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
09/12 Spark Label Showcase feat. Septet and Scrapbook Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston

13-14/12 Ohad Talmor and Euroradio Jazz Orchestra Jazz Gallery, New York City

03/02 Brass Funkeys London Remixed Festival, Rich Mix, Shoreditch

News

12/11/16 - Spark and Patchwork Curated nights, NYC gigs and more

Lots of great music to look forward to before the end of 2016, including the following two nights curated by projects I co-run:

Sat 3rd Dec - "Patchwork 2.0" @ STYX Tottenham Hale
After winning the Help Musicians UK Peter Whittingham award last year, Patchwork Jazz Orchestra are back in action in our second curated night. PATCHWORK 2.0 will feature soul/new age duo Blue Lab Beats, drummers Fusao, dub/reggae beats from Horus Records into the early hours, and of course a showcase set from the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra.

Fri 9th Dec - SPARK Label showcase night @ Vortex Jazz Club
The first ever showcase night for artists on SPARK, this night will feature a triple bill of recently-released group Scrapbook, my own band the Tom Green Septet, plus a special live preview from one of the artists we'll be releasing in 2017.


Composing Residency - In late November I will be hiding myself away in the wonderful surroundings of Hawkwood college, Gloucestershire, to spend a week composing new material for my Septet and other groups. With an increasingly hectic schedule it's hard to find time to sit down and write, so this opportunity is a real luxury. The residency programme is funded by Strike a Light, Arts Council England and The Reckitt Arts Trust - more information can be found here.

Gigs in New York City - Finally, I'm very excited to be performing my first gigs in New York City in January 2017, with Ohad Talmor and the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra, a project I toured Switzerland with in 2015. The performances will be 13th and 14th January 2017 at the Jazz Gallery, performing Ohad's "Diokan Suite". I'm very grateful to Help Musicians UK for Career Development funding to allow me to make the trip.


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.


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

Equilibrium (Winner of 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition)





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

More to come in 2017!

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
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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
- 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