Tom Harrison Tom Harrison

For alto saxophonist/composer Tom Harrison, the art of jazz is far more than mastery of the instrument, fluency in the repertoire and respect for the tradition. For Tom, the real undertaking is to connect with that which inspired the immortals of jazz, and to cultivate it within his own work.

“While the masters represent an extraordinary level of accomplishment, the inspiration they provide me is the pursuit not just of their greatness but of the essence of that greatness. This is what fuels my passion.”

More than drawing inspiration from those giants, Tom is also making a serious commitment to jazz expression through his collaborations with living artists who are strongly connected to the heritage of jazz. He thus continues his conservatoire education on the bandstand, following the grandest traditions of the music.

While studying for his master's degree at Trinity, Tom released his acclaimed debut album DAGDA on Lyte Records, showcasing Tom's striking compositional skills and featuring Irish tenor sax star Michael Buckley. Securing sponsorship from Arts Council England and Jazz Services, Tom set up a 22 date tour featuring a number of guest tenor saxophonists, one of whom was the Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint, whose strong support of Tom's music laid the foundation for a close relationship that exists to this day.

Impressed with both Tom's musicianship and business acumen, Jean asked Tom to represent him; their business relationship was the sparked the formation of Turaco Music, creative arts agency, through which Tom represents a number of respected artists.

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”Melodic and imaginative ... Soulful, bluesy alto” Matthew Wright, Jazzwise

“Harrison impresses with his tight, dry-toned, scattergun flurries...he invests his playing with a mature sensibility...fearsomely excellent musicianship” Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

“Combining simplicity of melody with sophisticated detail and hints of Traneish spirituality...Harrison is one to watch” Dave Foxall, Jazz Journal

“Harrison has a vigorous, peppery alto sound...a skillful soloist...achieving hard-edged climaxes” Chris Parker, London Jazz News

“Harrison's mellifluous flow of ideas is buoyed by a subtle blues vein and lovely fluttering codas.” Ian Patterson, Culture Northern Ireland

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto



Willing to teach

Advanced only


Tom Harrison is a committed and enthusiastic instructor in both instrumental technique and jazz studies. He has a great deal of experience with a huge range of ages and ability levels. Tom currently holds the position of Head of Woodwind at a high-achieving prep school in Wimbledon, as well as being the general woodwind tutor at a specialist music academy in North West London. As a designer and leader of music workshop programmes Tom Harrison has received much praise, having received awards from Arts Council England and Jazz Services to fund the delivery of these projects. Tom offers his tuition services privately in the following areas; Private Tuition: Instrumental technique / Jazz Improvisation / Music Theory Exam Prepearation: ABRSM / Trinity Guildhall / GCSEs / A-Levels / Scholarship Programmes Workshop Leader: Improvisation / Musical Development / Creative Composition / Wider Opportunities Programmes Bespoke Transcription Services If you would like to get in touch with Tom Harrison with regard to any of the above services, please use the mailing form on the Contact page to receive further details

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