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.
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increasingly attracting international attention, drummer Tom
Bancroft must beconsidered one of its leading lights”The
“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