Tom Dunnett Sextet
Tom Dunnett – trombone, James Copus – trumpet, Chris Maddock – tenor, Chris Eldred – piano, Joe Downard – Bass, Will Glaser – drums
There's a long and rich history of trombone jazz within the UK: George Chisholm, Keith Christie, Roy Williams, Chris Pyne, Mark Nightingale, Alastair White and Callum Au are just some of those who've fully blown away the ludicrous notion that trombone is something to only be experienced en masse in big band sections.
Tom Dunnett is the latest addition to this starry list, a young player who shares not only the faith that his forebears had in his horn's flexibility as a solo instrument but who – like Nightingale and Au – also displays a remarkable gift for composition and arrangement.
Featured with a whole host of London-based bands in a wide variety of styles (both in and outside of jazz), when leading his own group Dunnett selects the best of his generational peer group, as can be heard in today's line-up, which could well be viewed as a 'who's-who' of some of the finest young British jazzmen, including mercurial trumpeter James Copus and former Clark Tracey Quintet saxophonist (fluent on all the sax family horns) Chris Maddock.
For older jazz fans who may cast a rather jaded eye over the current jazz scene, Dunnett's band is a healthy reminder that a classic jazz instrumentation (think early Sixties Jazz Messengers) can still stimulate new ideas and, more importantly, inspire a new wave of creative straight-ahead jazz believers.
At 18, in 2009 Tom took a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Whilst studying in Birmingham, Tom participated in workshops with and received tutorage from names such as Dave Holland, Mark Turner, Lee Konitz, George Colligan, Jeff Ballard, Mark Bassey, Mike Williams and Percy Pursglove. As well as his position with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Tom currently holds a chair in MYJO under the direction of John Ruddick and has also worked with the 606 Big Band, the London Jazz Orchestra and the Julian Joseph Big Band in addition to performing with his own quintet.
'A newly formed ensemble featuring exciting young talent playing original music...a great platform for composition with influences all the way from Bach to Mingus'.
Write-up of the Tom Dunnett Sextet from Birmingham Conservatoire's Eastside Jazz Club
Duration 75 mins