Tom Green

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Upcoming gigs
03/09 Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet Charlie Wright's

06/09 Brass Funkeys Bestival

19/09 Tom Green Septet Lancaster Jazz Festival



News

14/08/14 – WCOM Jazz Medal Finalist & Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet

It's a real honour to have been chosen as a finalist for the 2014 Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal, along with a group of other incredible young musicians and close friends. The final (gig) will be held on 21st September at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, where we'll play two sets of music together, and there will be an audience vote will decide the "winner" - it promises to be a great night of music whatever the outcome!

The gig starts at 7.45 and tickets are here. The other finalists are: Nadim Teimoori (tenor sax), Phil Meadows (alto sax), Sam James (piano), Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass) and Moses Boyd (drums).

I'm also looking forward to a run of gigs with the amazing Misha Mullov-Abbado, recent winner of the Edition Records Kenny Wheeler Prize, who I will be recording an album with next year as part of his quintet. The band also features Matthew Herd, Jacob Collier and Scott Chapman, and we are playing the BBC Proms late set tomorrow Friday 15th Aug, and Charlie Wright's bar on 3rd September. See the Gigs page for more details.

20/05/14 – Septet album recording

30 days ago we recorded 8 tracks at Real World Studios over 3 days which will form my Septet's debut CD - 7 of my original compositions and an arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Skylark’. The session was engineered by Alex Killpartrick and photographed amazingly by Aga Tomaszek.

We are all very excited about this record – we’ve been playing some of the music for over a year and this is really the culmination of all the work we’ve put in up until now. There is a still frustratingly long process between recording the record and letting people hear it - we are mixing and mastering the CD in the next couple of months, for a release at the beginning of 2015, followed by an extensive UK tour.

You can catch the Septet next at the FREE Wigmore Hall late sets on the 6th June, at Omnibus, Clapham on the 6th July, or at Marlborough Jazz Festival on 19th July.

















15/05/14 New videos from the Forge feat Iain Ballamy

Filming by LAITO.

14/05/14 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

An album I’m a part of by Troyk-estra has just won “Album of the Year” in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards – you can check it out here.


01/05/14 Tunisia workshops for International Jazz Day

In April I was fortunate enough to be invited as a workshop leader to Tunisia, along with my quartet featuring Sam Miles, Sam James and JJ Wheeler, to lead a program for International Jazz Day 2014 with the Jazz Club de Tunis and musicians from the US and France. We taught and collaborated with 30 amazing Tunisian musicians over 9 days, sharing our knowledge but most of all being incredibly inspired by the dedication of some of the musicians to teach themselves jazz in a country where there are no Western musical instrument shops, let alone jazz specialist teachers. We came away incredibly humbled by the experience with a huge amount of respect for all of the musicians there! More collaborative projects will hopefully follow in the future.

















20/03/14 Emerging Excellence award, Tunisia and Album recording

After a great few gigs in the last month my Septet are really looking forward to recording our album at Real World Studios from 19-21st April engineered by Alex Killpatrick (Kit Downes, Troyk-estra). Now it’s just a case of choosing the tracks, solos, artwork – the list goes on!

Straight after recording I am flying to Tunisia to work with the Jazz Club de Tunis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra from New York on an ambitious programme leading up to a concert on International Jazz Day (31st April). I am bringing a few other UK musicians with me - we will be tutoring on the programme and forming part of a large ensemble with musicians from all three countries to perform for a unique concert – I'll be teaching masterclasses and tutoring some combos as well as collaborating with musicians from NY and Tunisia. It’ll be great to go back there - hopefully the experience will be just as inspiring as it was when I was there for a few days last summer.

Finally I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been awarded an “Emerging Excellence” award from Help Musicians UK to help fund the development of the Septet over the next year. It should help us with finances for the album recording and to undertake an extensive UK tour (and maybe further afield) from the Autumn onwards. Can't wait to get started!

If you want to catch the Septet for the last time before our album recording you can do so at the Spice of Life in Soho on 17th April – be great to see you there!

About

Tom Green
Mentioned three times as Jazzwise magazine's "One to Watch 2014", Tom is a trombonist, composer and arranger based in London who has directed his own groups and big bands on national and international tours, and has performed at venues including Ronnie Scott's, the Vortex Jazz Club, 606 Club, Bull's Head, the Casa del Jazz in Rome, the Budapest Jazz Club, the Jazz Club of Tunis, and at the Montreux, Toronto and Montreal Jazz Festivals.

Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, his playing and writing have gained numerous accolades from many important figures in the UK jazz scene. His musical experience includes directing, writing, arranging and performing music with big bands, orchestras, chamber, soul, funk, jazz and progressive rock groups both locally and nationally, as well as tours with professional shows across Europe, on both trombone and keyboards.

In 2011 Tom was the first trombonist to be accepted onto the prestigious postgraduate jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied under Mark Bassey, Gordon Campbell and Mark Nightingale. Whilst at the Academy he was also fortunate enough to work with musicians including Dave Douglas, Joe Locke, Stan Sulzmann, Django Bates, Nikki Iles, Martin Speake, Liam Noble, Barak Schmool, Pete Churchill, Stan Tracey and Troyka.

