Tom Cawley

Still just 32 years of age, pianist and composer Tom Cawley has been performing and recording with the country’s most successful and groundbreaking jazz artists for the last ten years. Since winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year award in 1998 he has played all over the world and led bands in residencies at the Blue Note club (New York) and Ronnie Scott’s (London). Recently he has been instrumental in shaping the unique sound of the genre-bending iconoclasts Acoustic Ladyland, as well as writing and arranging songs with Gwyneth Herbert for her Blue Note debut album, ‘Between Me And The Wardrobe’.

2007 saw the debut of Cawley’s much-acclaimed group Curios, a vehicle for Tom’s original music. The album, Hidden, made a startling impact on the jazz scene, winning a nomination as Best Album in the BBC Jazz Awards and reaching the top 5 in both the HMV and Radio 3 Jazz Charts. MOJO described the record as “an extraordinary collection of deeply personal, highly evolved music”; the Independent made Hidden Album Of The Week and called it “never less than spellbinding”, and Musician magazine declared Curios “a shining light for British jazz”. An extensive UK tour confirmed their hype, prompting the Guardian to declare that “the startling promise of the album glows ever more brightly live”. Curios were subsequently recorded in session for Jazz On 3, and invited to appear at the new Royal Festival Hall in June. Shortly afterwards, John Fordham placed them on the cover of Jazz UK magazine and wrote a large article about the band in which he proclaimed, “Just when you think EST, or Brad Mehldau, ot The Bad Plus might have taken the piano trio as far as it can go, another keyboard talent opens another door. Pianist Tom Cawley has done just that with Curios”.

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Album reviews:

“An extraordinary collection of deeply personal, highly evolved music” MOJO

“Never less than spellbinding” The Independent

“Full of surprises and commanding a huge expressive and dynamic range” The Observer

“A display of group understanding that ebbs and flows with startling intuitiveness” Jazz UK

“The debut release that everyone’s been waiting for” Jazzwise

“This trio plays with real emotional substance, real weight of feeling” Musicweb International

“A shining light for British jazz” Musician magazine

Live reviews/previews:

“The startling promise of the album glows ever more brightly live” The Guardian

“Advances the evolution of the jazz piano trio” The Guide (pick of the week)

“A must-see piano trio for anyone interested in where this most crucial of jazz formats can be taken” vortexjazz.co.uk

“Fantastic, fluent, romantic… this is state-of-the-art piano trio music” Time Out

Articles:

“Just when you think EST, or Brad Mehldau, or The Bad Plus might have taken the piano trio as far as it can go, another keyboard talent opens another door

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Professor of Jazz Piano and Aural & Transcription Studies at the Royal Academy Of Music, London.

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Discography

Catenaccio

Catenaccio

Ubuntu Music
2019

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Closer

Closer

Impure Music
2008

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Hidden

Hidden

Jazzizit
0

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