An international jazz saxophonist originally from Wester Hailes, Edinburgh. After studying with us here at The Music School, Tommy received a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College in Boston, USA. With his unique style of solo playing, he soon attracted the attention of such jazz greats as Chick Corea and Gary Burton and later embarked on several world tours. Television, radio and many magazine articles followed and then the first record deal arrived with the famous Blue Note label. The albums Step by Step, Peeping Tom, Standards and Paris were released to great acclaim and he is currently signed to Linn Records.
Tommy is also a composer of distinction. In 1990 he was commissioned by The Scottish Ensemble to write his first saxophone concerto and later a suite for sax and strings. Classical music continues to influence much of his music. Recently Tommy took a new direction, however, for a project-based album with Linn Records entitled Beasts of Scotland. Commissioned by the Glasgow international Jazz Festival this idea was inspired by Edwin Morgan’s poems and a series of paintings by Scottish artist Neil Bryce.