Tom Colclough is one of the busiest and most gifted professional musicians on the Canadian west coast. Heading Home, which Tom produced and independently released, features 14 of his original compositions. Several of the tracks, including his Canadian hit Wonderland, are receiving regular airplay on smooth jazz radio stations. Tom and Heading Home were recognized with two nominations in the first-ever Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards in 2005. In one category, Best Album of the Year, the field of eight includes formidable fellow-British Columbian Diana Krall. It is not the first time Tom and Diana have faced off against each other. In 1986, in a different kind of jazz contest, Tom prevailed over Diana but was impressed by her stage presence and knew she was headed for stardom. The second smooth jazz category for which Tom was nominated is best wind instrumentalist, for his work on saxophone, clarinet and flute. Ironically, the four other contenders include trumpet and flute player Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, on whose albums Tom occasionally appears as a song writer and sideman, playing alto sax. Tom and Gabriel have been buddies for years. Tom is adaptable. In 2004 one of his musical performance highlights was with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. Tom won rave reviews as he played the Swing tunes of legends like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. 'Colclough's clear clarinet swings out,' said the headline of the Winnipeg Free Press review. Swing music has been a favorite for Tom ever since he toured North America in the big band revue Forever Swing a few years ago. Among others, the production featured Michael Buble shortly before David Foster discovered Buble and made him famous. More recently, Tom played on stage with Michael during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Over the years, Tom has been called in for recording sessions or performances featuring many great talents, from Aerosmith to Julio Iglesias. He has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has accompanied Celine Dion, Anne Murray, and a number of other Canadian stars. He has played in the orchestra pit for virtually every Andrew Lloyd Weber musical to reach Vancouver. Tom has won two Canadian West Coast Music Awards for his distinctive saxophone playing. On alto sax, tenor sax and keyboards, Tom was for years a regular member of a Canadian sessions band that music producer David Foster often used for live performances, including a show at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Not coincidentally, some of the Canadian sessions players that David Foster liked to use were also members of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, a six-man jazz fusion band Tom put together in the 1980s. Among the talented group of players was pianist Michael Creber, who often toured with K.D. Lang, and bass guitarist Norm Fisher, who still tours with Brian Adams. It was in a CBC Radio jazz competition, leading Mr. Toad, that Tom first competed against Diana Krall. At the time she headed a trio that bore her name. Both Tom and Diana were young in their careers and both performed brilliantly. It was a close race. Mr. Toad, playing mostly original fusion compositions by Tom, was judged the winner. Some of the songs that won over the judges are now available on Heading Home. Please listen to the Heading Home excerpts available on this web site. If you like smooth jazz, you will love Tom Colclough's music.
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