Winner of the Kenny Wheeler Prize 2017, Tom was raised in a musical family and grew up surrounded by great music, from Frank Sinatra to Louis Armstrong. He started the saxophone at the age of 9 but it wasn’t until a few years later that Will Osborne’s (previous NYJO member) inspiring lessons led Tom to a specific interest in Jazz.
Tom gained a place on the Undergraduate Jazz Programme at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 earnng a First Class Hons degree in 2017. During his time at the Academy Tom has been lucky enough to have recieved lessons form James Allsopp, Iain Ballamy, Will Vinson, Ben Wendel, Julian Seigal and Stan Sulzmann among others. Tom has regularly been writing music and performing across Britain with his band ASTEROPE, as well as co-leading a quartet involving James Maddren, Alex Hitchcock and Ferg Ireland. Previous performances have included Ronnie Scott’s, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, The Vortex, The 606 Club, and the Pizza Express Jazz Club among others.
Aside from leading his own groups, Tom also takes pride in fulfilling a sideman role in such groups as The Barry Green Sextet, The Billy Marrows Octet, The Olli Martin Quintet and Mark Trounson’s Disquiet as well as playing occasionally in the Gareth Lockrane Big Band and The London Super Sax Project alongside Alex Garnett, Nigel Hitchcock, Graeme Blevins and Sammy Maine.
The Tenor Sax 2 Chair is supported by Tim Garland