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.