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 on Spark label.

"A kaleidoscope of harmony that is not only phenomenally skilful, but absorbing and endlessly entertaining, too" (Dave Gelly, Observer, 4*)

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

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

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
30/03 Brass Funkeys Aberdeen Jazz Festival

31/03 Brass Funkeys Bellfield Hall, Portobello, Edinburgh

26/04 Steve Taylor Big Band Ziggy's, Enfield

News

02/02/19 - Badger Cam music video

The long-awaited video for my piece "Badger Cam" is finally here! Featuring an albino badger, assorted wildlife from my back garden and some amazing playing from Patchwork Jazz Orchestra with solos from Tom Smith and Rob Luft. See below for details of our upcoming album release and tour.

01/02/19 - Patchwork Jazz Orchestra Release!

Excited to announce that the debut Patchwork Jazz Orchestra album "The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes" is out on 1st March on Spark! Label.

You can pre-order the album here.

Tour dates below:

24 Feb 18:00 Clarendon Muse, Watford
26 Feb 20:00 Junction 2, Cambridge
27 Feb 20:00 Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield
28 Feb 20:00 Seven Arts, Leeds
01 Mar 17:30 Southbank Centre QEH Foyer, London *ALBUM LAUNCH*
20 Mar 20:00 Tap Social Movement, Oxford


12/06/18 - Summer festivals and tours

Last time I was writing a news update it was snowing outside - now it truly feels like Summer is here and I'm looking forward to a number of gigs and festivals coming up over the next few months.

I'm returning to my favourite paradise island next week when the mighty Patchwork Jazz Orchestra fly to La Mortella, Ischia, Italy to perform at the home of William Walton on Thursday 21st June. We're sure to have a warm welcome, great food and fantastic sunsets as well as hopefully a very enjoyable gig!

The Brass Funkeys go from strength to strength, performing at Ronnie Scott's (17th June), the Attic in Bristol (23rd June), Love Supreme Festival (29th June) and Mostly Jazz Festival in Birmingham (6th July) as well as Durham Brass Festival and Wilderness Festival (details TBA).

The Dixie Strollers are making a welcome return at Swanage Jazz Festival on Saturday 14th July.

Finally, I had a great time performing with Sam Miles at an intimate quintet gig at Hot Numbers in Cambridge last week. Here's a little clip of "Who Can I Turn To":

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.

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)

"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

Tom Green Septet videos:





Spark Label

SPARK Label was established in 2014 by musicians JJ Wheeler and Tom Green as an outlet for the most exciting music pouring out of the latest generation of emerging jazz and creative music artists. Alongside releasing and distributing music, the label provides support and infrastructure to talented musicians, enabling sustainable growth and career development while granting 100% artistic freedom and retention of their rights.

Releases:

SPARK001 Tom Green Septet - Skyline
SPARK002 Scrapbook - Scrapbook
SPARK003 Sam Watts - Mime Music
SPARK004 Tom Millar Quartet - Unnatural Events

More to come in 2018!

Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

Winners of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, Patchwork Jazz Orchestra are a collective London based ensemble dedicated to championing big band music in a contemporary setting.

The 17 piece group made its debut at the 2014 London Jazz Festival to a sell out audience at the Forge, Camden, and since then has been turning heads with the sound of fresh original compositions written exclusively by its members. Having performed at venues from London's Vortex Jazz Club to abroad at La Mortella, Ischia, Italy, the orchestra are setting up their own night, 'Patchwork', aided by the funding received from the Peter Whittingham Award. Visit our website to find out more.

"Patchwork Jazz Orchestra are plugged into the spirit of the current London jazz scene, littered with talented writers and players unafraid of thinking big."
Julian Joseph

Prior to our existence, each and every one of us had already performed with one another in different contexts and subgroups, with a handful of us involved in small bands of our own. However there was a desire among many to not only play more large ensemble music, but to have the opportunity and environment in which we could write for it. Early in 2014 ideas started to form for the band and in the November of that year the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra reared its head for the first time at the London Jazz Festival.

Big bands have been an essential part of the jazz tradition and for a lot of us have played a key role in our development as musicians. The orchestra means we can continue both of these things and add to the legacy of big band music, with the aim of helping to bring it back into the public eye more and engaging new audiences.

The collaborative nature of the orchestra is one of its most valuable assets and the diversity of influences and personalities that exist within it is also a huge benefit. The way personal relations, composition and performance all feed into each other in Patchwork Jazz Orchestra is very unique, and since its inception we have recognised more and more that this is what the band thrives on and makes it what it is.

Long may it continue!

www.patchworkjazzorchestra.com

MEMBERS:

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

Check out my arrangement of Fred Hersch's great tune "Endless Stars" played by the band:

The Brass Funkeys

Spirited Second Line Revelry, Galloping Gypsy Czárdas, Soulful Jazz Funeral Marches, Pumping Brass Driven Funk!

The Brass Funkeys are an 8-piece band who draw on the traditions of New Orleans. Formed in 2011, they have played at major festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown and Bestival as well as London venues including The O2 Brooklyn Bowl, Richmix, and Ronnie Scott's. Last year the band supported Dr John, the Hot 8 Brass Band and The Dirty Dozen on their UK tours and have also performed across Europe.

Whether performing a powerful amplified stage show or as a totally mobile marching band, the Brass Funkeys bring together some of the most talented musicians in London in an eclectic live show bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.

Tom Green & Vij Prakash - Trombones
Matt Letts & Rob Smith - Trumpets
Dave Robinson - Tenor Sax
Rob Slater / John Caddick - Sousaphone
Scott Jowett - Drums
Chris Brice - Percussion

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

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
- 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