Born: January 29, 1967 Primary Instrument: Drums
Tom Bancroft is a drummer, composer, bandleader and educator. He trained as a medical doctor at Cambridge but now makes a living from playing, composing, teaching and creating music education resources.
He has played with many great musicians ranging from Sun Ra & Martyn Bennett to Tommy Smith, Tom Cawley, Billy Jenkins, Geri Allen, Marilyn Crispell, Satoko Fuji, Keith Tippett, and Bill Wells.
He is a co-leader of the bassless Trio AAB, and leads his own projects: His big band Orchestro Interrupto released a critically acclaimed album in 2009 “memorably rich multi layered big band music (4 stars)“ The Guardian and led a new big band project ‘Band of Eden’ in summer 2010 **** “the music was always absorbing and often exhilirating” The Scotsman....
Awards:Creative Scotland Award 2004 BBC Jazz Award for Innovation 2007 Herald Angel Award for Leading Performance in Edinburgh Festival & Fringe 2007 for Kidsamonium
“the most instinctive powerhouse drummer on the Scottish Jazz scene” David Keenan, Sunday Herald “Tom Bancroft has been a key mover and shaker on a remarkably inventive Scottish jazz scene for many years, as drummer, composer and creative catalyst. As well as continuing his life as a tirelessly creative artist at the highest international level, in 2006 and 2007 he has extended his innovative range with Kidsamonium, a show that absorbs, inspires and entertains children of all ages (and their parents), combining jazz, improvisation, theatre and comedy, reaching a new generation of audiences in a fresh and uniquely personal approach, bringing the talents of musicians such as Oren Marshall, Claude Deppa, Laura MacDonald and Billy Jenkins into a whole new dimension.”
John Cumming on BBC Jazz Awards 2007 Website