As a leader and sideman Tom has performed alongside musicians such as Iain Ballamy, Gareth Lockrane, Steve Waterman, Kit Downes, Issie Barratt and Mike Gibbs. His current main project is the Tom Green Septet, who are undergoing their first UK tour in November and December 2013.

Please get in touch with Tom for more information. Download hi res photos




Tom Green Septet

Tom Green Septet

Download Septet hi res photos and EPK (Electronic Press Kit)

"Remarkable… only the very best arrangers can get a sound like that from four horns"
Evan Parker, June 2013

"Contemporary chamber jazz that is both elegant and lively, full of tightly written passages that blossom into free playing with natural ease"
Tony Benjamin, Venue Magazine Bristol, December 2013

The Tom Green Septet weaves together influences as diverse as flamenco, folk and New Orleans second line, to form tunes with striking melodies, colourful harmony and propulsive grooves. The group has spent time refining its material through live performances at venues including the Forge, the Stables and Wigmore Hall to create a cohesive and unique group voice. Bringing together some of the most talented young musicians in the London jazz scene, the group creates a distinct sound world using the full range of textures available in the seven-piece ensemble, and has been slowly gaining a strong following and fine reviews since its inception.

The group has performed across in the UK and internationally, including an 8-date UK tour in November/December 2013 and recent workshops and concerts in Tunisia, Italy and Switzerland, and have recently recorded their first studio album, due for release in early 2015.

Tom Green - Trombone/Compositions
Matthew Herd - Alto/Soprano Saxophones
Sam Miles - Tenor Saxophone
James Davison - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Sam James - Piano
Misha Mullov-Abbado - Double Bass
Scott Chapman - Drums

"I've been involved in jazz for more than 60 years and this is some of the most exciting original new music I have heard for a long time. Tom's writing has complexity, depth and intensity but above all a strong melodic thread… played with fantastic energy and a true band sound"
Dame Cleo Laine, June 2013

"Interwoven contrapuntal writing of real intricacy… an impeccably tuned front four, the crisp accuracy of Scott Chapman at the drum kit…"
Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz Blog, Feb 2013

Equilibrium (Winner of 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition)





Compass

Compass
Compass is an acoustic project fusing influences from global music with modern jazz. Using infectious grooves, colourful melodies and group improvisation, the band takes influences from flamenco, choro, cuban and folk music and many other styles to perform original compositions with a unique sound. Between them, the band members have won various awards and played extensively around London, the rest of the UK and abroad, and through this collaborative project are exploring a new and intimate musical setting.

Tom Green - Trombone
Alex Munk - Guitar
Tom McCredie - Double Bass
Scott Chapman - Cajon/percussion

Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

A new collective big band featuring some of London's most exciting young talent. All prizewinning composers, bandleaders and performers in their own right, their compositions and influences are as eclectic and diverse as the players within the group. The band was set up to perform a concert at La Mortella, Ischia, the home of composer William Walton, in Summer 2013, and plays original music by the band members, alongside retrospective concerts spanning the full 100 year history of large ensemble writing.

In November 2014 the band will showcase a world premiere of two sets of original music written specially for the occasion at the Forge in Camden as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. The band also specialises in performing authentic music from early composers including Fletcher Henderson and Artie Shaw to the swing era; Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones and many more, as well as modern charts by Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely and Michael Abene, performing at venues including the Spice of Life and Gunnersbury, and they have also run workshop programs in all aspects of improvisation, jazz composition and big band playing.




Other Projects

Tom Green Septet

Jazz and contemporary projects as a sideman include:






- Troyk-estra
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Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet
- Kieran McLeod's "Human Resource System"
- Sam Watts Group
- Dave Smyth's Timecraft Octet
- Gareth Lockrane Big Band
- London City Big Band

Projects in other styles as a sideman include:
- Dixie Strollers - Authentic young Dixieland jazz group
- Brass Funkeys - New Orleans/Funk/Rock Brass Band
- Live and Let Funk - Soul/funk/rock
- Orquesta La Rebelion - Salsa/latin
- Aeon Zen - Progressive metal (keyboards)

Other associated venues and collaborations:
- La Mortella, Ischia, Italy (William Walton Foundation)
- Jazz Club de Tunis
- Budapest Jazz Club
- Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra

Composition & other activities

Tom is a highly active composer writing for a variety of ensembles and musicians, having studied with composers Pete Churchill, Mark Lockhart, and Liam Noble amongst others. Other than his septet writing he has written and arranged for strings, horn sections, chamber and brass groups, choirs, function bands and many other ensembles. He also regularly provides transcriptions and engraving in Sibelius.

In addition Tom regularly records and performs for sessions (BBC, CBBC), MDing work (big bands on national and international tours), shows on trombone and keyboards (West Side Story, Les Miserables at venues in Cyprus, Jersey, Guernsey), teaching (privately, specialising in jazz on piano and trombone) and at private functions (from background jazz to soul/funk/rock/pop). Get in touch for more information.

Discography


National Youth Jazz Orchestra - The Change


Troyk-estra - Live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2013

Gigs

Contact

email: tom@tomgreen.org.uk

tel: +44 (0)7732 407491