Tom Millar Quartet

Address104 Warwick Street
AtJazz at the Spotted Dog
CountyWest Midlands (GB142)

104 Warwick Street
Jazz at the Spotted Dog
West Midlands (GB142)
Tel 2017-10-24
Categoria Events

Tom Millar is a London-based pianist, composer and bandleader. He was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in London. After reading Music at King’s College, Cambridge, he studied Jazz Piano and Composition for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and with Django Bates in Bern, Switzerland. His debut album with his quartet, Unnatural Events, will be launched on September 20th 2017 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London. It is coming out on independent jazz label Spark. , and was recorded with funding from an Emerging Excellence Award (Help Musicians UK), the Jazz Services’ Recording Support Scheme, and a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The quartet plays Tom’s original music, inspired by places and people that are important to him.

Tracks include the soulful ballad 'Park Hill’; his setting of the proto-environmentalist poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Inversnaid'; and rock-out grooves in 'The Seafarer', 'Power Chord Thing' and 'Woad'. It features some of the most in-demand young jazz musicians in London: Misha Mullov-Abbado on bass, Alex Munk on guitar and Dave Storey on drums. Singer Alice Zawadzki features on two tracks on the album. To support the release, the quartet will be embarking on a 20-date UK tour. Tom Millar - Piano Alex Munk - Guitar Misha Mullov-Abbado - Bass Dave Storey, Drums 'beautifully articulated piano lines … Millar's percussive composition 'Rain in Rio' [was] an audience favourite' Jazzwise 'Ambitious young band … exploring sophisticated original material' Time Out, London 'Tom's music is full of strong melodies, quirky rhythmic hooks and unusual forms' 'Finely crafted tunes and thoughtful improvisations' Tim Whitehead As always we suggest £5 to the jar in the interval to keep live jazz going and cheap beer flowing. Jam session hosted by Josh Tagg until the early hours, happy days.

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