Tommy Smith & Peter Johnstone
Tommy Smith & Peter Johnstone – Tommy and the pianist from his ‘Coltrane’ quartet, Peter Johnstone play intimate, intensely musical duets featuring a repertoire drawn from the jazz standards canon and pieces by Chick Corea, Michael Brecker and more. Tommy Smith is one of the world’s leading saxophonists and his duo with pianist Peter Johnstone brings together two generations of Scottish jazz mastery. Tommy has worked with a galaxy of great jazz talents, including Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Mike Stern, John Scofield and Peter Erskine, so when he chooses the pianist in his current quartet, Peter Johnstone as a duo partner on the grounds of his strength and imagination as an accompanist and improviser, we must take note. Peter is a former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and his exuberant, volcanic performances with Smith’s ‘Coltrane’ quartet, Embodying the Light, have drawn ecstatic praise from promoters and audiences alike. As well as featuring extensively with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, with the organ trio Prime and with saxophonist Helena Kay, Peter has won the much-coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize with the Scottish band Square One and is also an accomplished classical pianist, having completed his Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016.
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