
  36. Tommy Smith, EVOLUTION (Spartacus Records) 2003
  37. Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock, SYMBIOSIS (Spartacus Records) 2004
  38. Joe Locke, DEAR LIFE (Sirocco Records)
  39. Tommy Smith Quartet, FORBIDDEN FRUIT (Spartacus Records) 2005
  40. Renolds Jazz Orchestra, CUBE (Shanti)
  41. Pino Iodice, HIGH TENSION 2006
  42. Loic Dequidt Quartet, NOMADE (Kopasetic) 2007
  43. Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, EXPLORATION (Spartacus Records) 2008
  44. Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith, LIVE AT BELLEVILLE (ECM)
  45. Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, RHAPSODY IN BLUE LIVE (Spartacus) 2009
  46. Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, TORAH (Spartacus) 2010
  47. Gildas Bocle, CROSSFIELDS
  48. Tommy Smith, KARMA (Spartacus) 2011
  49. Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, EMERGENCE (Spartacus Records)
  50. Karen Matheson, AT THE HEART OF IT (Vertical Records)
  51. Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, CELEBRATION (ECM) 2012
  52. Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, IN THE SPIRIT OF DUKE (Spartacus Records) 2013
  53. Michael Goldrick, AURORA (Vertical Records)
  54. Arild Andersen, MIRA (ECM) 2014
  55. Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, AMERICAN ADVENTURE (Spartacus Records)
  56. Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock, WHISPERING OF THE STARS (Spartacus Records)
  57. Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, CULLODEN MOOR (Spartacus Records)
  • Best Young Musician, Edinburgh Jazz Festival 1981
  • Best Band, Edinburgh Jazz Festival
  • National Big Band Competition; Outstanding Musician Award 1986
  • British Jazz Award 1989
  • Wavendon All Music Awards – Services to Music 1992
  • BT British Jazz Award 1996
  • Arts Foundation/Barclays Bank jazz composition fellowship prize
  • Scot Rail Award for Best Performance at the Glasgow Jazz Festival
  • Honorary Doctorate, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh 1999
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland 2000
  • Creative Scotland Award, Scottish Arts Council
  • Best Tenor Saxophonist, The British Jazz Awards 2002
  • Heart of Jazz Awards, BBC Jazz Awards 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Caledonian University, Glasgow
  • Best Woodwind, Scottish Jazz Awards 2009
  • Best Big Band for Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Scottish Jazz Awards
  • Professorship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2010
  • Best Educator, Best Big Band – Scottish Jazz Awards 2011
  • Best Educator, Best Album ‘KARMA’ – Scottish Jazz Awards 2012
  • Best Big Band – British Jazz Award
  • Honorary Doctorate of Music, Edinburgh University 2013
  • Best Live Performance, SNJO – Scottish Jazz Awards
  • Creative Scotland Award 2014

