Tom studied Music at New College, Oxford University, continuing to take a Masters in Jazz Piano at Trinity Laban. In November 2012 Tom released a CD of original piano music entitled ‘Slightly Peculiar’ which has received airplay on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM. Tom was winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition in 2014 and will be undertaking a tour to include gigs at Ronnie Scotts club as well as abroad and at major venues across the country in late 2015.He leads his own group ‘Treehouse’ featuring Calum Gourlay and Lewis Wright, who have been performing in London and beyond since 2010 at venues and festivals including Kings Place and the London Jazz Festival. The group went on to be awarded an ‘Emerging Excellence’ award from HelpMusiciansUK in 2014 and signed to European label CAM Jazz for their first album release in the Autumn of 2015, to be accompanied by a national tour as well as selected gigs in Europe. Tom also plays and writes regularly with many of the country’s top young jazz musicians in collaborative groups that can be seen at jazz clubs and festivals across the country. In addition to this, his music for the 2012 Film ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ has been broadcast on BBC, Sky and many international television channels. He also teaches with national music bodies the National Youth Jazz Collective and Sound and Music.
“Emerging Piano Virtuoso…One to watch” – Time Out
“Hewson displays great maturity here in the drum-less trio, with stunning Empirical vibes master Lewis Wright and bassist Calum Gourlay…Impressive, free-flowing solos – think a twentysomething take on the Modern Jazz Quartet” TimeOut “An exciting trio with a special sound and understanding. There’s a real vitality and rapport in the group and the compositions are sublime, with Tom’s beautiful, adventurous piano playing throughout. ” John Taylor “This music has a way of steering in and out of what one imagines is familiar territory, with nods to everyone from John Taylor to Stravinsky, Steve Reich to Jimmy Giuffre, put together with loads of humour and intelligence. Most importantly, though, it just sounds great!” Liam Noble “…the ingredients of a new supergroup. Hewson’s writing is immaculately crafted and full of clever surprises.” The Oxford Times
For Slightly Peculiar
“The album is a delight – Tom is an assured and sensitive improviser” – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM “There’s no showboating, no outpouring of virtuosity for its own sake….it is beautiful. A fine solo debut from this talented pianist and composer.” Bruce Linsday, allaboutjazz.com