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6th June 2018

 CD cover, Unnatural events

CD cover, Unnatural events

I now have a fully-GDPR-compliant mailing list and to celebrate, I will be holding a prize draw for anyone that signs up before Sunday! There are five copies of my debut CD to be won - and if you already have a copy, I can substitute a later release for this - there'll be an album in September and another one for my quartet, hopefully next year, or the following at the latest. I would love to keep you informed about these, and other exciting gigs and touring - including the London Jazz Festival this year, Royal Festival Hall foyer, and touring in Denmark, Switzerland, Malta and the UK. Here is the sign-up link: https://www.tommillar.com/#contact

 

18th September 2017

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Really looking forward to continuing the tour, which has been going fantastically so far. I'm just about to drive from London to Leeds and I'm particularly excited about the launch gig at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho on Wednesday!

 

19th May 2017

 Album cover for  Unnatural Events

Album cover for Unnatural Events

I'm extremely happy that my debut album under my own name, Unnatural Events with my band Tom Millar Quartet, has been sent to the factory, both as CD and Vinyl record. You can preorder from the link above (Listen/Buy). Special thanks to Catia Lanfranchi (catialanfranchi.com) for the beautiful cover artwork! The album launch gig is on September 20th at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London and we are touring the UK and later, Europe.

 

3rd April 2017

 Ollie Howell:  Self-identity

Ollie Howell: Self-identity

I'm looking forward to my first London gig this year, the launch of drummer and composer Ollie Howell's second album, Self-Identity, which will be on Friday, April 7th at Rich Mix. I'm taking the place of Matt Robinson, who recorded the album. I played this music for six out of the twelve weeks of Ollie's residency in Dubai and Quincy Jones' Q's Bar at the Palazzo Versace, between November '16 and January '17. I'm also really happy to be catching up with the other band members: Henry Spencer, Ant Law, Max Luthert and Duncan Eagles.

 

27th february 2017

 Debut album,  Unnatural Events,  appearing on Spark! Label in September 2017

Debut album, Unnatural Events, appearing on Spark! Label in September 2017

I'm delighted to announce that my debut album, Unnatural Events, will be appearing on Spark! Label in September 2017. I recorded it with my quartet at Giant Wafer studio in Wales, with singer Alice Zawadzki guesting on two tracks. I'm currently spending a lot of time booking the release tour and have commissioned an artist to make the artwork and posters, as well as booking in the pressing (CD and vinyl!) You can listen to the first track above (scroll up to 'Listen') or here on Soundcloud.

 

20th February 2017

 Jazzwerkstatt Flyer (photo of Lisa Hoppe in background)

Jazzwerkstatt Flyer (photo of Lisa Hoppe in background)

On Friday I'm playing at the Jazzwerkstatt Bern, on the occasion of the festival's ten-year anniversary, with a brand-new project: Lisa Hoppe's Ambush. Lisa is a fantastic bass player and composer and we're playing a concert of her music, especially written for the occasion. The band is made up of Lisa (Germany) on bass, myself on piano, Phelan Burgoyne (also from England) on drums, Yumi Ito (Switzerland/Poland/Japan) vocals and Yehonathan Cohen (Israel/USA) on sax. Click on jazzwerkstatt.ch for more info!

 

7th february 2017

 Plaque outside the Schweizerhof Hotel, Lucerne

Plaque outside the Schweizerhof Hotel, Lucerne

This month I'm spending a lot of time in one of the most beautiful Swiss cities, Lucerne, playing a solo piano gig most nights, in the bar of the Hotel Schweizerhof. I had already been here before, almost a year ago, rehearsing for the Philipp Fankhauser/Margie Evans Unplugged Tour. There's a lovely Yamaha grand piano and the surroundings are quite inspiring - Richard Wagner finished composing Tristan and Isolde here in 1859. The food's pretty great too! I'm also really looking forward to playing at the Jazzwerkstatt in Bern with Lisa Hoppe's Ambush, on which more later.

 

13th January 2017

NEW WEBSITE!

 Q's Bar, Palazzo Versace, Dubai, UAE

Q's Bar, Palazzo Versace, Dubai, UAE

I arrived back in Europe a week ago, after a very enjoyable six weeks over Christmas, playing in Dubai with Ollie Howell's quartet at Quincy Jones' first ever jazz club: Q's bar at the Palazzo Versace, including two launch nights in front of the man himself, as part of a double bill with phenomenal Swedish band Dirty Loops. I now have a new website to keep you informed about upcoming projects for 2017 and beyond.

