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Tom Barford

A wonderful young player. So exciting to hear him grow!" Stan Sulzmann Winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize, Tom was raised in a musical family and grew up surrounded by music, from Frank Sinatra to Louis Armstrong. He started the saxophone at the age of 9 but it wasn’t until a few years later that Will Osborne’s inspiring lessons led Tom to a specific interest in Jazz. Tom joined the Junior Jazz Course at the Royal Academy of Music aged 16, before going on to gain a scholarship place on the Undergraduate Jazz Programme at the Academy in 2013 and earning a First Class Hons degree in 2017. During his time at the Academy, Tom has slowly become recognised as one of the most exciting young players emerging on the scene. Tom has recently released his Kenny Wheeler Prize album BLOOMER on Edition Records and has enjoyed touring it around the UK. Tom also enjoys co-leading the exciting new band AuB- a quartet featuring Alex Hitchcock, James Maddren, and Ferg Ireland who's debut album is soon be released on Edition Records in early 2020. Previous performances have included Ronnie Scott’s, Jimmy Glass Jazz Club (tour of Spain with Alberto Palau's Flight Mode), The Royal Albert Hall, (BBC Proms), Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, The Vortex, The 606 Club, and the Pizza Express Jazz Club among others. Session work Tom has been involved in includes playing playing various saxophones on console game soundtracks for "LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2" and "LEGO DC Villians" for acclaimed composer Ian Livingstone. Tom has also appeared with Tom Fletcher (Live Blue Peter appearance).  Aside from leading his own groups, Tom also takes pride in fulfilling a sideman role in such groups as The Tom Syson Group, Alberto Palau's Flight Mode, and the Olli Martin Quintet. Other projects Tom feels lucky to have been a part of include. The Guy Barker Big Band- a run of gigs at Ronnie Scott's featuring Billy Cobham. The London Super Sax Project- Featuring Nigel Hitchcock, Graeme Blevins, Alex Garnett and Sam Mane National Youth Jazz Orchestra- Regular gig's around the UK including a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.  Luca Mendoza Quartet gig at Ronnie Scott's A UK tour with the Mark Trounson Quintet featuring the critically acclaimed Bill McHenry and Jeff Williams A guest appearance with Iain Ballamy and Evan Parker at the Vortex Jazz Club.  "A strikingly large new British jazz talent arrives with saxophonist Tom Barford" WRITTEN IN MUSIC "We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the jazz firmament." EVAN PARKER" “Bloomer is possessed with an overarching and consistent vibrancy which is clearly indicative of even greater things to come from this talented musician.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)

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