Jazz ace Tom takes on Miles Davis role

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen jazz mu­si­cian will step into some big shoes this week­end.

Tom MacNiven will be play­ing the part of mu­sic leg­end Miles Davis as the Scot­tish Na­tional Jazz Orches­tra (SNJO) per­forms two clas­sic al­bums this week­end in Perth, Edinburgh and Glas­gow.

The Glas­gow gig, at the Royal Con­cert Hall, falls on In­ter­na­tional Jazz Day, Sun­day, April 30.

Tom, who is from Wood­side Av­enue, has played trum­pet in the SNJO for over 20 years.

As well as his SNJO work he has worked as a ses­sion mu­si­cian, in­clud­ing ap­pear­ing on count­less al­bums and TV theme tunes and per­form­ing at most of the ma­jor fes­ti­vals in the UK in­clud­ing Glas­ton­bury, Read­ing and T in the Park.

The two works in this pro­gramme could not be more con­trast­ing, more iconic, and more peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar as defin­ing jazz of the 20th-Century.

Gersh­win’s Porgy and Bess al­bum in 1959 was rad­i­cally re-writ­ten by Gil Evans in ar­range­ments im­printed and voiced by the inim­itable Miles Davis on trum­pet.

They quickly fol­lowed that artis­tic suc­cess with Sketches of Spain, an al­bum in which Evans turned Ro­drigo’s Concierto de Aran­juez on its har­monic head, and Davis’ trum­pet play­ing trans­formed Span­ish folk melody into ur­bane jazz.

Tick­ets for the three con­certs are avail­able now, and visit www. snjo.co.uk for more de­tails.

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