Youth Jazz Workshop – Tommy Smith (Saxophone)

XRIJF Jazz Workshops for Young Music Students

26 Gibbs Street 1:00-2:30 p.m. Free. Sponsored by Wegmans. No registration is required. Attend one or more days. Open to all grade school and high school music students.

This series of five structured jazz workshops give young music students the exceptional opportunity to play and meet, listen to and learn from professional jazz musicians performing at the festival. Hosted by Bob Sneider, Eastman School of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and Senior Instructor of Jazz Guitar, and led by five musicians performing at XRIJF.

2018 Schedule: Monday,  June 25: Tommy Smith (saxophone)Tuesday, June 26: Dmitri Matheny (trumpet)Wednesday, June 27: Mike Melito (drums)Thursday, June 28: Mark Lewandowski (upright bass)Friday, June 29: Jon Ballantyne (piano)

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-six solo albums as a leader for Blue NoteLinn 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.

Tommy Smith is also founder/director of The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and is current Artistic Director of the first ever full-time jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He also holds three honorary doctorates from Heriot-Watt, Glasgow Caledonian & Edinburgh Universities and a Professorship from the RCS. His latest album KARMA won him his seventh Scottish Jazz Award for album of the year in 2012.

Tommy Smith is a D’Addario Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Select Jazz reeds.