Tom Walsh is first recipient of Prestige Jazz Award


Tom Walsh, longstanding NYJO trumpet player, was announced as the first recipient of the prestige Humphrey Lyttelton Royal Academy of Music Jazz Award at a presentation concert held in Hammersmith at the end of April. The award was presented by Humph’s son Stephen – further details of the awards evening can be found at

Tom’s quintet of fellow Royal Academy musicians – including bass player Sandy Suchodolski (also a regular NYJO player) – played in front of a 3000-plus audience at the awards concert, performing a beautiful rendition of Horace Silver’s Song For My Father, on which Tom played a fluent solo. 

Robert Farnon and Dizzy G

The quintet were supported and encouraged from the sidelines by an array of great British jazzmen.

Trumpet playing is obviously in Tom’s genes – his grandfather was trumpet player and arranger Robert Farnon, seen pictured here with another famous virtuoso of the instrument, Dizzy Gillespie. More information about Tom can be found at

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