Tom Green





Tom Green is a London-based trombonist, composer, arranger and improviser working primarily in the fields of jazz and contemporary music.

Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, he performs regularly around the UK as well as writing for his own projects and other ensembles, and has performed at prestigious venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

"Skyline", his debut album with his Septet, is out now.
"A kaleidoscope of harmony that is not only phenomenally skilful, but absorbing and endlessly entertaining, too" (Dave Gelly, Observer)
Recent quotes
"Some of the most exciting original music I've heard for a long time" Dame Cleo Laine

"A poised and nuanced improviser" John Fordham, the Guardian

"A new rising star in the British Jazz scene"
Nigel Williams, Jazz FM
Upcoming gigs
04/03 Tom Green Septet The Lescar, Sheffield

05/03 Tom Green Septet Matt & Phreds, Manchester

06/03 Tom Green Septet JATP Jazz, Bradford



News

01/03/15 – 9 days on tour, Jazzwise "Taking Off", 4* review

We've had a few days to recover from our amazing 9-date septet tour across the UK last week - it's been incredible for us to perform my music for audiences up and down the country and a massive thank you to all of the promoters and audiences who came and supported us. There's nothing better than turning up to a city you've never visited before, to find a great venue and people who are so enthusiastic to see you play.

We played for the first time ever in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Aviemore in Scotland, complete with enough time for a few side trips to some amazing castles and mountain scenery - and maybe a bit of sampling of the local whiskies as well! After that we spent a couple of nights in Leeds, followed by Newcastle, Scarborough and our first ever gig in my hometown of Cambridge, to a sell-out crowd. We couldn't have asked for more.











We've got 5 dates left of the tour, in Sheffield, Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham and Colchester - do come and support us if you live near any of those areas!

We've also had a really fantastic and in-depth 4* review of Skyline by Ian Mann of the Jazz Mann blog. "A strong opening statement from Green, an impressively mature piece of work that fully justifies all the praise that has been coming his way"

Finally I've also been featured in the March issue of Jazzwise magazine in their "Taking Off" section; check out this great article written by Peter Vacher:



08/02/15 – More great reviews for "Skyline"

Delighted to get a 4* review in the Telegraph by Ivan Hewett who came to our concert at the Stables last week. "Mighty impressive... Green is an optimist, which makes a change in an era when so many young bands deal in dark moodiness. And he has a natural talent which just pours out. My cold drove me out well before the end, but not before I’d learned that this band is one to look out for."

Also a brilliant write-up from Peter Bacon in the excellent Jazz Breakfast blog. "There’s little point in picking out highlights – the whole album is a highlight. And beautifully recorded by Alex Killpatrick at Real World Studios. Highly recommended."

Come and catch us on our tour dates in Scotland and the North, as well as a couple of dates closer to home in Colchester Cambridge in the coming month!

02/02/15 – Album out TODAY! Guardian and Observer reviews

Today is the day! My debut CD "Skyline" is out now and it can be ordered here.

We've also had two fantastic reviews from Dave Gelly in the Observer, and from John Fordham in the Guardian: "a band with big sound, and big prospects".

There's also a nice feature and review in this month's Sandy Brown Jazz magazine, as well as some plays on Jazz FM, Hoxton Radio and Jazz on 3.

It's been a long journey getting to this point and I'm incredibly thankful to everyone who's helped me - our amazing sound engineers Alex Killpartrick and Donal Whelan, Aga Tomaszek and Sam Barley for the brilliant album design, and most of all to the band members who have put all of their time and energy into playing my music over the last two years. Looking forward to our tour over the next two months!


26/01/15 – One week to go! And plenty of great reviews

Reviews have been flooding in for the new Septet album! Check them out:

All About Jazz (4*): "This group of seven players has the genuine feel of an ensemble: each musician matters as an individual, a personality whose particular approach to his instrument is integral to Green's compositions and to the success of Skyline. "

Bebop Spoken Here: "It's as if Gil Evans met Oliver Nelson and Quincy Jones in a downtown bar and said, "Let's write something together that will be as modern as tomorrow but still appeal to the guy we met yesterday!""

London Jazz News: "(Tom is a) trombonist, pianist, composer, arranger and band-leader of rare accomplishment. Skyline needs to be listened to with care. There’s a lot going on, and it richly repays your full attention."

Marlbank (4*): "A fine debut…. Highly assured and mature with a defining pastoral slightly bittersweet warmly acoustic Gil Evans-like chamber jazz complexion to it"

Jazzwise live review of Burdall's Yard: "a great start to a national tour that will be well worth catching."

Coming this Thursday 29th Jan - our album launch at St James Theatre Studio in Victoria - can't wait. And don't forget to order your copy of "Skyline" here and we'll get it to you by 2nd Feb!


08/01/15 – First Review (4*), Serious 'Take Five' selection and Jazz Services Gigs front cover

What a week! Loads of bits and pieces about the new CD and things coming up in 2015. Most excitingly we've had our first review for 'Skyline' from Stephen Graham's Marlbank blog, a whopping four stars: 'a fine debut... highly assured and mature with a defining pastoral slightly bittersweet warmly acoustic Gil Evans-like chamber jazz complexion to it'. If that doesn't sum it up I don't know what will!

I've also been lucky enough to be selected as a participant in this year's Take Five programme, run by Serious, which takes place over a week's residential course in February right before my tour kicks off. The contents of the programme are shrouded in secrecy but by just looking at the other participants alone it should be a great week: they include Emilia Mårtensson, Lauren Kinsella, Phil Meadows, Percy Pursglove, Alice Zawadski, Heidi Heidelberg and Sam Andrae, all musicians who I hold in the highest regard and look forward to working alongside and learning from!

