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


28/08/16 – Spark Label releases "Scrapbook" alongside Arts Council England funding and UK tour

After the release of my septet album "Skyline" last year on my record label Spark, which I co-run with drummer JJ Wheeler, we are delighted to announce our second signing: pianist & composer Angus Bayley will release his debut album with his band Scrapbook this Thursday 1st September, with an album launch at the Vortex Jazz Club. Pre-order the album here!

“I love hearing how each tune unfolds... full of soul and quiet fire” - Kit Downes

The group is an unusual 7-piece lineup of brass, strings and rhythm section, with a 7-date UK tour funded by Arts Council England. I will be joining the band on trombone for the dates marked ** in Leeds and Sheffield. Tour dates as follows:

01 Sep 20:00 Album launch @ The Vortex, Dalston, London
02 Sep 20:30 Jazz at the Priestley, Bradford
05 Sep 19:45 Kenilworth Jazz Club, Kenilworth
11 Sep 13:30 Seven Jazz @ Inkwell Arts Centre, Leeds**
04 Oct 20:45 The Stables, Milton Keynes
08 Nov 20:00 The Spotted Dog, Birmingham
09 Nov 20:45 The Lescar, Sheffield**

Listen to the full track "Henno" from the album here:

In other news, alongside a Septet gig at the Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton on 30th September, I also have some exciting gigs coming up with Mark Nightingale (15th Sept), Sam Miles (16th Sept), Patchwork Jazz Orchestra (13th Nov) and the Brass Funkeys (12th, 29th Nov) over the next few months - visit the GIGS page for all the details.

19/05/16 – Summer festivals and gigs

The weather has finally turned to summer and I've got some exciting gigs lined up with various bands:

If you fancy a spot of trad dixieland jazz played by some of the finest young musicians around, catch the Dixie Strollers in Bridgnorth (22nd May), Bury St Edmunds (27th May) or at the Naturist Foundation Jazz and Real Ale Festival (25th June).

Or if New Orleans Brass Bands are more your thing and you fancy dancing the night away to some spirited second line revelry, soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk, get yourself down to watch the Brass Funkeys at The Barn Carlton, Bedfordshire (27th May), Mill Road Summer Fair, Cambridge (2nd July), Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall (29th July), Camp Bestival, Dorset (30th July), or Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire (4-5th August). Our repertoire spans reggae, hip hop, gypsy, swing and Latin as well as a healthy dose of New Orleans, including covers and original compositions (a few new ones by myself) - I highly recommend catching us live if you can, or you can listen to our CD here too.

Finally, we have one Septet gig this summer, at Shrewsbury Jazz (the Hive theatre) on 9th July. It's sure to be a special gig - after that we are taking a summer break until the Autumn, when we'll have new repertoire and some more news on upcoming performances. Stay tuned for updates!

There are sure to be a few more gigs added in as the summer progresses - check the GIGS page for more information.

24/02/16 – Patchwork Jazz Orchestra @ The Others, Stoke Newington 15th April

We are excited to announce a new night of creative art and entertainment - "Patchwork"! The first in a series of "mini-festivals" will take place at The Others, Stoke Newington on 15th April 2016. These events will take place just twice a year in creative spaces in London, and alongside a set of music from the orchestra, will bring together a selection of other acts ranging from support bands and DJs, to face artists, magicians, dance and much more. This time we are delighted to be joined by the amazing band Perhaps Contraption, and dance the night away to tunes from the eclectic Still-Moving DJs.

Check out our NEW website to book tickets and for more information!

21/01/16 – Happy New Year: new Septet dates announced

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming Septet gigs this year, including a tour of Devon and Cornwall this March:

Tues 2nd Feb Bedales Jazz, Petersfield, Hampshire, 8pm
Mon 7th March Beaver Inn, Appledore, Devon, 8.30pm
Tues 8th March St Ives Jazz Club, St Ives, Cornwall, 8.30pm
Wed 9th March The Bosuns Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall, 8pm

08/12/15 – Patchwork Jazz Orchestra win Peter Whittingham Award

Very excited to announce that Patchwork Jazz Orchestra have won £5,000 worth of funding from the Help Musicians UK Peter Whittingham award scheme. The award will allow us to develop a series of events showcasing us and other creative artists, as well as recording our debut album of original compositions by many members of the band including myself. Stay tuned for news of the first event which will be announced very soon!

Congratulations also to JJ Wheeler's Come Back Stronger, Square One and Big Bad Wolf, the other award winners. You can read the full press release here.

Happy Christmas - see you in 2016!

15/10/15 – New Septet gigs, Switzerland tour and "Seatoller" video

Check out this video of a new tune "Seatoller" recorded live at Fleece Jazz, Colchester, on our album launch tour:

My Septet will be playing two more gigs this year, with some new material alongside tracks from our recent album "Skyline":

Mon 16th November 8pm - St James' Theatre Studio, Victoria (EFG London Jazz Festival)
Sun 29th November 7pm - Hidden Rooms, Cambridge Jazz Festival

I am currently on tour in Switzerland with the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra playing the music of Ohad Talmor. A great experience - the band is made up of 16 fantastic musicians selected from different countries across Europe by the radio stations in each country. We have concerts in Zurich, Lugano and Geneva from 15th-18th October, and the music can be heard on the radio after the event as well as being streamed live for TV on the 16th.

30/08/15 – Misha Mullov-Abbado's Debut Album "New Ansonia" out now!

Very excited to be featured on Misha Mullov-Abbado's debut album "New Ansonia" along with Jacob Collier, Matthew Herd and Scott Chapman, released this weekend on Edition Records! You can listen to the title track from the album here (featuring a trombone solo by me!) The album launch gig will be at King's Place on Saturday 12th September, followed by a UK tour:

Sat 12/09 - King's Place (Album Launch)
Sun 20/09 – Peterborough Jazz Club
Wed 30/09 – The Lescar, Sheffield
Fri 02/10 – JATP Jazz, Bradford
Wed 21/10 – Dempseys, Cardiff
Fri 23/10 – The Bebop Club, Bristol
Fri 20/11 – Burdall’s Yard, Bath
Sun 22/11 - The Lighthouse, Deal
Sat 28/11 – 4Jazz Festival, Coventry
Wed 09/12 – St Edmund the King and Martyr (City Music Foundation Series)

25/06/15 – Summer festivals and London Jazz Festival Septet date

Summer is here and I'm looking forward to getting out and about to some festivals across the country. First up is some trad with the Dixie Strollers at the Upton-upon-Severn Jazz Festival on 26th June followed by the Naturist Foundation Jazz Festival on 27th. Then I'm playing with the Brass Funkeys at the Love Supreme Festival on Friday 3rd July at 6pm on the Arena Stage - get to the festival early to hear our set, and check out our new CD while you're at it!

After that I'm flying to Italy for two gigs with the amazing Patchwork Jazz Orchestra at the wonderful venue of La Mortella on the island of Ischia - a venue I've had a long collaboration with in the past. We're really excited to play some of our original music there for the first time.

Finally, exciting news that my Septet have a new London date at the amazing venue of St James Studio in Victoria on November 16th, playing a special London Jazz Festival set - tickets are on sale here - stay tuned for news of some new music and exciting developments for the band!

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!


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

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 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

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!


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:

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.





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