1981; Sky Trane, Stephanie, Boring Up to Here, 1982; Chocolate Beans, Nebuloso 166, Steps & Ladders, 1983; Egg Plant, Meat Bag, The Fourth Quadrant, 1984; Justification, Trane-ing For Life, T.N.K., Wild Play, Venturing Into The Unknown, Beautiful, My Friend, Lonely People, After Sex Comes Seven, Winny The Pooh!, Little Flower, Quiet Portraits, Greatfruit Juice, Flame, The Nats At Nargate Street, Sunwind, 1985; Mooi, 1986; Ally The Wallygator, Slip Of The Tongue, Harlequin, Foggy Windows, You Without A Smile, Too Easy To Believe, Boats & Boxes, Moving Forward, Naked Air, Ghosts, Step By Step, H & J, The Last Clown, Biting At The Apple, Cheap Money, Sweet Suite, Scottish Breakfast, 1987; Affairs, Please, Time Piece, Will’o The Wisp, No, Thanks, Pillow Talk, Quiet Picnic, Sudden Notion, Love At First, The Painted Word, 1988; Key To The Door Work for Chamber Group & Jazz Ensemble, Ever Never Land, Black Jack, The New Road, Losing Sleep Over You, Free Time, Interval Time, Peeping Tom, Jazz Types Theme Tune for BBC TV Jazz Show, Simple Pleasures, Springtime, Merry Go Round, 1989; Time For Love, Dankworth & The Eighth Dwarfs Work for 8 Saxophones & Rhythm Section, Dream Scapes, Paper House, Why Not, Julia, Second Nature, Inner Space, 1990; Duffle Coat, Traquair Suite, Blacken & Blue, Eccentricity, Animal Welfare, Children Play, Silent But Deadly, Dokyology, 1991; Tick Tock, Queen Street Garden BBC, Theme/Artistic Views, 1992; The Traveller, ‘Paris’ Sextet Suite: Dance Of The Penguins, Day Light, Tear, Lost, Reflections, Occidentalisim, True Sobriety, Ideology, Fragments, Birth, Phraseology, Dischord, Ping Pong, 1993; Tribute Work for chordless Quartet: The Maze
inspired by the poetry of Valerie Gillies, Bed Of Stone, The Return Of The Swallow, The Heavenly Stones, Nude In A Fountain
inspired by the poetry of Norman MacCaig, On The Ocean Floor
inspired by the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid, Dragons & Puffins, Mozart’s Cat Pussini, Scratch My Nose, Of Skunk And Men
inspired by the poetry of Maurice Lindsay, The Good Thief
inspired by the poetry of Tom Leonard, Crossing The Border
inspired by the poetry of Norman MacCaig, The Adventure Of The Chordless Band, Scotland’s Winter Suite for Jazz Orchestra: The Labyrinth
inspired by the poetry of Edwin Muir, Scotland’s Winter, After The Warming, Swing That Thing, Gulf Stream, Bounce Upon A Thought, Rambo Mambo, Reminiscence, Old Times, 1994; Hair, Falling In, Misty Morning & No Time – Sextet Suite No. 2 – dedicated to Norman MacCaig, Intrusion, Estuary, Incident, Memorial, The Root of It, You Went Away, Dipper, Rag & Bone, Sounds of the Day, Country Dance, Misty Morning & No Time, Day Break, Two Friends, Trapped, 1995; The Gold of the Azure, Escape Ladder, Siesta, The Smile of Flamboyant Wings, Vowel Song, Constellation: the morning star, The Calculation, Dancer, Dialogue of Insects, Blue I, II, III, An Tobar
inspired by the poetry of Derick Thomson, 1996; Beasts of Scotland – Poetry by Edwin Morgan, Golden Eagle, Salmon, Midge, Wolf , Red Deer, Gannet, Conger Eel, Spider, Seal, Wildcat, 1997; Planet Wave – Poetry by Edwin Morgan – Commissioned by the Arts Foundation, In The Beginning, The Early Earth, End Of The Dinosaurs, In The Cave, The Great Flood, The Great Pyramids, On The Volga, The Mongols, Magellan, Copernicus, 1998; Kill The Old Torture Their Young Commissioned by the Traverse Theatre, Monte Cristo – Poetry by Edwin Morgan – Commissioned by the Paragon Ensemble, The Dungeon, Mercedes, The Abbe, The Plot, Father & Son, Monte Cristo, Four Men, The Puppet Master, The Revenge, Song For A City – Poetry by Edwin Morgan Commissioned by the Glasgow City Council, Searching For That Elling Tone, 1999; The Blues Blew Blue, Hubba Hubba, Touch Your Toes, El Nino, Rain Dance, Dr. Smith, Dr. Sco, Eany Mean Miny Mo, Miracle, There’s a Blues Loose aboot this Hoose, Tombs of the Kings – Commissioned by the SNJO, 7 short pieces for Solo Saxophone, 2000; ‘The Millennial Suite’ for Dame Cleo Laine & John Dankworth OBE – Poetry by Edwin Morgan, TORAH for JOE LOVANO , Genesis – Primordial History, Exodus – Journey Through The Wilderness, Leviticus – Ritual, Numbers – Settlement, Deuteronomy – The Three Discourses of Moses, The Sons and Daughters of Alba – Poetry by Edwin Morgan, The Glen Of Tranquility, Madeleine Smith, Mary Queen Of Scots, St Tenew, St Columba, John Muir, Robert Burns, Burke & Hare, Finella, Janet Horn, Helen Adam, John Knox, Jenny Geddes, William Wallace
Commissioned by the Glemorangie Glasgow Jazz Festival, When I’m All Alone, Spartacus, 2001; Alpine Rhapsody
Commissioned by the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra BEAUTY & THE BEAST for DAVID LIEBMAN – Commissioned by the SNJO, London to Edinburgh, Commissioned by the SNJO
inspired by the poetry of Norman MacCaig, The Scream, Alcor, Capella, Deneb, Polaris, Camelopardalis, Phoenix, Cassiopeia, Perseus, Ursa Minor, Alpha Centauri, Lynx, Indus, Vela, Draco, Arrangements for Quartet:Winter Wonderland, God Rest, Ye Merry Gentlemen, Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, The Holy & The Ivy, Have Yourself A Merry Christmas, We Three Kings, The Christmas Song, 2002; For Solo Saxophone and Technology:Into Silence, Wolf, Mercury, Twin Towers, Robert Burns, In the Cave, In The Beginning, Loch Ness Monster Song, Ring Of Brodgar, Jazz Hop, From The Video Box, 2003; Woodstock, Easter Island, Lisbon Earthquake, Siege Of Leningrad, Sputnik’s Tale, On The Way To Barnard’s Star, Darwin In The Galapagos, Juggernaut, 2004; For B.B., Round Midnight arranged for the SNJO, Spirit of the Fallen Angel, Eve, Tree of Knowledge, Within the Shadow, Forbidden Fruit of Fire, One Wish, 2005; Angel Of The North for Tim Garland’s Jazz Orchestra, Arranged Chick Corea’s Quartet No. 2 for Orchestra, Arranged RHAPSODY IN BLUE for SNJO, 2006; Revised TORAH; 2009; Arranged Jan Garbarek’s Molde Canticle for SNJO, 2010; Commissioned by Serious and the Glasgow International Jazz Festival and was made possible with funding through Beyond Borders from the PRS for Music Foundation, World of the Gods, Goddess of Dawn & Revelry, God of the Moon, God of Fire, God of the Wind, God of Storms, The Underworld, God of the Sea, Goddess of the Sun, God of War, God of Thunder & Lightening, 2011; Karma, Star, Cause & Effect, Land of Heroes, Good Deed, Tomorrow, Projection, Sun, Who Are You?, Revised Beauty & The Beast for Bill Evans, Commissioned by Glasgow International Jazz Festival, 25, 2012; Divinity, The Whispering Of The Stars, Chaos Theory, Orissa.


