Award: Peter Whittingham Development Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Jazz

Location: London


Tom Smith is a London based saxophonist and composer. He runs a number of his own bands and has brought his music all round the UK, including two sold out headline shows at Ronnie Scott’s. Twice finalist of the BBC Young Jazz Musician in 2014 and 2016, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated in 2018 receiving the Craig Ball prize and a Wolfson Fund award. 

He has performed with musicians such as Ian Shaw, Gwilym Simcock, Julian Siegel, Gareth Lockrane and Ian Thomas, and he has performed at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall (Proms), Ronnie Scott’s, Bimhaus, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Sage Gateshead. His music has been broadcast on BBC4 and Radio 3, and he has appeared on Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show with Ian Shaw, as well as podcasts for ABRSM and the Brecon Jazz Festival Radio Show.

Tom leads many of his own bands which he writes for, including the Tom Smith Septet, Geko, and Queertet, all of which have played at prestigious venues round the UK and enjoyed critical acclaim, as well as receiving Arts Council funding for touring. He is a sideman for a number of other bands including Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet, Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, NYJO and Joe Hill’s Septet, and he has also appeared with such bands as the Gareth Lockrane Big Band and Resolution 88.