This month's Jazz Services 'Gigs' magazine also features my Septet on the front cover, as well as an interview inside I did about what I expect from touring the band over the next few months. Check it out.

You can pre-order the CD, due out in less than a month, on the Spark Label website. There are also still a number of tickets avaliable for my album launch on 29th January, but they are going fast, so booking is advised if you're thinking of coming!


01/01/15 – Promo Video and album clips!

17/12/14 – "Skyline" pre-orders open


You can now pre-order my debut CD "Skyline" via the Spark Label website. Both physical copies and digital downloads are avaliable which will be delivered on the release date, 2nd Feb 2015.

All pre-orders include a FREE instant download of the first track "Sticks and Stones", and if you order a physical copy you will also get a link to download the full album on the release date.

The CD was recorded at Real World Studios and mixed by Alex Killpartrick, and mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering. The 6-panel digipack features album artwork by Sam Barley and photography by Aga Tomaszek.
















01/12/14 – Septet Spring 2015 tour dates!

The first of my album release tour announcements is here! The Septet will be playing 18 dates across the country from 16th Jan to 27th March. Looking forward especially to getting up to Scotland and the North for the first time and can't wait to try out some new music along the way, as well as playing a number of tracks from the CD.

For album launch tickets go here - and if you subscribe to my mailing list I'll be sending out details of special offers on tickets, CDs and other bonus content leading up to release.


29/10/14 – "Skyline" Album launch date announced - 29th Jan

Massively excited to have confirmed my album title and launch date at the great intimate venue of St James Theatre Studio in Victoria. Tickets are on sale here.







25/10/14 – November mini Septet tour

My Septet will be hitting the road for 3 dates in the next month before our London Jazz Festival showcase gig on Monday 17th Nov - really looking forward to doing our first gig in Birmingham at the Yardbird, as well as returning to the Bebop Club in Bristol where we had such a great reception on our tour a year ago. Finally we'll be heading to Devon for the Teignmouth Jazz Festival which is in its 25th Anniversary year, and looks to have a stellar lineup. Dates are:

Thursday 13th November - The Yardbird, Birmingham, 8pm

Friday 14th November - The Bebop Club at the Bear, Bristol, 9pm

Saturday 15th November - Teignmouth Jazz Festival, 8pm, St Michael's Church

I've also added some London Jazz Festival gigs to my schedule (now one every night for 10 days!) - I'll be playing with the Matt Roberts Big Band on 16th Nov with 3 other amazing large ensembles, at the Worshipful Company of Musicians Finalists Showcase on 20th, and two gigs with the Brass Funkeys at the O2 Brooklyn Bowl supporting the Dirty Dozen brass band and at Rich Mix in Shoreditch on 22nd, as well as the dates announced below.

It's going to be a busy few weeks!


08/09/14 – EFG London Jazz Festival Shows announced

I'm incredibly excited to be playing 3 shows of original music in this year's London Jazz Festival:


Monday 17th November - Tom Green Septet & Tom White Septet, Spice of Life - the final London date for my Septet in 2014, a double bill also featuring another Septet run by the amazing trombonist Tom White. We've been meaning to do this show for a long time now - two 7-piece bands run by two trombonists for the price of one!

Tuesday 18th November - Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, the Forge - I'm incredibly excited to be launching this new collective big band along with a group of like-minded musicians and friends. Featuring brand new compositions by all the members of the band (myself included), this launch gig promises to be an amazing opportunity to hear the writing and playing of some of the best young musicians in London. More information here.

Wednesday 19th November - Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet, Green Note - a jazz festival special with Misha's quintet, with whom I'll be recording an album next year.


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.

















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 released their debut album "Skyline" in February 2015.

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

"Mighty impressive... this band is one to look out for"
Ivan Hewett, the Telegraph, Feb 2015

"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 multiple UK tours from Cornwall to Scotland, and recent workshops and concerts in Tunisia, Italy and Switzerland, and their debut album "Skyline" is avaliable here. "A band with big sound, and big prospects" John Fordham, the Guardian.

Tom Green - Trombone/Compositions
James Davison - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Tommy Andrews - Alto/Soprano Saxophones
Sam Miles - Tenor Saxophone
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



Patchwork Jazz Orchestra developed as a way of connecting a wider group of like-minded musicians. Playing original compositions written exclusively by members of the band, this collaboration provides an exciting opportunity for new, forward-thinking music to be explored and performed in a large ensemble context. Thriving off the diversity of its players and composers, this group promises to be one of the most exciting bands emerging on the current jazz scene.

The group's launch was at the Forge, Camden, for the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival, and more concerts for 2015 are being planned.

Matthew Herd, Alex Hitchcock - Alto sax
Sam Miles, Sam Rapley - Tenor sax
Sam Glaser - Baritone sax
Tom Green, Kieran McLeod, Jamie Pimenta, Yusuf Narcin - Trombones
James Davison, Adam Chatterton, James Copus, Tom Dennis - Trumpets
Misha Mullov-Abbado - Double Bass
Liam Dunachie - Piano
Rob Luft - Guitar
Scott Chapman - Drums


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"
- 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

Gigs

Tom Green Septet @ The Lescar, Sheffield
'Skyline' Album Launch Tour
4th March: 9pm
Tom Green Septet @ Matt & Phreds, Manchester
'Skyline' Album Launch Tour
5th March: 9pm
Tom Green Septet @ JATP Jazz, Bradford
'Skyline' Album Launch Tour
6th March: 8.30pm
Tom Green Septet @ Fleece Jazz, Colchester
'Skyline' Album Launch Tour
27th March: 8pm

Contact

email: tom@tomgreenmusic.com

tel: +44 (0)7732 407491