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, 4*)
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
17/04 Dixie Strollers Stanboroughs, Hoddesdon

18/04 Linferno Jazz Orchestra St Luke's Church, Upminster

19/04 Linferno Jazz Orchestra The Gunnersbury, 12.30am



News

13/04/15 – Listen to "Sticks and Stones" for free!

Check out the first track from my debut album "Skyline" below!



24/03/15 – Jazzwise 4* review, MMA Quintet recording

Delighted to get a glowing 4* review by Peter Vacher in the April edition of Jazzwise for "Skyline". "Green is something of a latter-day phenomenon... startlingly good and a delight to hear". Adrian Pallant has also written us a really great writeup of the CD on his blog.




I also had fun doing this interview for Jazz Views talking about the album, my influences and much more - check it out.

Meanwhile we've been performing up and down the country again with the Septet, including the Lescar in Sheffield, always one of my favourite venues, as well as great gigs in Manchester, Bradford and Birmingham. John Watson wrote us a really nice live review for the Jazz Breakfast blog of our Symphony Hall foyer date.

In other project news, I've just returned from 3 days recording Misha Mullov-Abbado's debut album at Giant Wafer Studios in the heart of Wales, alongside the amazing musical talents of Jacob Collier, Scott Chapman and Matthew Herd. It was a great experience - engineered by Alex Killpartrick (who also did "Skyline") and produced by Julian Joseph, the album should be due out in September.









I've also started doing some concerts with a quartet, a smaller and more intimate version of the Septet - and we got a lovely writeup here of our debut at Omnibus in Clapham. London based readers, you must go and check this venue out - it's an amazing space and their Sunday night jazz series is brilliant.

You can catch our final Septet gig of the tour this Friday 27th at Fleece Jazz, near Colchester. After that, stay tuned for more gig announcements and future projects!

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.







About

Tom Green
Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger described as "a new rising star in the British jazz scene" by Nigel Williams (Jazz FM). In 2014 he was mentioned 3 times as Jazzwise "One to Watch", and was the recipient of a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence award. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music jazz course, and has performed at venues including Ronnie Scott's, the Vortex and 606 Club, as well as the Montreux, Toronto and Montreal Jazz Festivals. His current main project is the Tom Green Septet, who released their debut album "Skyline" in February 2015 to unanimous critical acclaim.

Tom has directed his own groups and big bands on national tours, including an 18-date Septet album launch tour across the UK, from Inverness in Scotland to St Ives in Cornwall. He has performed internationally at the Casa del Jazz in Rome, La Mortella on the island of Ischia in Italy, the Budapest Jazz Club, and Langnau Jazz Nights festival in Switzerland. In 2014 his quintet was invited to Tunisia by the Jazz Club of Tunis to teach for a week-long programme alongside musicians from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York, culminating in a performance for International Jazz Day 2014.

His wide range of musical experience also includes directing, writing, arranging and performing music with big bands, orchestras, chamber, salsa, 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, and is a member of groups including the Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet and Troyk-estra.

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Tom Green Septet

Tom Green Septet

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"A band with big sound, and big prospects"
John Fordham, the Guardian, Feb 2015

"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 is an outlet for Tom's original compositions: elegant and lively contemporary chamber jazz tunes with rich harmony, propulsive grooves, and memorable melodies at their heart. The Septet was formed in November 2012, bringing together seven in-demand young musicians who are all prize-winning bandleaders, composers and performers in their own right. Together they create a warm and distinct sound world, using the unique range of textures available in the seven-piece ensemble.

Their debut album "Skyline" was released in February 2015 to unanimous critical acclaim. Dave Gelly in the Observer (4*) described it as "a kaleidoscope of harmony that is not only phenomenally skilful, but absorbing and endlessly entertaining, too." The CD was recorded at Real World Studios and released on Tom's own Spark label. It was described in Jazzwise as "startlingly good and a delight to hear" (4*), and according to Peter Bacon of the Jazz Breakfast blog, "there's little point in picking out highlights - the whole album is a highlight."

The Septet has toured across the UK from Inverness in Scotland to St Ives in Cornwall, including an 18-date album launch tour in Spring 2015 with Jazz Services support, and international performances at concerts, festivals and workshops in Tunisia, Italy and Switzerland. As Ivan Hewett in a 4* Telegraph review of a performance at the Stables in Wavendon said: "Mighty impressive… this band is one to look out for."

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)





Tom Green Quartet

"This is music that you won't get tired of listening to. You are always able to find new facets and quirks." - Ruby Read live review at Omnibus, Clapham

A smaller and more intimate version of his Septet, Tom's quartet is a trombone led group playing his originals and re-workings of a wide range of repertoire from modern standards to traditional folk tunes. They have performed at venues including the Stables in Wavendon, Arts Depot Finchley, and Omnibus in Clapham. You can read a review of a recent gig here.

Tom Green - Trombone/Compositions
Sam James - Piano
Misha Mullov-Abbado - Double Bass
Scott Chapman - Drums

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
-
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

Contact

email: tom@tomgreenmusic.com

tel: +44 (0)7732 407491