“Inspiring.” John Taylor
“Go along and be amazed.” BBC Scotland
Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock are Scotland’s world-class jazz ambassadors. Their work individually constitutes many volumes of high-class jazz experience and together they have recorded three acclaimed duo albums as well as creating the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s ecstatically received Rhapsody in Blue Live and In the Spirit of Duke albums.
Smith emerged on the international jazz scene as a teenage saxophonist with vibes master Gary Burton’s group and has flourished through a career that includes recording for the legendary Blue Note label, touring the world with Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen’s state of the art jazz trio, and winning accolades including three honorary doctorates and a BBC Heart of Jazz award.
Pianist Kellock has long been recognised as the master musician’s chosen accompanist, having worked with Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, Sheila Jordan, Carol Kidd, Liane Carroll, Herb Geller and many other internationally renowned musicians, and is an award-winning pianist and bandleader in his own right.
Tom Gibbs is a pianist and composer living in Glasgow. Mentored by British greats, John Taylor and Julian Arguelles, his 2012 album ‘Fear of Flying’ (Whirlwind Recordings) was named as one of MOJO magazine’s jazz releases of the year. It features New Yorker Will Vinson on saxophones. The previous year, he was named as one of Jazzwise’s ‘One to look out for in 2011,’ and his 2010 album Forgotten Things (co-led with Euan Burton) was picked as an album of the year by Radio Scotland. He has played around the UK and Europe with Lauren Kinsella’s Thought Fox, the Euan Burton Quartet, the Brian Molley Quartet, Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons. His Scottish band features Adam Jackson, Euan Burton and Doug Hough.