Born: December 11 Primary Instrument: Guitar
BIOGRAPHY Tomas Janzon was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His musical quest started at the age of 7 playing the recorder. At 8 he began studying the cello and by 12 he was performing with the chamber orchestra Collegium Musicum. Later he would pursue and focus on the guitar. After studying at Musikhogskolan, The Royal School of Music in Stockholm he embarked on his professional career: touring, performing and recording in Sweden and northern Europe with such artists as Berit Andersson, Bronislaw Suchanek, Anita Strandell, Twice Guitar, Casa Grande and others. Tomas composed and recorded music for TV and films: Vargavar for national TV, the documentary Kvinnor pa kontor, art-film The King of Siam. Tomas arrived in Los Angeles 1991 to study with Joe Diorio. While studying with Joe in L.A. Tomas was awarded The Outstanding Player of the Year at GIT in 1992, teaching as an adjunct staff member from 1995 to 2008. In May 2000 he completed a MM with honors in Classical Guitar at USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Scott Tennant and James Smith, also studying composition for Vince Mendoza and teaching at the Jazz Studies and Studio Guitar Departments. His composition Variations I to IV for marimba, percussion, guitar and double bass was premiered at USC Thornton School of Music 2000. 2001 Tomas spent in Canada as an Artist-in-Resident at Selkirk College, teaching and performing. 2002 to the present has included touring and working in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Phoenix, Argentina, Brazil, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The last years has also seen Tomas articles published in Guitar Player, Down Beat, LA Jazz Scene, Orkesterjournalen, Jazz Stage and Fotnoten. Tomas recorded with Sherman Ferguson, Nedra Wheeler and Billy Higgins and has received positive reviews and international airplay with this, his Changes Music label recording X-Changes. A live national radio (SR P2) broadcast concert from jazz club Fasching in Stockholm with Bobo Stenson, Petur Ostlund and Christian Spering has been reviewed by www.allaboutjazz.com and Orkesterjournalen, see www.tomasjanzon.com/reviews. Tomas' composing/recording project Coast to Coast to Coast from 3 cities: Los Angeles - Stockholm - New York, was released in January 2007. Featuring Ben Dixon, Ken Filiano, Birger Thorelli, Lars Ekman, Jeff Littleton, Tony Austin and William Henderson. Recording project Experiences (Changes Music 113, Naxos Sweden) featuring Art Hillery, Jeff Littleton and Albert Tootie Heath was released September 6, 2010.
updated March 2011
Awards:Outstanding Player of the Year, GIT 1992.
....“Float” is a Janzon original with a spooky, off-kilter feel where his bop solo fits perfectly. The other original, “Blue Bee,” has an airy feel that makes it stand out from the blues and funk. The record closes with a beautiful solo piece, “En Dejlig Rosa,”which showcases everything about Janzon’s playing that make this one of the best jazz guitar records from the past year. - John Heidt, Vintage Guitar April 2011.
New release Tomas Janzon: Experiences, (Changes Music CM 113) has been listed on radio list Jazz Week Top 50 for eight weeks, and a string of reviews from JazzTimes, Cadence, Just Jazz Guitar, and many more are posted on our website www.tomasjanzon.com
Clips from reviews: Tomas Janzon: Experiences (CM 113, Naxos Sweden)
“New York-based guitarist Tomas Janzon plays tasty renditions...original territory ...with soulful authority. “ -Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes Dec 2010.
“With Janzon's velvet-like textures floating as if on water, the quartet's music moves with soul.” -Jim Santella, LA Jazz Scene Oct 2010
one of the best jazz-guitar tones you'll hear.... one of the best jazz guitar records from the past year. - John Heidt, Vintage Guitar April 2011.
“This is one of those unique albums that will please ordinary music lovers as well as jazz guitar aficionados. Mr. Janzon’s style ranges from cool to passionate but always melodic and eminently listenable.” -Dave Walker, Dave Walker Music, Just Jazz Guitar
“Janzon’s warmly soul-tinged lines over Hillery’s staccato chords and Heath’s winking, on-and-off shuffle.” -Alan Young, Lucid Culture
Guitarist Tomas Janzon’s Experiences is a fine exercise in tonal contrasts. And it swings. -All About Jazz New York, Nov. 2010
…the guitarist’s subtle, feeling way with a melody. �Michael Steinman, Cadence jan-feb-mar 2011.
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Have taught clinics and masterclasses at: University of Washington USC Thornton School of Music. EMBA-Escuela de Música de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Collegium CEIM, Cordoba, Argentina. EMU La Plata, Argentina. Centro Musical Antonio Adolfo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pelotas Conceratorio de Musica, Pelotas, Brazil. Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo, Norway. Högskolan för Scen och Musik, Gothenburg, Sweden. And more. Malmö Music Conservatory, Sweden.