Tom is the winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize in association with Edition Records and the Royal Academy of music. This has meant over the past few months he has worked hard at writing, rehearsing, gigging and recording his Debut Album which will be released into the world on Edition Records in August 2018.
"We were lucky enough to have the incredible Iian Ballmay on Board to produce the album who's input on the day was incredibly valuable. We also had the amazing Alex Kilpartrick engineering the session and mixing the album. I couldn't have asked for a better team of people to record my debut album with!"
Tom's writing for this band has been described by Evan Parker as "wonderfully intricate and demanding and yet is exuberantly listenable". Dowbeat also wrote "Excellent compositions". Tom draws on compositional influences such as Mark Lockheart, John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Troyka and Iain Ballamy to create a set of music unlike anything on the London Scene today.
They will kick off their UK album release tour with a special gig at Kings Place on the 3rd of October 2018.
Billy Marrows- Guitar: Billy Marrows is an award winning guitarist and composer based in London, originally from North Yorkshire. Billy won the 2016 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the 2012 Watermill Jazz Young Composers competition. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 Lancaster Youth Jazz Commission for which he wrote a suite drawing upon ideas from Gamelan music. This was premiered by his octet at Lancaster Jazz Festival. Billy's writing has been described as 'fresh and unpredictable’ by Jazzwise magazine.
Dave Storey- Drums: Dave is a formidable force on the London jazz scene today. He is a part of the Harry Christens Organ Trio, The Olli Martin Quintet, The Tom Smith Septet and KOALA as well as leading his own trio project with James Allsopp and Connor Chaplin.
Rupert Cox- Piano: Rupert has been playing the piano since the age of 6. He plays in Dave De Rose’s “Barefoot Bear”, with the Matt SulzmannQuintet and with young drummer Phelan Burgoyne in a trio often with guest Spanish trumpet player Felix Rossy. Rupert also leads his own trio with Joe Downard and Dave Storey. He has also played in large ensembles including the Human Revolution Orchestra with Robin Eubanks at Ronnie Scott’s as well as NYJO.
Flo Moore- Bass: Since moving to London in 2011, Flo has performed with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Peter King, Bobby Watson and Jason Rebello, and has played at several prestigious venues, such as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and King’s Place. Flo's musical influences include John Coltrane and Bill Evans, she has also taken inspiration from great songwriters such as Paul Simon, James Taylor and Carole King.
"...he slips between bop language and modernist abstraction like a true polyglot, his timing and phrasing always impeccable."- Jazzwise Magazine
'We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the jazz firmament.' – Evan Parker
‘A future star of the UK Jazz scene’ – Jazzwise Magazine
‘A wonderful young player. It’s so exciting to hear him grow!’ – Stan Sulzmann