Tom Barford, saxophonist, composer and winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize.
An instrumentalist of supreme talent and creativity and a composer for his originality and vision, Tom Barford released his debut album, Bloomer, in Spet 2017, a vibrant, energetic and melodic album that won the praise of fellow saxophonist Evan Parker, describing Tom’s arrival: “We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the Jazz firmament.”
In 2020, together with saxophonist Alex Hitchcock, Tom formed a new quartet, AuB (pronounced Orb) with bassist Ferg Ireland and drummer James Maddren. Formed with a fierce desire to make music together, to stand up and make a statement about what defines them as young and creative musicians, their eponymous debut was globally received as a band with an adventurous and risk-taking spirit.
Tom Barford is compelling and excitingly original.