about Tom

140627 Solar Band -046Meet Tom Unwin – jazz pianist, composer, teacher, film & soundtracks fan, cinematic improviser,  collagist.

As a performer he leads his band, The Blow-Up, translating the sounds of his head into live filmic jazz with his musical comrades and cohorts.

Based in Totnes, Devon, Tom shares his knowledge through teaching and hosting jazz and improvisation workshops and jam sessions.

You can book Tom or The Blow-Up by emailing tom@tomunwin.co.uk

Trained from an early age in classical music, Tom is adept in all styles of jazz through soul into pop music and has performed widely for many years, taking in the Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals, theatre productions, big bands and small groups.

Along the way he has played with Django Bates and Scott Stroman (jazz composers), Mark Nightingale (top British trombonist), and appeared with David Tennant and Martin Freeman at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. A personal highlight for Tom has been the invitation and opportunity to play twice with the legendary Pee Wee Ellis, the man who practically invented funk as James Brown’s bandleader.

Tom also records extensively, writing and recording soundtracks for film and TV, including scoring for groundbreaking documentaries on divorce and mental health for RTE Television in Ireland. He has also worked as an MD and arranger for others.

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