Tom Green

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2016

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Trombone

Location: London


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). 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.

The Tom Green Septet is an outlet for his original compositions: elegant and lively contemporary chamber jazz tunes with rich harmony, propulsive grooves, and memorable melodies at their heart. 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, 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 said: “Mighty impressive... this band is one to look out for.”

Tom’s other projects include the Misha Mullov-Abbado group, whose debut album was recently released on Edition records, Troyk-estra, winners of the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Album of the Year award, and the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, a collective London-based ensemble dedicated to championing new big band music and recipients of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award.