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Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft is a drummer, composer, bandleader and educator who has been working professionally in music for over 30 years. You can explore his previous projects in the Archive section of this website. Originally trained as a medical doctor Tom now makes a living from music. He has played with musicians ranging from Sun Ra & Martyn Bennett to Geri Allen and Bill Wells and composed music for jazz orchestra, live dance, multi-media. theatre, and film. Currently (as of 2017) Tom is a key member of the 80 piece folk/jazz/classical GRIT Orchestra, plays with the bi-weekly Playtime collective in Edinburgh, leads the group In Common featuring the Indian masters Sharat Chandra Srivastava on violin and Gyan Singh on tabla, and co-leads the Go Get It Trio with Graeme Stephen. Tom is a founder member of the Pathhead Music Collective, a collective of 15 professional musicians living in a small Midlothian ex-mining village, where he curates (with Martin Green from LAU) the PIE series of experimental music concerts in a village hall

Love & Stillness

Label: Interrupto Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Somehow Something; Goodbye Hello; Duo / Donald, Willie, And His Dog; Solo; The Burnin O Auchindoon; Bodhran & Tabla; Love & Stillness; Drums & Tabla; Flower Child 1; Flower Child 2; Nette Ball; 18; Flower Child 2b.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tom Bancroft's In Common: Love & Stillness

Read "Love & Stillness" reviewed by Roger Farbey

A qualified medical doctor and highly experienced jazz musician, Tom Bancroft is co-leader of the bass-less Trio AAB and leads the big band Orchestro Interrupto. He studied drums with Jo Morello, Joey Baron, and Andrew Cyrille, and has played with a host of renowned jazz stars including Sun Ra, Charlie Mariano, Oliver Lake, and Sheila Jordan. ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains

Read "Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains" reviewed by Duncan Heining

By way of introduction... Saxophonist Raymond MacDonald is a busy man. He balances the life of a gigging, recording musician with a high-flying academic career and, in both respects, his reputation has grown far beyond his Glasgow home. As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his work with the George Burt/Raymond MacDonald ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

World's First Jazz Flashmob draws 1500+ in Edinburgh

World's First Jazz Flashmob draws 1500+ in Edinburgh

World's First Jazz Flashmob—called Clandemonium—drew 1500+ people at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival on July 31st 2010. Over 1000 people were supplied with colour coded “tam-o-shanter" hats and took part in the event in four colour coded teams—blue—dance, green—drums, red—kazzos, and orange—body percussion and scat vocals. The onstage band featured Scottish jazz and music luminaries such ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Read "Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jack Cortner Big Band Sound Check Jazzed Media 2009 For someone who waited so long before taking his first swings as leader of his own big band, Jack Cortner shows again on Sound Check, the band's second impressive recording in as many years, that he's got game. He's ...

Pieology

Label: Caber Music
Released: 1999

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Tom Bancroft Orchestra: Pieology

Read "Pieology" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tom Bancroft’s six–year–old orchestra from Scotland has been described as “the most adventurous contemporary big band in the UK,” a statement that will go unchallenged here. I have no degree in Pieology, but after appraising Bancroft’s debut recording (covering those six years) on the new Caber Music label, I’d guess that it must have something to ...


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