About Tom Lindsay
First found bashing piano keys at the age of three, Tom's love of music has developed over more than twenty 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 has played at a range of venues all round the UK and Europe, including performing on the same bill as Mercury Prize nominee Kit Downes.
Vocals are comparatively new to Tom's repertoire, and developing them over the last few years has allowed him to expand his activities. He sings with his own trio, the acclaimed State 51 Swing Orchestra, and a number of his own groups performing at functions.
Pianists such as Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans are strong influences in Tomís 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 groups is the target of his latest project.
Education forms an important part of Tomís career, and he teaches jazz piano to students at the University of Warwick and Warwick School. Topics typically include improvisation, jazz harmony, chord voicings and the technique of playing in jazz groups. He is also a saxophonist, and teaches saxophone to a small number of private pupils.
Lastly, Tomís 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.