Highly Accomplished Pianist and Piano Teacher
"He's about half my age, but he's already twice as good as I was at his age... A real talent and a tremendous prospect"
-Daniel Smith, five nominations for UK Best Blues Keyboardist
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Tom Bell is one of the UK's most exciting young talents. Although only in his twenties, he has established a reputation as an outstanding pianist, with an extensive background in both classical and jazz/Blues. His music reflects influences of Gene Harris, Albert Ammons and Oscar Peterson, through to more modern artists such Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. Tom delivers a thundering, foot stomping boogie woogie, fused with authentic Ramsey Lewis style jazz/blues grooves. Tom's intense and creative approach to music is demonstrated in his ability to produce inspired works across the whole of the Jazz/Blues spectrum. Whether performing an old classic or some of his excellent original material, he brings a uniquely fresh interpretation to this musical genre, setting him apart as an absolute killer act and an exceptional performer.
Based in Leicestershire, Tom is also a piano teacher. He runs individual piano lessons from his home in Loughborough on a weekly basis and also teaches at an number of schools in the East Midlands. He teaches classical, jazz, blues, boogie and pop music to a wide variety of students of all ages and abilities. He is patient and friendly in his approach, whilst ensuring his pupils maintain a positive work ethic and are motivated to achieve their goals.
Tom grew up in Southwell, Nottinghamshire and began playing the piano at the age of 7. At 13, he took up lessons with Simon Freeman who went on to introduce him to the music of Jools Holland and The Daniel Smith Blues Band. Tom began to develop a keen interest in this type of music and went away and learnt the tracks from their CDs by ear. A promising teenager, Tom's rare musical ability was recognised by Daniel Smith, himself, to the extent where he was invited to perform a support act during one of his concerts. He has gone on to play duets with Daniel on several other occassions.