This month’s concert at Milestones Jazz Club on Sunday 6 September features a young band led by a supremely talented rising star of the UK jazz scene performing original contemporary jazz of real depth – The Tom Harrison Quartet.
Since 2010, alto saxophonist Tom Harrison has emerged as a musician of note from the thriving pool of young jazz musicians currently making London's jazz scene one of the best in the world.
His band's work never stays in one place - delicate and haunting compositions with gossamer-like melody give way to restless, swinging improvisation full of sharp angles, all with an added punch that only live performance can muster.
Since graduating from the prestigious Trinity College of Music in 2012, Tom has established himself as an award-winning player and composer with a number of bands including his Film Music Project, all mentored by his teacher, ex-Jazz Messengers saxophonist, Jean Toussaint.
His approach is influenced by a wide range of styles and sources - from John Coltrane, Phil Woods and Kurt Rosenwinkel through Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin to Nick Drake.
Although still young, the quartet's member have already performed around Britain and Europe in the diverse company of the UK's most individual musicians, not all of them jazz - Robert Mitchell, Cleveland Watkiss, M People and The Fall!
This is a band with a commitment to the culture and tradition of jazz and a desire to take it forward into uncharted territories.
The band’s full line-up features Tom Harrison (alto sax), Alex Munk (guitar), Conor Chaplin (double bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums).