Category Archives: Collaboration

Projeto Guimarães Jazz / Porta-Jazz #4

Very excited to be heading to Guimarães Jazz 2017 for a residency in November, working collaboratively with Portugese musicians, an actress and a playwright. We present the results of our residency on Sunday, 12 November at 21h30! Here’s the project description:

This year`s edition of the partnership between Guimarães Jazz and the association Porta-Jazz is based on the intersection between music and theatre: an old relationship which, although following many different paths, is essential to performative arts.

During a week of artistic residency, playwright Jorge Louraço Figueira will write a text and actress Catarina Lacerda will perform it in collaboration with a quartet led by Nuno Trocado (guitar) and featuring musicians Tom Ward (saxophones, flute, bass clarinet), Sérgio Tavares (bass) and Acácio Salero (drums). The main theme of the residency is the relation between sound and word, confronting both pre-determined as well as improvised contributions in order to collectively conjugate all the individual inputs in a coherent way. The main guideline is jazz – a style of music which, in its purer form, is nothing more than attempt to conjugate different inputs into a musically coherent way.

BRÅK @ waterintobeer

A new series of gigs in Brockley’s favourite DIY homebrew beer shop! Co-organised by Cath Roberts, Colin Webster and myself, each evening will feature three duos with each of us choosing a different partner each time. I’ve chosen a first outing playing with the venerable Corey Mwamba, and first duos with Alex Bonney and Alice Eldridge, both of whom have played in my Menagerie sextet. Looking forward to the music, and also the excellent beer…!

Upcoming Gigs Autumn / Winter 2017

9th September 6:30pm – Tom Ward / Corey Mwamba @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley

The first of a set of three gigs in Brockley’s favourite DIY homebrew beer shop waterintobeer! This time, a first meeting playing together for myself & Corey Mwamba.

14th September – Kepler Orbit @ Plink Plonk, Norwich

The final gig of the 2017 Kepler Orbit run of gigs, back at the amazing Plink Plonk.

16th September 12:45pm – Madwort Saxophone Quartet @ Lancaster Jazz Festival, The Hall, Lancaster

Very pleased to be returning to Lancaster Jazz Festival after such a great time with Cath Robert’s project at the 2016 festival. The sax quartet are playing in The Hall in Lancaster.

28th October 6:30pm – Tom Ward / Alex Bonney @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley

At the beer shop with cornetist Alex Bonney.

4th November – Ben Owen @ IKLECTIK, Waterloo

More details tbc.

6th-12th November – Guimaraes Jazz Festival

More details tbc.

16th November – Madwort Sax Quartet @ efpi festival, Wonder Inn, Manchester

The sax quartet will be playing in Manchester alongside lots of lovely label-mates including Adam Fairhall, Beats & Pieces Big Band, Tullis Rennie, and more…

17th November – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Rich Mix, London Jazz Festival

Beats & Pieces hit London on the way through into Europe!

18th-24th November – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ EU tour

Taking in Pappelgarten, Unterfahrt, Poznan, Bozar, Bimhuis and maybe more…

25th November – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Cambridge

One last gig in Cambridge before we get home!

16th December 6:30pm – Tom Ward / Alice Eldridge @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley

At the beer shop with cellist Alice Eldridge.

Upcoming Gigs Spring 2017

12th January – JOT trio @ Noise Upstairs, Fuel Cafe Bar, Manchester

New improv trio with Otto Willburg & Johnny Hunter.

27th January – Kepler Orbit @ Club Integral, The Others, Stoke Newington

Another new improv trio, this time with Martin Pyne & Ed Riches.

9th February – Adam Fairhall/Tom Ward duo, Vortex, Dalston

Playing alongside Cath Roberts/Seth Bennett duo and Adam Fairhall solo, this will be a great night of improvisation back at the Vortex.

Madwort Saxophone Quartet Tour

To support the release of Live at Hundred Years Gallery on Efpi records, we’re doing some gigs around the UK, supported by Arts Council England!