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Dates


Upcoming Concerts

2018:

November

Thursday 8th - Ilja, Mokka, Thun, Switzerland

Monday 12th - Ilja, Lokal, Basel, Switzerland

Tuesday 13th - Ilja, Radio Espace2, Lausanne, Switzerland

Tuesday 13th - Ilja, Duke's Bar, Lausanne, Switzerland

Wednesday 14th - Ilja, Esse, Wintherthur, Switzerland

Thursday 15th - Ilja album launch, BeJazz, Berne, Switzerland

Friday 16th - Tom Millar Solo, Las Pampas Festival, Eglisau, Switzerland

Sunday 18th - with Chris Biscoe, the Oval Tavern, Croydon, UK

Wednesday 21st - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL, Way Out West, Bull's Head, London, UK

Thursday 22nd - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL, Tom Millar/Dave Jones Sextet, Ram Jam Club, Kingston, UK

Sunday 25th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL, Tom Millar Quartet, Ram Jam Club, Kingston, UK

Friday 30th - Tom Millar Quartet, Royal Festival Hall Foyer, London, UK

December

Sunday 2nd - Jeff Chambers' N-Tet, Vortex Jazz Club, London, UK

Sunday 16th - Andrew Linham Big Band, Vortex Jazz Club, London, UK

PAST CONCERTS 2018:

January 2nd-3rd - 21st Century Orchestra, KKL Lucerne, Switzerland

January 12th - Tom Millar, Dave Jones, Duncan Eagles, Dave Storey @ Cafe POSK, Hammersmith, London

January 16th-31st - Tom Millar Solo, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

February 9th - Lauren Bush, Hampstead Jazz Lounge, London

February 23rd - Ilja, Chäsi Gysenstein, Konolfingen, Switzerland

February 25th - Hauskonzert, Eglisau, Zurich, Switzerland

February 26th-28th - Ilja album recording, Hardstudios, Winterthur, Switzerland

March 4th - Andrew Linham Big Band, Peterborough Jazz Club, UK

March 8th - Henry Spencer's Juncture, Sherborne, Dorset, UK

March 13th - Tom Millar Soho, Cecil Court, Kew, London, UK

March 19th - Ollie Howell Quartet, 606 Club, Chelsea, London, UK

March 23rd - Tom Millar Quartet, Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames, UK

March 30th - Way Out West, Clock House, Teddington, London, UK

April 5th - University College Hospital, Tom Millar Solo, London, UK

April 6th - Wobbly Rail Five, Café POSK, Hammersmith, London, UK

April 18th - Andrew Linham Quartet, Forest Gate, London, UK

April 22nd - Tim Whitehead Duo, Rincon, Richmond, UK

May 8th - Mornington Lockett Duo, The Troubadour, London, UK

May 9th - Dave Jones/Tom Millar Sextet, Bull's Head, London, UK

May 11th - Andrew Linham Quartet, London, UK

May 15th - Mornington Lockett Duo, The Troubadour, London, UK

May 17th - Tom Millar Solo, UCH, London, UK

May 17th - Dave Jones/Tom Millar Sextet, Ram Jam, Kingston, UK

May 25th - Way Out West, the Clock House, Teddington, UK

June 7th - Tom Millar Solo, Moorfield's Eye Hospital, London, UK

June 14th - Tim Whitehead Duo, The Mount, Sussex, UK

June 19th - Mornington Lockett Duo, The Troubadour, London, UK

June 20th - Way Out West Presents the Music of Sonny Rollins, Bull's Head, London, UK

June 29th - Way Out West, The Clock House, Teddington, UK

July 5th - Way Out West Allstars, Ram Jam Club, Kingston, UK

July 18th - Tom Millar Quartet, Bull's Head, London, UK

July 22nd - Way Out West, The Clock House, Teddington, UK

August 22nd - Way Out West, Bull's Head, London, UK

August 24th - Black Cat Cabaret, Underbelly, London, UK

August 29th - Andrew Linham Big Band, London, UK

September 6th - Ilja, Jazzclub Aarau, Switzerland

September 11th - Duo with Mornington Lockett, Troubadour, London, UK

September 12th - Dave Jones/Tom Millar Sextet, Bull’s Head, Barnes, London, UK

September 13th - duo with Sonia Maclean, Hotel Bosco, Surbiton, London, UK

September 15th - Ilja, House Concert, Copenhagen, Denmark

September 17th - Ilja, Mandagsklubben, Copenhagen, Denmark

September 18th - Ilja, Vortex Jazz Club, London, UK

September 19th - Black Cat Cabaret, Underbelly, London, UK

September 20th - Ilja, Ram Jam Records, Kingston, London, UK

September 21st - 23rd, 25th - 30th - Black Cat Cabaret, Underbelly, London, UK

October 4th - duo with Darren McCarthy, Brasserie Blanc, Battersea, London, UK

October 10th - Henry Spencer's Juncture, Spice of Life, London, UK

October 11th - duo with Sonia Maclean, Hotel Bosco, Surbiton, London, UK

October 13th - Black Cat Cabaret, Crazy Coqs @ Brasserie Zedel, London, UK

October 20th - Black Cat Cabaret, Crazy Coqs @ Brasserie Zedel, London, UK

October 25th - Jam Opener @ the Fox, Twickenham, UK

October 26th - the Lyric Ensemble @ the Clockhouse, Twickenham, UK

November 5th - Ilja, Villa Irniger, Zurich, Switzerland

November 6th - Ilja, Lokal, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

PAST CONCERTS 2017:

