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Thomas Earl

Writer, saxophonist, composer and Jacob Collier fan

About Me

Starting piano at six, I tried an assortment of guitar, trumpet and trombone before settling on alto saxophone aged ten. I came to jazz through big band music (Buddy Rich, Count Basie etc.) and have been fortunate to play with some fantastic ensembles including the National Youth Wind Orchestra and National Youth Jazz Orchestra Academy, in addition to smaller quintets while at Cambridge University.

My Jazz Story

The first jazz record I bought was Buddy Rich, Big Swing Face. I recently attended Buddy Rich 100 at Ronnie Scott's, where Buddy's daughter Cathy sang "The Beat Goes On" with several original band members - it felt like coming full circle! My advice to new listeners is do not feel like there is music you "should" be listening to--just find something you enjoy and take it from there!

My Favorites

  1. Cannonball Adderley - Presenting Cannonball Adderley
  2. Michael Brecker - Tales from the Hudson
  3. Keith Jarrett - Facing You
  4. Jacob Collier - In My Room