I was born in Manchester, England. My musical interest started at about the age of 13 years where l followed my brothers footsteps into the school band which later became the Ashton on Mersey Youth Showband. My brother played the Trombone whilst l played Alto and later the Tenor saxophone. One of my first regular gigs with this band was a residency on Morecambe pier every Sunday evening. I started singing at the age of about 16. Moved to London at around 24. Recorded a few tracks for Atlantic Records and chased record deals for a while. I worked as in house programmer and engineer for Morrison- Leahy Music. l met Nigel Goulding and formed the duo 'Step'. Nigel is a great co-songwriting partner We released a jazz dance track called 'If' which did well in Japan.
Tom Rust has a voice of great character, with the subtlety to
make swing songs really swing and enough edge to save
ballads from blandness. Saints & Singers is his debut album -
an excellent programme of classic
but not over-performed songs, superbly accompanied by the
Malcolm Edmonstone Trio.
Dave Gelly - Jazz critic for The Observer
vocals are smooth but expressive in the same way as Jon
Lucien's. What more could you ask for?
ab, Music Week
This is great - smooth and contemporary take on classics
Tom is definitely a contender for the Jamie Cullum crown, but
the feeling is from this brilliant release is that Tom has
something a bit deeper to offer than JC's
light bubbly approach - more a late night burner; mixing
classic approach and contempoary sound - GET IT !!
ʻHe's actually very good, a far better singer than Jamie Cullum
and more individual than the somewhat overrated Michael
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