  • 12th February – Jazz North East / Splinter, Bridge Hotel, Newcastle
  • 1st March – Plink Plonk, York Tavern, Norwich
  • 2nd March – Blessington Carriage, Derby
  • 5th March – IKLECTIK, London
  • 6th March – The Wonder Inn, Manchester

14th February – Kepler Orbit @ Sonic Imperfections, New Cross

South London’s premier night for new music! And close enough that I can walk to the gig! Woohoo!

Ma/ti/om Tour

  • 21 March @ Fizzle, Birmingham (Ti/om)
  • 25 March @ 5 Years of Raw Tonk, London
  • 26 March @ 5 Years of Raw Tonk, Manchester
  • 27 March @ Plink Plonk, Norwich
  • 29 March @ Safehouse, Brighton
  • 20 May @ Non Figurative Musikk, Tønsberg, Norway

Manchester Jazz Festival 2016

Much fun to be had in Manchester, and sunnier than in London too!

Upcoming gigs Spring/Summer 2016

June 14th – Pyne/Riches/Ward @ Arch One

First outing of a new collaborative project with Martin Pyne (vibes) and Ed Riches (guitar), alongside Deemer and Cath Roberts.

June 26th – Article XI @ LUME Fest, IKLEKTIK Art Lab, Waterloo

I’ll be playing tenor sax with Anton Hunter’s awesome Article XI project.

June 28th – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Watermill Jazz, Dorking

July 7th – Bennett/Hunter/Ward @ Brighton Alt Jazz Festival fundraiser, Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton

Another new collaborative trio, this time with Seth Bennett (double bass) and Anton Hunter (guitar) organised especially in support of the awesome Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival. Also on the bill are some very exciting things, including a set from improvising guitarist Ian Brighton.

July 29th – “What happens in our brain when we improvise” @ Manchester Jazz Festival

Dr Graeme Wilson lectures, hopefully illuminated with musical creations in duo with Adam Fairhall (piano).

August 5th – Ti/om @ V22, Forest Hill

A duo set with Tim Fairhall (double bass) as part of a Raw Tonk showcase night in our current homeland of South-East London

Upcoming gigs Winter 2015 / spring 2016

A couple of gigs that got missed:

December 17th – LUME: The Hat Speaks @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton

The return of the hat jam, where improvisers submit to the will of a die and a hat full of names!

Sunday January 10th, 4pm – LJO @ the Vortex, Dalston

An enjoyable sunday afternoon big band gig depping on bari sax & bass clarinet & getting properly stuck into the LJO’s charts.

And some that are still to come:

Sunday February 7th 2016, 9pm – Overground Collective @ Jazz at the Salisbury, Green Lanes

Paulo Duarte’s big band roars in the Salisbury Pub on Green Lanes, with special guests Dave O’Brien & Jason Simpson aka the Quadraceratops rhythm section!

Sunday March 6th 2016, 8pm – Tom Ward / Adam Fairhall / Olie Brice / Andrew Lisle @ LUME at the Vortex, Dalston

A brand new collaborative quartet featuring myself alongside master improvisers Adam Fairhall (piano), Olie Brice (double bass) and Andrew Lisle (drums).

Sunday March 13th, 4pm – LJO @ the Vortex, Dalston

Back at the Vortex again with the LJO!

March 23rd-30th 2016 – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Germany

I’m depping again on baritone sax with Beats & Pieces for their trip to Germany, Austria and possibly some other surrounding countries. Hopefully I will be able to renew my passport before I have to catch the ferry…

April 16th – Madwort Sax Quartet live album recording @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton

We’re recording the first MSQ album at this very hip basement venue in Hoxton, presented by LUME.

April 23rd – Yazz Ahmed’s Family Hafla @ Bournemouth Jazz Festival

I’ll be depping on bass clarinet playing some of Yazz’s lovely Arabic-influenced music. And maybe we’ll see the sea…! More details at Bournemouth Jazz Festival‘s website.

LUME was two

…was great! The dice & hat randomly selected some really nice groups, and I particularly enjoyed playing duo with Joe Wright:

lume is two - tom and joe