About Tom Lindsay
First found bashing piano keys at the age of three, Tom's love of music has developed over almost thirty years. A graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, where he developed his trade with the likes of Liam Noble and Hans Koller, he is now working on a number of teaching and performance projects.
Performing since the age of 16, Tom has developed a great experience and love for the music, and his enjoyment and energy show at every opportunity. He now performs all over the country in a variety of formats including his own trio, the 18-piece State 51 Swing Orchestra and his function group The Groovitive, performing 60s to present day pop.
The Tom Lindsay Trio is Tom's main current project, featuring original material and arrangements of jazz standards and pop tunes. Alongside Tom on piano and vocals feature two rising stars from the Midlands jazz scene: bassist Tom Moore and drummer Ric Yarborough.
Pianists such as Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans are strong influences in Tom's music, and from more recent times he is a big fan of the music of Brad Mehldau and bassist Avishai Cohen. Groups such as Jamiroquai and Tower of Power feature also heavily in his record collection, and a funky fusion influenced by those is the target of a future project.
Education forms an important part of Tom's career, and he teaches jazz piano at Warwick School and The University of Warwick. Topics typically include improvisation, jazz harmony, chord voicings and ensemble technique. He also teaches a small number of private pupils.
Lastly, Tom's jazz career has been heavily influenced by his time with the University of Warwick Big Band, with whom he was a musical director for four years. Highlights of his association with the group include playing and singing in the Montreux Jazz Festival and leading the band to Gold and Platinum Awards at the National Concert Band Festival as their Musical Director.