1988; Unirsi In Matrimonio/Saxophone, Concerto No. 1 for Tenor Saxophone and String Orchestra 25:00 Commissioned by the Scottish Ensemble, I. Segui Il tuo Cuore – Largo-Andante-Largo-Adagio, II. Ballando In Un Campo Di Rose – Scherzo, III. I Bambini Intorno Alle Sue Ginocchia – Allegro con brio-Moderato, IV. Matrimonio Per Tre – Prestissimo-Largrimoso-Cantabile-Prestissimo, V. E scesa La Notte; Finalmente Pace – Largo sospirando-Largamente patimento, 1991; An Eccossais A Paris/Suite For Tenor Saxophone & String Orchestra 18:00
Commissioned by The Scottish Ensemble, I. Marchant Dans Les Rues – Tres moder, II. Vision De Memoire – Allegro, III. Rencontre Passionee-La Belle Et La Bete – Adagio-tres douleur, IV. Bruits Parfumes-Barriere De La Langue – Tres modere-Emphatique Francaise, V. Faim D’Obscurite-Manque De Sommeil – Andante, VI. Eternal Amour-Le Bonheur Uni – Tres lent, VII. Voyage A La Recherche Du Haggis – Tres Anime, 1992; Les Nouveaux Jeunes/12 Sketches for Saxophone & Piano 20:00 Written with assistance from The Scottish Arts Council, I. Lento, II. Calme, III. Allegro vivace, IV. Adagio, V. Allegro moderato, VI. Modere-Valse, VII. Tres anime et extrement egal, VIII. Andante-Allegretto molto agitato, IX. Grave, X. Scherzando, XI. Promenade du Cameleon, XII. Dallage irregulier, 1993; Sonata No. 1 for Piano & Tenor, Saxophone ‘Hall of Mirrors’ 25:00
Commissioned by Glasgow International Jazz Festival, I. Mirror Talk – Largo con moto-Andante-Marcato moderato-Ad libtum-Largo, II. Image – Prestissimo-Allegro strepitoso-Prestissim, III. The Looking Glass – Andantino dolce-Allegretto alla marcia-andantino Tranquillo, IV. Speculum – Vivace, 1994; Marine (The Chamber Group of Scotland) 5:00 {Saxophones, Mezzo Soprano, Piano, Percussion & Cello}
inspired by the poetry of Paul Verlaine & Music by Tommy Smith, Sequenza for Tenor Saxophone, 1995; Sonata No. 2 for Piano & Tenor & Soprano Saxophones ‘Dreaming With Open Eyes’ I. Call of the Shaman, II. The Promise and the Search, III. A Heap of Broken Images?, IV. Journeys Home, Destination Unknown, 1998; Hiroshima – 3rd Concerto for Orchestra & Saxophone – Commisioned by The
Orchestra Of St’ John Smith’s Square, I. The Morning, II. The Bombing, III. The Aftermath, 2001; Arranged Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs for saxophone and strings, 2002; Edinburgh – Commissioned by the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, 4th Concerto for Orchestra & Saxophone, 2008; revised Edinburgh for the RSNO, 2010; revised Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

  • Presented workshops with Gary Burton (Dean of Curriculum at Berklee College of Music) South America, North America, Canada, Europe 1986-1989
  • Presented Jazz Master classes at Berklee College of Music
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Israel 1991
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Paris Conservatoire 1992
  • Taught a jazz course in Edinburgh
  • Taught Jazz Improvisation at Napier University 1993-1994
  • Workshops & concert to special needs students, Glasgow
  • Taught a series of Jazz Workshops at Strathclyde Arts Centre
  • Gave a series of Jazz Workshops in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  • Taught Jazz Improvisation Course at Strathclyde University 1994-1995
  • Taught Jazz Improvisation at RSAMD 1995
  • Gave Jazz Workshops in Ayr, Dundee, Edinburgh,
  • Established the National Jazz Institute, Director of Jazz 1995-1998
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Aberdeen 1997
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Kazakhstan 1998
  • Gave a workshop to special needs students, Cheltenham
  • Presented Jazz Master class at Salford College in Manchester 1999
  • Many other Jazz Workshops around Gloucestershire
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Turkey
  • Taught on the Aarau Jazz Course, Switzerland with the world’s leading jazz musicians
  • Presented Jazz Master class at Berklee College of Music
  • Presented Jazz Master class in Glasgow w/SNJO
  • Taught on Jazz Course, Czech Republic
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Tobermory & Stornoway 2000
  • Taught on the Rotterdam Jazz Course with the world’s leading figures
  • Taught Jazz Workshop at Invergordon High School
  • Taught Jazz Workshops in Bucharest, Romania
  • Taught on the Aarau Jazz Course, Switzerland 2001
  • with the world’s leading jazz musicians
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Paris Conservatoire
  • Established the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra 2002
  • Presented Jazz Master classes at Stockholm & Gothenburg Conservatories
  • Presented Jazz Master class at the Royal Academy of Music, London 2003
  • Presented Jazz Master class at Leeds College of Music
  • Gave a workshop to special needs students, Helsinki, Finland
  • Taught on the Aarau Jazz Course, Switzerland
  • Presented Jazz Master class in Yemen 2004
  • Presented Jazz Master class in Portland, Oregon, USA 2005
  • Taught on the Aarau Jazz Course, Switzerland
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Cork, Ireland
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Reims, France 2006
  • Taught on the Rotterdam Jazz Course with the world’s leading figures
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Aberdeen & Glenrothes
  • Presented Jazz Master classes in Sweden
  • Taught Jazz Master classes at the Conservatory of Music-Guangzhou, China
  • Established the full-time degree course at the Royal Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow 2009
  • Presented Jazz Master class at Hull University with KARMA
  • Presented Jazz Master classes whilst on tour in Nicaragua 2010
  • Taught Jazz Master classes in Rostov-on-Don, Russia 2011
  • Presented Jazz Master classes for SPIC MACAY in India
  • Presented master class at the Lincoln Center, New York City 2012
  • Workshops in Edmonton, Canada
  • Workshops in the Highlands and islands, Scotland
  • Presented Jazz Master classes for SPIC MACAY in India 2013

Steve Hamilton, Paul Booth, Stuart Gorman, Graeme Scott, Konrad Wiszniewski, Tom MacNiven, Allon Beauviosin, Paul Towndrow, Theo Forrest, Fraser Campbell, Jo Fooks, Joe Wright, Alan Benzie, Patrick Kenny, Kevin Garrity and James Marr.

  • BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE ★★★★★ His tone is tungsten-tough or tender and nostalgic, his improvisations stimulating and affecting.” “He makes ancient and modern music sound strangely compatible and in his ecstatic renderings makes Coltrane’s ‘Naima’ and even Rodgers & Hart’s “My Romance’ sound like prayers. This is a unique album.”
  • SCOTSMAN ★★★★★ “His toughest and most creative quartet yet.”
  • IRISH TIMES ★★★★★ “Smith’s tenor is now the uniquely personal voice of a great player”
  • JAZZWISE “It is quite possibly his finest recording yet.”
  • OBSERVER Jazz CD of the week “An auspicious first release by Smith’s own label”
  • GUARDIAN “A rare splicing of rich-toned, pipe-like themes, fiercely guttural up-tempo tenor improv, Arabic and Irish music.”
  • MOJO “Scottish saxophonist/composer’s 24th album, one of his best.
  • BIRMINGHAM POST “Since Stan Getz died, Smith must be one of the chief contenders for most beautiful saxophone sound in the world.”
  • INDEPENDENT “Smith comes across as a true star, inhabiting the sound of his saxophone in a way very few players anywhere in the world are capable of.”
  • PLAYBOY MAGAZINE “Smith’s artful writing makes the band sound like a petite philharmonic.”
  • DOWNBEAT “Smith’s some sax-man. Possessing a shining powerful tone and masterful technique, he creates melodies, not riffs, even if the tempo is outrageous.”
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES “Smith’s soloing… is superb, never more so than in a stunning, utterly solo rendering of Solitude.”
  • ALL ABOUT JAZZ “Were Smith still living in the US, there’s every chance he’d be the star there that he clearly is at home.”
  • SCOTSMAN “Tommy Smith is not one to do things by half measures.”
  • GUARDIAN Jazz CD of the week “A very elegant take on standard jazz materials”
  • JOHN SCOFIELD “Tommy is an incredible writer and a great, great player.”
  • GARY BURTON “Tommy Smith, the most talented tenor sax star to arrive on the world scene in years.”
  • CHICK COREA “Tommy has a unique sound and approach. I like it from when I first heard him play as a student at Berklee.”
  • DAVID LIEBMAN “Tommy Smith is one of the best musicians around.”
  • JACK DeJOHNETTE “One of the important voices in the young tenor players of today.”

Paul Harrison

Jazz pianist, organist, composer and arranger Paul Harrison was born in Manchester, England. As a youth he constantly showed an adeptness and interest in musical directions beyond (and counter to) where his teachers were leading him, and he was improvising long before he was exposed to jazz. He settled in Scotland after entering Edinburgh University on a prestigious piano scholarship, where, during his final year he was awarded the Tovey Memorial Prize. After graduating he turned away from his classical background while immersing himself in the burgeoning and supportive Scottish jazz scene.

He won the Scottish regional final of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 1998 and again in 1999, both years going on to compete as one of six British finalists in London. In recent years Paul has been called on to play with many great outstanding international performers, including Chris Potter, David Binney, Bobby Watson, Jesse Davis, Lea DeLaria, Joe Locke, Ulf Wakenius and Warren Vache.

In 2009 Paul won the award for Best Pianist at the first Scottish Jazz Awards ceremony, and in 2011 received another award for Best Project for his composition The Hospitalfield Suite. In 2010 Paul was commissioned by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to write an arrangement of music by Miles Davis for guitarist John Scofield to play. Recent projects include two CDs with contemporary jazz saxophonist and highly distinctive composer Martin Kershaw, and a UK tour with saxophonist and composer Phil Bancroft’s Home, Small as the World show. In 2012 he tackled setting to music to the words of Scots poet William Soutar for a theatre show In a Sma Room. More recently he can be seen in an experimental duet Herschel 36 with percussionist Stuart Brown in which they play extended, freely improvised electronic music.

Paul now teaches on the jazz degree course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at The University of Edinburgh.


