Tom Olsen

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A sophisticated, energetic and award winning saxophonist giving smart and polished performances
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Tom Olsen is an award winning and adaptable saxophonist, arranger, clarinet player and composer based in London playing jazz, blues, samba, pop and classical music. He is influenced by musicians such as Bill Charlap, Oscar Peterson, Donny McCaslin, Sonny Stitt and Paquito D'Rivera. His jazz playing is heavily swinging, influenced by Basie and the wailing blues of Oliver Nelson and his ballads move audiences. He was the winner of the Jon Hassal prize for Jazz at Trinity where his teachers included Jean Toussaint of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Tom also came second in Wales in the Under 19s Composition Competition in the Urdd Eisteddfod. He has performed with the Vic and Dougie Six in the Houses of Parliament as part of Pride at Night which marked fifty years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act and has performed at Ronnie Scott's with Trinity. He has just finished at Trinity jazz department which produces some of the finest jazz musicians in Europe including Mercury Award nominated Laura Jurd, Jazz FM award winning Ezra Collective, Sam Smith's piano player and members of Kansas Smitty's house band. ‘I’m completely bowled over by your playing’ Mike Williams ‘Burning’ Martin Speake.

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Tom's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Barbara A
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Would highly recommend Tom. What a fantastic night we had. His performance is 10/10 Was really good at reading the room. Worked with me on providing the perfect set list for the party mingled with my guests and was punctual. I’ll happily work with him again on my next event/party. Thanks a lot Tom for making the evening memorable.

Reply from Tom
6 months ago

Thanks so much for your kind review! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your party! Tom Olsen

Rachelle Y
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Tom was great .he made the early part of the evening very enjoyable

Reply from Tom
7 months ago

Thank you, I'm glad you all enjoyed, and hope the rest of the party was fun too! Tom

Shami B
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Tom was a real delight to have at my birthday event. He was professional, friendly and super accommodating! He understood exactly what I wanted and created a wonderful vibe on the night! I would highly recommend Tom! Thank you!

Angela N
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Tom's saxophone performance at my nan's 70th birthday dinner was an absolute highlight of the evening. His musical talent and artistry added an unforgettable dimension to the celebration. The melodies that flowed from his saxophone were not only captivating but also deeply moving. Tom's ability to evoke emotion through his music created an ambiance that was both elegant and heartfelt. What truly impressed me was Tom's versatility. He seamlessly transitioned from upbeat tunes that got everyone tapping their feet to soulful melodies that brought a sense of nostalgia to the occasion. Moreover, Tom's warm and personable nature made him a pleasure to work with. He was attentive to our preferences and incorporated our requests into his performance, making the evening feel truly personalized. I cannot thank Tom enough for contributing to the success of my nan's special day. His presence and performance left an indelible mark on all of us. If you're looking to elevate your event with a touch of musical brilliance, Tom is undoubtedly the artist to choose.

Reply from Tom
10 months ago

You're very welcome! Thanks for taking the time for such a detailed review, it was great to be a part of your Nan's special day, Warm wishes, Tom

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Leon M
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in 14 Deptford Broadway
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5 out of 5

Tom and Fuego Blue have played already a few times at BA.RN and as always the enthusiasm and great atmosphere takes over the place and customers have an excellent evening of great jazz. The versatility and range of the trio is clear and each musician shines at their own master skill. Don't be fooled by the young looks, these guys know their jazz.

Stephen P
5 years ago, for a Concert in Bermondsey St
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5 out of 5

Tom Olsen is a young bright versatile musician. Tom plays saxophone in various ensembles around London in addition to performing with his own band. He is admired and respected by fellow musicians and those who have the pleasure of working alongside him. His writing talents also include creating impressive compositions. Stephen Pierre Creative Director Unity Music Arts Trust

