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Tom’s versatility and creativity as a pianist establishes him as one of the most exciting, up and coming players in the UK. Tom’s style brings originality while still being firmly rooted in the swing tradition. Tom has played many of the Uk's finest jazz artists including Tina May, Zoe Francis, Jim Mullen, Mike Walker, Dennis Rollins, Andy Cleyndert, Alec Dankworth, Karen Sharpe, Alan Barnes, Enrico Tomasso, Simon Spillett, Allison Neale, Quentin Collins, to name a few. Growing up, Tom was exposed to the sounds of Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner and Nat King Cole to name a few. He started playing the piano at the age of 5 and after completing his classical studies he then decided to concentrate fully on Jazz. He studied at Leeds College of Music and graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Jazz performance, receiving the Jazz Conservatoire Prize. Here he gained valuable playing experience and studied under some of the UK’s best players and teachers. Tom also had the privilege of studying with David Newton (voted best UK Jazz Pianist 13 times in a row by the British Jazz Awards). He continues to study with LA based pianist, Tamir Hendelman, (Tamir Hendelman Trio, Jeff Hamilton Trio). Playing regularly across the UK, Tom has had the pleasure of playing alongside a number of well-known and prominent artists on the jazz scene today including Alec Dankworth at Cleo Lane’s Wavedon Festival, Mike Walker and Ian Dixon in a concert of Mike’s ‘Madhouse’ Album and Monty Alexander at Ronnie Scotts. Whilst at college, Tom was asked to perform at the prestigious Steinway Hall Concert in London in 2013, an event which showcased the achievement of jazz students from Leeds College of Music. He was also involved in a BBC broadcast of ‘Songs of Praise’, providing accompaniment for the choir in the house band. Now at the age of 24, Tom enjoys teaching and working with other creative musicians to discover new music and fresh approaches to improvisation. Tom leads his own trio with Chris Jones on bass and Mark Whitlam on drums and looks forward to the release of the trio’s recording debut, Push It! , which features a mixture of original compositions and a fresh take on some old classic jazz standards.
Tom graduated with an MA Composition for Film and TV from Bristol University in 2016, receiving tuition from two of the UK’s top BBC composers, Will Goodchild and Martin Kiszko. Here Tom honed his compositional skills on a number of varied projects including, short films, animation, advertisements, documentaries and video games. Tom collaborated with a BBC Bristol producer to compose music for a BBC Wildlife short and conducted and recorded his composition with the Bristol Ensemble, a professional quintet used in many BBC Natural History scoring projects. Tom also worked with a team of game designers to produce the soundtrack for a science fiction video game, producing music as well as sound design. In 2015, Tom composed a number of jazz compositions for an online calendar produced by Mytton Williams, a Bath-based Design company. ‘The client was looking for music to accompany an online animation and I based my compositions on seasons of the year’, ‘It was great fun collaborating with a design company like Mytton Williams and I gained knowledge of ways to communicate with a group of professionals ensuring the brief was interpreted accurately’. The MA course at Bristol exposed Tom to people in the industry and he continues to work with talented filmmakers and producers across the UK.