"...a very gifted composer, and one of those who dares to challenge the genres he writes in, which results in original and surprising music . . . . his strongest side is perhaps his urge to go in a different direction than the mainstream and have guts, skills and ability to make new music without being retrospective."

Helge Sunde (Norway) - Composer, Arranger, Conductor.‘Ensemble Denada’ (ACT Music, Ozella Music), ‘SWR Big Band’ (ECM)

". . an auspicious debut from a composer that I for one am keen to hear more from"

UK Vibe 5/5

‘Tom’s music is a fresh and most welcome breeze on the European big band scene.’

Geir Lysne (Norway) - Jazz Musician, Composer, Arranger and Chief Conductor of NDR Big Band

‘. . .an original and interesting voice as a composer, using a variety of rhythmic patterns and grooves not often found in jazz . . .he has the ability to construct logical and developmental large-scale forms in the style, and use instruments in an idiomatic but fresh way within the ensemble.’

Mark Armstrong (UK) - Jazz Musician, Composer, Arranger, Professor, Director of The National Youth Jazz Orchestra

‘inventive, complex but accessible piece full of changes of rhythm and mood’

Judging panel for the Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger of the Year Award,
on ‘Mystery Dog’:Mark Armstrong, Jason Yarde, Kate Williams, Pete Hurt

"A live album for all the right reasons – capturing the mutual electricity between orchestra and audience, with great attention to the recorded audio..."



Tom Haines & The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra (Live)... the debut album by multi-award-winning UK Jazz composer, Tom Haines. The original and innovative music, all composed, arranged and conducted by Haines, was recorded live at a concert in celebration of 30 years of Stratford Jazz. The concert saw the UK Premiere of: 'Yitzoid', 'Strange Utopia' and 'Whistleblower', and featured Haines' award-winning works:

Duvel Jazz Award and Bose 'Audience Award' at The Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Contest, 2013

Mystery Dog (Mr E. Dog)
The Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger of the Year Award, 2014

28th Barga Jazz Festival concorso per Orchestra Jazz composizioni originali


Click image above for performance of 'Strange Utopia' feat. Rosie Harris

Featuring some the UK's finest emerging jazz players:

Solos by: Chris Young (alto sax), Sean Gibbs (trumpet), Elliot Drew (soprano sax), Alicia Gardener-Trejo (baritone sax) Kieran McLeod (trombone), Ben Lee (guitar), Mike Adlington (flugelhorn), John Fleming (tenor sax), David Ferris (piano), Vittorio Mura (tenor sax), Jonathan Silk (drums). With vocalist Rosie Harris ('Strange Utopia'- lyrics from 'The Book of the Serpent' by Danish poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen).


Tom Haines
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