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Tom Sochas

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Tom is looking for work playing jazz piano in London. Plenty of experience and a good attitude! :)

Tom is a Franco-American Pianist born and raised in Paris, France. He moved to the UK in 2008 to study Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. This was a great place to collaborate and create with like minded musicians and artists, allowing him to perform and compose in classical, jazz and blues genres. University also provided a comfortable environment for learning to score both films and theatre. His passion for Jazz, however, only truly blossomed after University when he moved to London and began to study the rudiments, first on his own, and then privately with award winning pianist Tom Cawley. It's around this time that he began to also compose for quartet and brainchild : Phoenician Blinds. This contemporary jazz quartet has kept very busy and released two albums, gone on several UK tours and recently been nominated for an UMA Award for Best Jazz Act 2018. Having studied Jazz piano for a few years, Tom developed a true love for the art and currently plays Jazz and Latin standards, both on his own and as part of larger outfits, around London and the UK, for both public and private events. Today he focuses in equal parts on playing with his own original quartet, Phoenician Blinds, playing Jazz and Latin standards for private events, but also composes for film and theatre. His most recent collaboration was with physical-theatre dramaturge and actor Maite Jauregui. Tom was asked to write five pieces of instrumental music to accompany the one-woman piece.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing
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Instruments:
Piano, Composer
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist
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Song list

Ain't Misbehavin'
Stella by Starlight
On the Sunny Side of The Street
Four
On Green Dolphin Street
The Attic
Misty
Flight
Dolphin Dance
Take the A train
All of You
All The Things You Are
Rhododendron
Blue Bossa
Blue in Green
Bluesette
Lily
Cherokee
In a Sentimental Mood
Footprints
Cantaloupe Island
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
Nardis
Guenevere
My Favorite Things
Blackbird
Have you met Miss Jones
Autumn Leaves
Lady Bird

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Linda B, 7 months ago

Linda and her party were very happy with the Tom Sochas band and will definitely as will I consider them for future bookings.

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Ellie M, 9 months ago

Wonderful to have Tom play for my birthday party. Great playing and super to work with. Was also really flexible and went along with my slightly unorganised event.... Would work with him again anytime!

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Michael R, 10 months ago

Tom consistently turns out exquisite performances of a broad repertoire and creates the perfect ambience. It was a pleasure to have him as one of our resident pianists.

Chris

A lovely evening of jazz played by Tom at Knidos. A talented player with a good ear for creating a fitting atmosphere at every moment!

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