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Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court Theatre

  • VisitScotland 4 Star Arts Venue

Music - Jazz, Fri 22 Sep 2017



Bishop's Road,
Ness Walk,

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The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) directed by Tommy Smith, featuring MARTIN TAYLOR (guitar).

It's swing time in Inverness this September as the SNJO and renowned guitarist Martin Taylor celebrate the extraordinary music of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt, one of the most iconic and popular figures in jazz.

This remarkable concert will celebrate pioneering music that was pivotal to the evolution of jazz in Europe, and personified the strength of one man’s indomitable spirit. Everyone knows the sound of a gypsy jazz guitar, but Django Reinhardt played the instrument like no one else and has inspired guitarists for more than seventy years. Django’s musical legacy has endured long after his premature death in 1953. His understanding of melody and the fluidity of his playing, despite severe paralysis in two fingers of his left hand, ensured his status as a guitar hero and ‘Gypsy Jazz’ as a jazz form, is virtually synonymous with his name.

Martin Taylor is widely recognised as a leading interpreter of Django Reinhardt’s music, not least through his Spirit of Django projects and his prior artistic association with Stephane Grappelli. Taylor’s own Roma heritage provides an obvious spiritual connection to the music, but his precise style and cultured approach to improvisation are both virtuosic and thoroughly modern.

This concert is a wonderful opportunity to hear how Reinhardt’s timeless melodies can be reborn through re-invention without ever losing original character or appeal. Djangology, Belleville, Swing Guitars and Django Rag are just some of Django's best known tunes that will enjoy new arrangements for the orchestra written by some of the SNJO’s closest collaborators and which will give free spirited improvisation a starring role.

The SNJO and Martin Taylor will reach into the Django’s legacy and bring an orchestral sheen to familiar treasures from Reinhardt repertoire. In fact, Django made several big band recordings in the 1940’s, and they are fondly referenced here with sophisticated refinement and polished modernity. The programme also includes original compositions by Martin Taylor, as well as his arrangement of a wonderful song written as a piece for solo guitar by Marguerite Monnot.

Tommy Smith once more directs the SNJO through the twists and turns of joyous music that lived in the moment and lives on today as one of the happiest sounds in jazz music. Perhaps that is why the Spirit of Django has lived on from one century to the next, and still appeals to everyone, everywhere.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Free parking available.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 22 Sep 2017 19:30




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    Map reference: NH 663447  Lat: 57.47309 Long: -4.23082


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

    Free parking available.