Welcome to the website of
pianist and composer
Welcome to the website of
pianist and composer
Buy my CD or Record Unnatural Events, Spark Label 2017
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
November 9th - Fini Bearman 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 12th - Jam Session Opener, El Barrio, Lucerne, Switzerland
December 14th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland
December 29th-31st - 21st Century Orchestra, KKL Lucerne, Switzerland
February 23rd - Ilja, Chäsi Gysenstein, Konolfingen, Switzerland
February 24th - Hauskonzert, Eglisau, Zurich, Switzerland
March 23rd - Tom Millar Quartet, Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames, UK
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
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
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)
Please contact me at tom [at] tommillar [dot] com
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