Few 20 year old saxophonists can boast such a remarkable start to their career in the music industry.
Tom Waters has recorded with music legends such as The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, and Ronnie Wood. He has made a name for himself on the touring circuit playing with bands such as The Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Mick Taylor, Mungo Jerry, Broken Social Scene and Nine Below Zero.
Tom first played at Fest Jazz, alongside his father, Ben, when he was just 10! Between the age of 13 and 16, Tom’s education was unconventionally fulfilled by travelling the world with his dad, the boogie woogie piano ace Ben Waters. This provided him with the opportunity to play with second line bands in Chicago (Southern Comfort Brass Band), pop bands in Canada (Broken Social Scene), join locals to play traditional music in Argentina and Uruguay and to sit with Keito Saito in Tokyo. Tom even had a solo show on Broadway (The Iridium) and, recently, at the famous Ronnie Scot’s Club in London.
Recently nominated for the prestigious “Young Blues Musician of the year” awards in the UK, Tom is an old friend of Fest Jazz and we are delighted to see him doing so well.