Pianist, composer & band leader based in London
Originally trained in classical piano at the Royal Northern College of Music he moved to London in 2009 to pursue postgraduate studies in Jazz. At the RNCM he won the principals improvisation prize in 2 consecutive years, as well as the Alfred Clay Scholarship for Piano in his last year for recieving the highest final recital mark in the department. He went on to study jazz piano at masters level with Simon Purcell, Liam Noble and Nick Weldon at Trinity College of music.
Gig highlights have included Manchester and London Jazz festivals as well as a couple of gigs for Kongsberg Jazz festival in Norway. A summer tour of south India in 2011, as well as a 2012 tour of the UK with the band Southbound. Tom has recently recorded on V&V records for the debut recordings of Southbound and the Jack Davies Big Band.
In addition to this he plays in the collaborative trio duck-rabbit. See www.duck-rabbit.co.uk for more detail.
Jack Davies (Trumpet), Rob Cope (Sax), Tom Taylor (Piano), Jon Ormston (Drums).
Sharing a love of the both the classical and jazz traditions, this bassless quartet are continually surprising - at one moment unboundedly explorative, and the next powerfully grounded.
With a compositional assurance and pianissimo control that makes clear their classical influence, Southbound draw on the angular melodies of Tim Berne, and are driven by the constant creativity that marks out US composer / trumpeter Dave Douglas.
Recent gigs have included capacity shows at jazz festivals in Manchester, London and Kongsberg (Norway) as well as a broadcast for BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line Up from the Southport Jazz Festival.
"Spacious musically with some daring improvisational work"
- JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
"This bassless quartet had a sound of such clarity and self assurance
that it was hard not to be impressed."
- CHRIS ACKERLEY, THE SOUND OF NOW
"Relentless energy coupled with a rigorous sense of the tradition and
magnificent mind for melody."
- SANDBAR JAZZ
"Immaculate contemporary jazz."
Joe Wright (saxophone/electronics), Tom Taylor (piano/electronics), James Opstad (double bass/electronics)
Duck-Rabbit explore two contrasting and overlapping personalities, one acoustic, one electronic. Using unique electronic instruments, they interact with their acoustic improvisations to form a rich and varied dialogue. This interaction creates an absorbing interplay between past and present, a constant reimagining of ideas within an expanded sonic terrain.
Southbound606 Club, Chelsea
Jack Davies Big BandKings Place, London
The big album launch, join me as I help launch the Jack Davies Big Band album.
SouthboundSplinter @ The Bridge, Newcastle
Paul Baxter QuintetNaturist Foundation Jazz Festival
SouthboundAmersham Arms, London
SouthboundAnthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester
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