Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Al Jarreau (2014 London)
UK X Factor Big Band Special (2013)
Tom Walsh, 23, is based in London and graduated from the Jazz Course at the Royal Academy Of Music with 1st Class Honours in 2013. He recently has studied with Jerry Hey & Gary Grant in Los Angeles, and whilst at college previously learnt with Mike Lovatt, Gareth Lockrane, Nick Smart & Gerard Presencer. In his first year at college, Tom was the inaugural recipient of the Humphrey Lyttelton Jazz Prize, an award for outstanding jazz performance. Upon leaving college Tom had also received other awards including the Wolfson Prize (2012) and the Alumni Development Award (2013). Tom left the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) in 2012, having held the lead trumpet chair with the band for 4 years. In September 2013 Tom was appointed the lead trumpet chair in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and within the band has worked with international artists such as Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Bob Mintzer & Makoto Ozone. Tom also plays with some of the UK's other top big bands including: The BBC Big Band, The Stan Sulzmann Big Band, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, The Stan Tracey Orchestra, The Gareth Lockrane Big Band, The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, Reuben Fowler Big Band & The Callum Au Big Band. In light orchestral work Tom has played principal trumpet with John Wilson, The RTE Concert Orchestra and has played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Ballet Orchestra and the English Session Orchestra. In the West End, Tom regularly deps on the show 'Wicked" and previously has played on "Dirty Dancing", "Here To Eternity" & "The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas". On TV, Tom played lead trumpet on the live X Factor 2013 Big Band show. In pop and commercial music Tom has played and recorded with artists such as Van Morrison, Shirley Bassey, Gary Barlow, Jamie Cullum, Mick Hucknall, Hamish Stuart & Mica Paris and in February 2014 co-produced and played on Al Jarreau's London Gigs at Ronnie Scott's. Tom writes and arranges for multiple lineups including his own Sextet an Septet, as well as his own horn section which has featured players like Wayne Bergeron and Gary Grant. He is the grandson of arranger/composer Robert Farnon and cites Jerry Hey, Derek Watkins, Gerard Presencer, Till Bronner and Michael Brecker as some of his biggest musical influences.