Alyn Cosker

Born in Irvine, Scotland, Alyn began studying drums at the age of thirteen. In 1995 Alyn won a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, but instead opted to remain in Scotland, studying music at Strathclyde University.

Alyn’s approach to music, technical capability and stylistic diversity has allowed him to become one of the UK’s most versatile and in-demand drummers. He has performed with such artists as Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Seamus Blake, Kurt Elling, Bobby Wellins, Eric Alexander, Gunther Schuller, Bill Evans, Arild Andersen, Laurence Cottle, Marti Pellow, Justin Currie, Isobel Campbell, Mark Lanegan, Karen Matheson, Eddi Reader, Sandi Thom, Wolfstone, Phil Cunningham, Tommy Smith, Paul Towndrow and many more.

In 2009 Alyn recorded his debut album for Linn Records, ‘Lyn’s Une’. Comprising entirely original compositions, it featured outstanding contributions from Tommy Smith, Jason Rebello, Paul Towndrow, Ryan Quigley, David Dunsmuir, Ross Hamilton and Maureen McMullan.

Alyn has appeared on numerous recordings, including:

‘The Guardian’ with Shirley Bassey.
‘Stereocanto’ – Fraser Fifield
‘The Green Machine’ – Martin Green
‘A Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ – Runrig’s Brian Hurren.
‘Water and Light’ and ‘Chasing Light’ – Gareth Davies Jones
‘Dreamsville’ – Carol Kidd
‘Whatever, Sincerely’ – Killer Shrimp
‘A Thousand Questions Why’ & ‘Ashes and Gold’ – Yvonne Lyon
‘Looking Back, Moving Forward’ – Maggie Reilly
‘Too Long Away’ – Emily Smith
‘Torah’ – Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
‘Karma’ – Tommy Smith
‘Newology’ – Paul Towndrow
‘Big Like this’ – ‘The Unusual Suspects’
‘Car Guitar Star’ – Daniel Wylie

Alyn is resident drummer with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and the jazz drum tutor for the Royal Conservatoire.

Mario Caribe

Born in Sao Paulo-Brazil, Mario moved to Scotland for studies, where was invited to join the Tommy Smith Sextet Beasts of Scotland , and later , the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He has played with many of the leading jazz musicians in the U.K such as : Tommy Smith, Kenny Wheeler, Carol Kidd, Norma Winston, Louise Gibson, Suzanne Bonnar, Phil Bancroft, Andy Panaiy, Tom Bancroft, Jamie Anderson, Brian Kellock, Steve Hamilton, John Rae, Clark Tracey, Tom Gordon, Jason Rebello, Gene Calderazzo, Kevin McKenzie, Alex Yellowlees, Nigel Clark, Malcom MacFarlane, Paul Harrison, Paddy Flaherty, Dave Milligan, Guy Barker, Eddie Severn, Gerard Presencer, Colin Steele, Andor Jensen, Claude Deppa, Dominic Alldis and Adam Glasser among others. He has also played with leading North American artists such as Bobby Watson, Scott Hamilton, Joe Locke, Valery Ponomarev and Madeline Eastman.

Mario is also involved in Jazz Education, having done several workshops about Latin American Music throughout Scotland. He also taught at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland Summer Course 1999, The Napier Jazz Summer Course 1999 and Dundee Play Jazz. He is currently involved with the The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, John Rae’s ‘Celtic Feet’, the Paul Harrison Trio, the John Burgess Quartet, Carlos Pena Y Sus Muchachos, Brazilliance, Laura McDonald Quartet, Eddie Severn Quintet, Martin Kershaw Quartet, Tom McNiven Quartet as well as working on his own projects .

