Tom Smith is an award winning 26 year old saxophonist, bass clarinettist and composer from London. He was twice finalist of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year programme in 2014 and 2016, and he has already released two albums to critical acclaim – his debut album ‘Gecko’ in 2020 (produced by Tim Garland) and his second album with Czech pianist Daniel Bulatkin ‘Drifter Days’.
Since finishing his degree at the Royal Academy of Music, he has performed and toured around the world and has brought his music to prestigious festivals and venues including the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Love Supreme Festival, Jazzinec Festival (Czech Republic), Generations Festival (Switzerland) and Luxembourg ‘Blues ‘n Jazz Rallye’.
Tom runs a number of his own bands including his trio ‘Gecko’, his Big Band and Queertet, a band celebrating the works of LGBTQI+ musicians, which sold out two headline shows at Ronnie Scott’s for London Pride 2018 with celebrated comedian Julian Clary and LGBT icons Ian Shaw and Sharon D. Clarke. With Daniel Bulatkin, Tom has also extensively toured the Czech Republic and he frequently returns to perform more concerts.
Tom has performed with many of the leading bands in the UK, including the Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Jim Mullen’s Volunteers, Resolution 88, the Jonny Mansfield Elftet, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, and is a regular performer at many of the clubs round London. His arrangements have been performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, Friday Night Is Music Night featuring Imelda May and Peabo Bryson, Beverley Knight, and they have also been heard on ITV’s ‘Romeo and Duet’. Tom teaches at the Junior Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Join us for an evening of Improvised Jazz with Tom Smith, Saturday 4 February, 8pm. Book online here.