Tommy Scott spent his childhood in the Welsh mountains and was based for many years in the Cotswold hills, near Bristol in southwest England. His piano style creates a unique blend of classical, rock, jazz, blues and latin influences which is both melodic and exciting.
Tommy studied classical piano as a child and was branded as a prodigy when he first burst onto the jazz scene at the age of sixteen, playing at many international festivals across the UK with his trio.
Tommy’s performing career began when the great US pianist Joey Calderazzo invited Tommy to sit in with his band when Tommy was just 13! Joey also introduced Tommy to British pianist Jason Rubello, with whom he studied privately for a year.
In his early teens, Tommy went to as many live gigs as he could and got to meet many of his heroes such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ray Brown, Cedar Walton, Roy Haynes, and Elvin Jones.
Another significant moment happened when he became friends with the Panamanian pianist and composer, Danilo Perez. Danilo invited Tommy to go and study with him at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Tommy has performed and collaborated with the likes of Jean Toussaint, Julian Siegel, Mornington Lockett, Brandon Allen, Alex Hitchcock, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Damon Brown, Duncan Eagles, Dave O’Higgins, Xhosa Cole, Quentin Collins, Rob Luft, Tom Ollendorff, Paul Booth, Alex Garnett, and a number of other London-based players.
His 2020 debut album as a leader ‘Going For It’, featuring an all-star rhythm section of Asaf Sirkis on drums and Yuri Goloubev on double bass, grabbed the attention of audiences and media across the UK. Tommy has become well known for his evocative and moving compositions.
In 2021 Tommy put together a more groove-based project featuring Flo Moore on electric bass and Sophie Alloway on drums, which showcases more of Tommy’s eclectic writing, with influences from around the world.
More recently, Tommy has been living in Paris, where he has been playing with many fine musicians from around Europe and New York, such as Baptiste Herbin, Sylvain Beuf, Francesco Ciniglio, Saul Rubin, and Plume. His sensitive playing has made him an in-demand accompanist for a number of singers.
Tommy’s latest trio project features Gabriel Pierre on bass and Raphael Pannier on drums and he is currently writing the music for his next album, which will feature French musicians.
“The fluency of Scott’s playing is astonishing. certainly one of my best jazz albums of 2020” (George Cole, Jazz Views and author of the last miles)
“This is a remarkable album"