Press Reviews

‘ ….I heard about Mario long before I met him. His reputation as a double bass player in Edinburgh’s Jazz scene preceded him.’ John Donoghue – The Scottish Bass Trust Bulletin

‘…Brian Kellock, Mario Caribe and John Rae understood precisely how to provide the right level of rhythmic propulsion.’ Kenny Mathieson – The Scotsman

‘…warmed up only by bassist Mario Caribe’s ‘Venus’. The band’s Brazilian bassist filled his piece with Latin rhythmic warmth and Brian Kellock’s piano bracketed punching horns, a warm wave lapping the stark edges of a frozen night.’ Bob Flynn – The Scotsman

‘…also threw up a wonderful three-way interplay from the rhythm section around Mario Caribe’s bass solo.’ Kenny Mathieson – The Scotsman

‘…The Paul Harrison Trio ….and served up an energised set of post-Coltrane jazz which confirmed the growing stature not only of the pianist, but also his collaborators, bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Paddy Flaherty.’ Kenny Mathieson – The Scotsman

‘Carlos Pena Y Sus Muchachos are performing in The Vineyard…these salsa kings will mix original compositions with classic material by New York Stars like Johny Pacheco, and Fania All Stars…other members of the orchestra include Brazilian bass maestro Mario Caribe and pianist Paul Harrison, Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year.’ Martin Claffey – The Examiner (Ireland)

‘…the Institute gave out it’s first scholarship – to a Brazilian bassist Mario Caribe, who saw an add for the institute while on holiday in Glasgow during the Jazz Festival. He applied, was accepted, moved his family to Scotland ….and is currently gigging as well as holding down the bass chair in Smith’s Beasts of Scotland Sextet. Scholarships are not given out lightly either… Caribe is an exceptional case. His is also an example to budding students.’ Rob Adams – The Herald

Kevin MacKenzie

Kevin Mackenzie is one of Scotland’s most in-demand musicians with projects ranging from Trio AAB and the Scottish Guitar Quartet to the Finlay Macdonald Band and Jenna Reid.

He has toured all over the world and has appeared as a guitarist on over 40 albums.

His groups have been featured alongside guitarist Robben Ford’s power trio, Bob Berg and Mike Stern, the Crusaders and Seminal Jazz figure Ornette Coleman.

In 2001 Kevin received the prestigious ‘Creative Scotland Award’, which he used to write and record music for his nine-piece band ‘Kevin Mackenzie’s Vital Signs’.

The CD gathered great reviews including album of the month in The Observer and CD of the week in The Guardian.

Noteable musicians Kevin has shared the stage with include: Boris Kozlov, Peter King, Benny Carter, Kenny Wheeler, Tommy Smith, Joe Locke, Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen, David Berkman, Reid Anderson, Ari Hoenig, Pettre Wettre, Jenna Reid, Alyth McCormack, John McCusker, Fiddlers Bid, Marie Fielding, Maggie Macinness, Sunhoney, Finlay Macdonald Band, Keep It Up, Karen Tweed, Brian Finegan, Gino Lupari and many others.

Chris Greive

Born in Perth, Western Australia in 1969, Chris started his musical life on Trombone and gained his BMus degree through WAAPA’s jazz program. Chris recorded & performed with many acts on the Perth Jazz scene, including wife Becc Sanderson, The Michael Pigneguy Sextet (to name only a few) & was a finalist in the Australian Jazz Brass Awards (1996) before relocating to Scotland in 2000.

Chris has toured with the likes of The Bad Plus & Salsa Celtica and his own highly acclaimed group ‘Newt’ (‘Ensemble of the Year’ 2012 Scottish Jazz Awards). NeWt were chosen to represent Scotland at the Made in the UK showcase 2012 at Rochester Jazz Festival as well as playing dates at Toronto Jazz Festival & Vancouver Jazz Festivals. A new album NeWt North will available autumn 2013 featuring music devised on, and influenced by the local environment & stories from, Unst, Shetland. He currently teaches Jazz Arranging, History & Improvisation at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow), plays Lead Trombone, and sometimes arranges for, the SNJO with whom he recently toured the USA, recording with such artists as Randy Brecker, Mike Stern & Kurt Elling among others.


Tom MacNiven

Tom MacNiven was born in Glasgow and began playing music with the 118th Glasgow company of the Boys’ Brigade. Tom was a finalist in the 1997 Royal Sun Alliance Young Jazz Musician of the Year. He recorded his album Guess What? with special guest saxophonist Bobby Wellins the same year.

Tom is a much in-demand session player and has recorded with a range of musicians including The Pastels, Silicone Soul, Figure 5, Sharleen Spiteri, The Pearl Fishers and The Fred Quimby Quartet. He has toured with Hue & Cry, Tam White, Boz Burrell and Paul Towndrow.

Tom is a tutor in Jazz trumpet at the Royal Conservatoire.