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.
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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
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
Willing to teach
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
Workshop Leader: Improvisation / Musical Development / Creative Composition /
Wider Opportunities Programmes
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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