Nov 28th 2016 - Jan 6th 2017: Ollie Howell Quartet, Opening Quincy Jones' Q’s Bar, Palazzo Versace, Dubai, UAE

January 12th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

January 19th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

January 26th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

January 31st - Jam Session Opener, Cinqième Etage, Bern, Switzerland

February 3rd-6th - Solo Piano at the Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland

February 11th-18th - Solo Piano at the Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland

February 20th-21st - Solo Piano at the Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland

February 24th - Lisa Hoppe’s Ambush, Jazzwerkstatt Bern @ PROGR, Switzerland

March 7th - Jam Session Opener, Mehrspur, Zurich, Switzerland

March 9th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

March 30th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

April 7th - Ollie Howell Quartet album launch, Rich Mix, London, UK

May 2nd - Ilja, Podium Basel, Switzerland

May 4th - Ilja, Lebewohlfabrik, Zurich, Switzerland

May 6th - Ilja, Bärechäller, Aarburg, Switzerland

May 11th - João Carvalho, HKB Auditorium, Bern, Switzerland

May 13th - Henry Spencer's Juncture, Calstock Arts, Cornwall, UK 

May 14th - Henry Spencer's Juncture, Ashburton Live, Newton Abbott, UK

May 18th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

May 24th - Ilja, Pyramidstage Bern, Switzerland

June 10th - Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra, St. Luke's Church, Upminster, London, UK

June 18th - Tom Millar Quartet, the Pumphouse, Aldeburgh Festival, UK

June 23rd - Michael Wyss Big Band - private concert, Lenzburg Castle, Switzerland

June 28th - Lukas Thoeni and Trigger Big Band - Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland

July 1st - Philipp Fankhauser, HOG Main Stage, Lugano, Switzerland

July 16th - Hauskonzert, Eglisau, Zurich, Switzerland

July 23rd - Tim Whitehead and Alice Zawadzki, Rincon, Richmond (London), UK

August 10th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

August 17th - Tom Millar Solo, Live Music Now, UCH, London, UK

August 25th - Wattwil Big Band featuring Goran Kovacevic, Lokremise, St.Gallen, Switzerland

August 26th - Wattwil Big Band featuring Goran Kovacevic, Stadtsaal Kreuz, Jona, Switzerland

August 27th - Wattwil Big Band featuring Goran Kovacevic, Thurpark, Wattwil, Switzerland

September 6th - Tom Millar Solo, Live Music Now, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK

September 7th - Tom Millar Quartet, Matt and Phred's, Manchester, UK

September 8th - Tom Millar Quartet, Cafe Lento, Leeds, UK

September 10th - Tom Millar Quartet, The Lighthouse, Deal, UK

September 12th - Lisa Hoppe's Ambush, HKB Auditorium, Bern, Switzerland

September 14th - Lisa Hoppe's Ambush, Milchhüsli, Basel, Switzerland

September 15th - Tom Millar Quartet, HKB Auditorium, Bern, Switzerland

September 16th - Lisa Hoppe's Ambush, Wankdorf Festival, Switzerland

September 17th - Tim Whitehead Duo, Rincon, Richmond, UK

September 18th - Tom Millar Quartet, Sproggit's, Leeds, UK

September 19th - Tom Millar Quartet, Basement Jazz Bar, York, UK

September 20th - Unnatural Events album launch party, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London, UK

September 21st - Tom Millar Quartet, Jazz at Future Inns, Bristol, UK

September 22nd - Tom Millar Quartet, Hot Numbers Cafe, Cambridge, UK

September 24th - Tom Millar Quartet, Herts Jazz, UK

September 25th - Jazz FM session with Chris Philips

September 27th - Tom Millar Quartet, Bull's Head, London, UK

September 28th - Tom Millar Quartet, Davenham Players' Theatre, UK

September 29th - Chris von Hoffmann band, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

October 2nd - Tom Millar Quartet, Kenilworth Jazz Club, UK

October 5th - Tom Millar Quartet, Cafe Jazz, Cardiff, UK

October 6th - Tom Millar Quartet, Burdall's Yard, Bath, UK

October 8th - Sonia McLean, Rincon, Richmond, UK

October 12th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

October 15th - Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra Album Launch, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, UK

