A flashback to Feb 2014, when Scotland's world-class big band, the SNJO, visited Perth Concert Hall with the wonderful American singer Kurt Elling, considered by many to be the greatest male vocalist in jazz. A particular standout of a fantastic show was this beautiful Florian Ross arrangement of The Loch Tay Boat Song, which they brought home to Perthshire with sumptuous style and sensitivity.
Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Declared “the standout male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times, Elling has garnered unprecedented accolades, including a fourteen-year run atop the DownBeat Critics Poll, a dozen GRAMMY nominations and eight Jazz Journalists Association awards for Male Singer Of The Year.
Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a virtuoso instrumentalist and a compelling storyteller. Whether transforming timeless standards or crafting his own enthralling originals, Elling balances elegant lyricism and technical mastery with wry humor, emotional depth, and keen observations into the human condition.
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Founder/Director Tommy Smith established the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in 1995 as a not-for-profit organisation with a crystal-clear artistic vision and core values of versatility, discipline and expression. The SNJO is dedicated to promoting jazz through performances, original compositions, recordings, and educational outreach programmes.
Many of the leading lights in world jazz have enthusiastically shared the stage with the SNJO. Branford Marsalis, Cleo Laine, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Bobby Watson, DaveLiebman, Joe Lovano, Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Novak, Arild Andersen, Peter Erskine, Kurt Elling, Makoto Ozone, Jazzmeia Horn and Randy Brecker have all joined the orchestra to explore virtually every room in the house of the jazz.