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Tom's Song list

Christmas songs:
All I Want For Christmas- Mariah Carey
Last Christmas- Wham
Pop (Including Music from the 80s )
A Broken Heart can Mend- Alexander O'Neal
Ain't Nobody- Chaka Khan
Ain't No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye
All Night Long- Lionel Richie
Always On My Mind-Pet Shop Boys
American Boy- Estelle
A Night to Remember- Shalamar
Blame it on the Boogie- The Jacksons
Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
Boogie Wonderland- Earth, Wind and Fire
Can't Take My Eyes Off You (I Love You Baby) - Frankie Valli
Celebration- Kool & The Gang
Crazy in Love- Beyonce
Dancing Queen- ABBA
Easy Lover- Phil Collins
Everybody Dance- CHIC
Everything I Do (I Do it for You)- Brandy
Forget You- Cee Lo Green
Freedom- Wham
Get Lucky- Daft Punk
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ABBA
Happy- Pharrell Williams
Hey Ya- Outkast
Fields of Gold- Sting
I Feel Good- James Brown
If You Don't Know Me By Now- Simply Red
I'm Every Woman- Chaka Khan
In the Stone- Earth, Wind and Fire
It's Raining Men- The Weather Girls
I Want to Hold Your Hand- The Beatles
I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston
I Want You Back- Jackson 5
If I Ain't Got You- Alicia Keys
Jump (For My Love)- the Pointer Sisters
Kids in America- Kim Wilde
Le Freak- CHIC
Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars
Love on Top- Beyonce
Lovely Day- Bill Withers
Macarena- Los Del Rio
Man in the Mirror- Michael Jackson
Mamma Mia- ABBA
Marry You- Bruno Mars
Moondance- Van Morison
Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5
Never Too Much- Luther Vandross
Ordinary World- Duran Duran
Play That Funky Music- Wild Cherry
P.Y.T.- Michael Jackson
Proud Mary- Ike & Tina Turner
Rather Be- Clean Bandit
Relight My Fire- Take That
Rock Around the Clock- Bill Haley & His Comets
Save a Prayer- Duran Duran
September- Earth, Wind and Fire
Shut Up and Dance- Walk the Moon
Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
Single Ladies- Beyonce
Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder
Stand By Me- Ben E. King
Stayin' Alive- Bee Gees
Superstition- Stevie Wonder
Super Trouper- ABBA
Sweet Child 'o Mine
Three Little Birds- Bob Marley & The Wailers
Treasure- Bruno Mars
Thinking Out Loud
Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars
Uptown Girl- Billy Joel
Valerie- Amy Winehouse
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher- Jackie Wilson
You Spin Me Right Round- Dead or Alive
Dreamer- Livin' Joy
Music Sounds Better with You- Stardust
Sing It Back- Moloko- Boris Dlugosch Remix
When Love Takes Over- David Guetta
You Don't Even Know Me- Armand Van Helden
My Life Belongs to You- Israel & New Breed
Trading My Sorrows- Israel & New Breed
Joyful, Joyful- Sister Act
Oh Happy Day- Traditional
Kingston Town- UB40
A Message To You Rudy- The Specials
Three Little Birds- Bob Marley and the Wailers
Afro Beat:
Baby Hello- Wande Coal
Johnny- Yemi Alade
Karolina- Awolina Longomba
Kilometre- Burna Boy
Omo Olgo- Lil Frosh, Zinoleesky
Slow Down- Juls feat Agent Sasco
Soweto Blues- Juls
Totori- Olamide, Wizkid, Id Cabasa
Wata- Juls
How High the Moon
I Hear a Rhapsody
I Love You
I'll Remember April
In a Mellow Tone
Night and Day
Out of Nowhere
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Star Eyes
This Love of Mine
Exactly Like You
Bourbon Street Parade
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to
Like Someone in Love
Without a Song
What is This Thing Called Love
Wayne Shorter:
Witch Hunt
Speak No Evil
El Gaucho
Thelonious Monk:
Round Midnight
Ruby My Dear
Think of One
Ask Me Now
Old Standards:
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Mood Indigo
Down for Double
Speak Low
The Best Thing for You
Tiger Rag
I've Found a New Baby
Gypsy Jazz:
Minor Swing
For Sephora
Charlie Parker:
Scrapple from the Apple
Blue Bossa
Amor em Paz
Jazz Ally- Gerardo Frisina
One Note Samba
Solo- Nicola Conte
The Girl from Ipanema

Tom's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£25
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£350


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Customer questions

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, I offer an iPod service for free and am known for very good taste creating a real atmosphere in the venue

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually start setting up around 1 hour before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up, I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for my live performance!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

My setlist is crafted to make the event sound as good as I possibly can! However, you can pick up to two songs from my list, or one song from my list and one not from my list- just make sure to give me plenty of notice- thanks!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I'm more than happy to! I bring my instrument, and I'm able to bring a microphone if there's a DJ already, and in addition, I can bring a PA if needed.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, of course! I'm happy to learn one new song that's not on my list if you give me plenty of notice!
Jazz, Blues, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Pop, Covers, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Disco, Ambient pop, Acoustic, R&B, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll, House, Garage
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