Tom Seals

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2017

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Piano / Voice

Location: North West


Tom Seals is 23 years old and a fresh musical powerhouse of the piano. One of the UK’s most in-demand side men, Tom has worked with/supported established artists such as Gregory Porter, Cerys Matthews, DJ Trevor Nelson, Daniel Bedingfield, Tony Christie, Lance Ellington, Kenny Thomas, Sad Cafe, Showaddywaddy, Chesney Hawkes, Steve Brookstein, Joe Stilgoe and Dame Cleo Laine.
A career highlight for him, is performing a '1 piano - 4 hands' version of "Route 66" with Jamie Cullum.

Last summer saw the release of Tom's debut album, "Ace”, which soared to Number Two in the UK Blues Charts and continued to spend four months in the Top 10 of the UK Blues Charts.

Over the past year, Tom's UK festival appearances include; Bestival, Boomtown, Cheltenham Jazz, Swanage Blues, Marsden Jazz, HopFest, Harpenden Blues, Dereham Blues, Ilfracombe Blues & many more. Venue appearances include; Matt & Phreds, The Cinnamon Club, Ronnie Scott's Bar, Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Piano Rouge (Krakow), Birdland Jazz Club (New York City), Orange Peel Jazz Club (Hong Kong), North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam) and many more..

After their latest single "Rhythm" playlisted on BBC Radio 2 and following a summer packed with appearances at some of Europe’s top music festivals – including a performance alongside Lana Del Ray, Lionel Richie, Simply Red opening for Bruce Springsteen at the prestigious Werchter Festival in Belgium - 2017 promises a lot for CC Smugglers.