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SHETLAND Jazz Club is getting ready to host its biggest ever gig on Friday night, when the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) plays in Mareel.

Brian Kellock.

The concert will feature some of the greatest music from Duke Ellington, as featured on the SNJO’s CD The Spirit of Duke, as well as a special arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

The club’s secretary, Jeff Merrifield, said: “Under the expert direction of tenor saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith, who also arranged many of the scores, you can expect to hear well-known tunes like Rockin’ in Rhythm and Prelude to a Kiss as well as more obscure compositions, such as the sumptuous The Single Petal of a Rose and the exciting Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue.

“The man in the piano hot seat for the Ellington pieces (a tough act to follow as Ellington was such a distinctive pianist) and the extraordinary technicalities of the Gershwin is Brian Kellock. But he’s well up to the job, as those standing ovations prove.”

And he added: “This is a world class concert and a rare opportunity to see the finest jazz musicians in Scotland play some of the greatest music ever written.”

Tickets are £25 (£23 for concessions) and are available from Shetland Box Office on 01595 745555 or at www.shetlandboxoffice.org