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MEET THE BAND - Tom - Keyboard/Vocals

Tom is a highly accomplished pianist, keyboard player, composer and bandleader who is much sought after in the South West where he has based himself since the early 90s.


Trained from an early age in classical music, Tom is adept in all styles of jazz and pop music and has performed widely for many years, taking in the Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals, theatre productions, big bands and small groups.


Along the way he has played with Django Bates and Scott Stroman (jazz composers), Mark Nightingale (top British trombonist), and appeared with David Tennant and Martin Freeman at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. A personal highlight for Tom has been the invitation and opportunity to play twice with the legendary Pee Wee Ellis, the man who practically invented funk as James Brown’s bandleader. Tom also records extensively, writing and recording soundtracks for film and TV, including scoring for groundbreaking documentaries on divorce and mental health for RTE Television. He has also worked as an MD and arranger for others. Tom’s band, The Blow-Up, records and performs Tom’s music as well as jazz and soundtrack music, and Tom also teaches jazz, improvisation and music theory through workshops, jam sessions and one-to-one lessons.

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