October 16th - Tom Millar Solo, Live Music Now, Stanmore, UK

October 19th - Tom Millar Quartet, Keble College Music Society, Oxford, UK

October 20th - Tom Millar Quartet, Chichester Jazz Club, UK

October 24th - Tom Millar Quartet, Jazz at the Spotted Dog, Birmingham, UK

October 25th - Tom Millar Quartet, Swing Unlimited, Bournemouth, UK

October 26th - Tom Millar Quartet, Ram Jam Club, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK

October 31st - Jam Session Opener, Cinqième Etage, Bern, Switzerland

November 2nd - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

November 3rd-5th - 21st Century Orchestra, KKL Lucerne, Switzerland

November 9th - Alice Zawadzki duo, Black Opium Coffee, London, UK

November 12th - Tom Millar Solo, Jazz-Matinée, Paul Klee Centre, Bern, Switzerland

November 15th - London Jazz Festival with Tom Millar Quartet, Green Note, London, UK

November 17th-19th - 21st Century Orchestra, Theatre du Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland

November 25th - Perico Sambeat and Trigger Big Band - Rapperswil, Switzerland

November 26th - Perico Sambeat and Trigger Big Band - Cham ZG, Switzerland

November 30th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

December 1st-3rd - 21st Century Orchestra, KKL Lucerne, Switzerland

December 7th - Way Out West All Stars, Inventions and Dimensions, Ram Jam Club, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK

December 12th - Jam Session Opener, El Barrio, Lucerne, Switzerland

December 14th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland

December 21st - Christmas Celebration, Tom Millar Solo, Live Music Now, Moorfield's Eye Hospital, London, UK

December 29th-31st - 21st Century Orchestra, KKL Lucerne, Switzerland

Biography


Biography


Biography

 

Tom Millar is a London-based pianist, composer and bandleader. He was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in London. After reading Music at King’s College, Cambridge, he studied Jazz Piano and Composition for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and with Django Bates in Bern, Switzerland.

His debut album with his quartet, Unnatural Events, was launched on September 20th 2017 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London. It came out on independent jazz label Spark!, and was recorded with funding from an Emerging Excellence Award (Help Musicians UK), the Jazz Services’ Recording Support Scheme, and a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The quartet plays Tom’s original music, inspired by places and people that are important to him. Tracks include the soulful ballad 'Park Hill’; his setting of the proto-environmentalist poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Inversnaid'; and rock-out grooves in 'The Seafarer', 'Power Chord Thing' and 'Woad'. It features some of the most in-demand young jazz musicians in London: Misha Mullov-Abbado on bass, Alex Munk on guitar and Dave Storey on drums. Singer Alice Zawadzki features on two tracks on the album. To support the release, the quartet had a 20-date UK tour, with the support of the Arts Council England.

His music has since received extensive radio airplay, including BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and London Jazz Radio.

Tom has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Vortex, 606 Club, the London Jazz Festival, KKL Lucerne and Paul Klee Centre, Bern. He toured England and Wales with the Lyric Ensemble, performing the music of Michael Garrick; with Ollie Howell’s quintet; with Duncan Eagles’ quartet; and has recorded albums with the Tom Smith Septet and Andrew Linham Big Band. Further afield, he has played in the USA, Europe and Qatar, including a nationwide tour with Swiss blues star Philipp Fankhauser and venerable singer Margie Evans from Shreveport, Louisiana. He recently played for the opening residency in Quincy Jones’ first ever jazz club, Q’s bar, at the Palazzo Versace, Dubai, between November 2016 and January 2017, and in February 2017 with bassist Lisa Hoppe's Ambush at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival, Bern.

Tom previously ran the monthly jam session and gig at the Green Note, Camden, as well as playing a monthly duo concert there with some of his favourite singers. He was also a member of Way Out West musicians’ collective, for which he created various different projects including a quintet with Gareth Lockrane and Fini Bearman, and a nonet playing his compositions and arrangements with Jim Hart, Tim Whitehead, Tony Woods and Laura Jurd, among others.

Selected press quotes:

"Millar's writing is part of a lineage of polished modernism whose building blocks are to be found in the holy trinity of Herbie, Chick and Bill Evans, but whose additional masonry has pleasing echoes of their scions, namely Pat Metheny and Brian Blade. At its highpoint the performance reaches a poetic, pastoral grace." Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise   

'beautifully articulated piano lines … Millar's percussive composition 'Rain in Rio' [was] an audience favourite' Jazzwise

'Ambitious young band … exploring sophisticated original material' Time Out, London

'Tom's music is full of strong melodies, quirky rhythmic hooks and unusual forms' Londonjazznews.com

'Finely crafted tunes and thoughtful improvisations' Tim Whitehead

 

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Photo credits: Aga Tomaszek (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9), Sabine Burger (8), Pascal Steiger (3), Monika S. Jakubowska (4), Gonyukov (Gvitaly) at Dubai Night (9)

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