Sunday, September 18, 2016



This week my guest on JazzBites is a British alto saxophonist and composer born in Cardiff, Wales, who was introduced to the arts at an early age after moving to Sheffield in the North of England. Inspired by his Grandfather's gifted interpretations of some of the greatest classical musicians, he began learning the oboe at eight years of age, and became a chorister at Sheffield Cathedral. After discovering Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix well before his teens, he taught himself to play the guitar and the drums and began jamming with other young aspiring musicians. From the brilliance of Hendrix, he found his direction towards some of the greatest names in Jazz, and then his future took hold. Today he tells us about his astonishing musical environment as a child, cutting his first album whilst still studying for his Masters Degree, arranging his first 22-date tour with JEAN TOUSSAINT and some of the most impressive tenor saxophonists around, then being asked to represent several of them professionally, how - despite his hectic schedule - he fits it all in along with teaching music, the importance of collaborating with other musicians, and his eagerly-awaited new album due for release in October.

Anthea Redmond, September, 2016

Tom Harrison's Album DAGDA is available

Read more about Tom on the website

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  • "Melodic and imaginative ... Soulful, bluesy alto"
    Matthew Wright, Jazzwise
  • "He invests his playing with a mature sensibility...fearsomely excellent musicianship"
    Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz 
  • "Combining simplicity of melody with sophisticated detail and hints of Traneish spirituality...Harrison is one to watch"
    Dave Foxall, Jazz Journal
  • "Harrison's themes were engaging and resourceful...making a strategically strong move towards convention"
    Martin Longley, All About Jazz
  • "Harrison's mellifluous flow of ideas is buoyed by a subtle blues vein and lovely fluttering codas."
    Ian Patterson, Culture Northern Ireland

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