27 Reasons for Catching Mike Mainieri in Concert with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

directed by Tommy Smith presents


Friday 10th June 2016 7.30 p.m. Queens Hall Edinburgh 0131 668 2019

Saturday 11th June 2016 7.30 p.m. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 0141 332 5057

Sunday 12th June 2016 7.30 p.m. Gardyne Theatre 01382 434 940

(pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm at each performance)

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) leaps back to the future with visionary jazz pioneer and vibraphone master Mike Mainieri to play The Music of Steps Ahead. Music fans who are fascinated by the intersecting paths of rock, blues, funk, jazz and world music are invited on a unique journey into the creative mind of a quiet, modest and important musical iconoclast.

Mainieri’s ground-breaking group Steps Ahead anticipated the enrichment of jazz forms through the assimilation of other genres by more than thirty years. They first made their mark as a must-see live band full of ferocious energy and boundless invention. Later, the ensemble took on the characteristics of an all-star collective that has at various times included Mike Brecker, Bob Berg, Bill Evans, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Donny McCaslin, Eddie Gomez and Mike Stern.

Slide Show of 27 Albums featuring contributions by Mike Mainieri as a leader, producer or contributor

Mike Mainieri has enjoyed a long career as a fiercely independent bandleader, composer, arranger and first-call vibraphone accompanist for some of the biggest names in rock music. He has lent his distinctive sound to the likes of Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Janis Ian, Dire Straits and Laura Nyro, and he imbued their songs with sophisticated ideas that enhanced some of their finest recordings. Those qualities have circulated back into Mainieri’s collaborations and initiatives with others, and flowered with spectacular results on his American Diary albums and his Northern Lights project.


He joins the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for this special concert series to re-visit the music of Steps Ahead, and re-invent it in new arrangements (specially commissioned by the SNJO) from Christian Jacob, Geoffrey Keezer, Florian Ross and Christian Elsässer.

The SNJO invites you to surround yourself in the sound of Mainieri’s mind-melting vibraphone virtuosity on Safari, and bathe in the warm Pools of lush, exotic orchestral jazz. There is a Bullet Train waiting to take you places you never thought existed, all you need is a ticket to the show.

The Music Flag/SNJO