Rising Star Saxophonist Tom Harrison To Play London Jazz Festival
12th August 2015

London-based alto saxophonist and flutist Tom Harrison is due to make his debut as a leader at the London Jazz Festival this November. Born in Cardiff and raised in Sheffield, he graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2012 and has since been mentored by saxophone icon Jean Toussaint, also acting as his agent. Harrison's debut album Dagda (Dagda Quartet) was released on Lyte Records in 2012 and was launched by over twenty live dates in the UK. Since then he's toured the UK yearly with his quartet, as well as playing in the live bands of soul singer Heather Small and drummer David Lyttle. With Lyttle he has toured extensively in Ireland and Britain, most recently alongside American trumpeter Terell Stafford, and he appears on the drummer's latest studio project Faces alongside rap star Talib Kweli and Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano. 

At the London Jazz Festival Harrison's quintet will play homage to saxophone legend Sonny Fortune, featuring Quentin Collins (trumpet), Robert Mitchell (piano), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums). 

"I'm really happy to be playing my first concert as a leader at the prestigious London Jazz Festival in 2015. To have this platform to give this music a rare airing is a fantastic opportunity, and I'm honoured that Sonny Fortune has given his blessing to the project. I'm privileged to be accompanied by a multi-generational band of outstanding UK jazz talent, and look forward to exploring the music on stage."

The Tom Harrison Quintet plays London Jazz Festival at Spice of Life, Soho, on Friday 20th November. For more information and tickets click here.

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