If you came down to Alexander’s Gin & Jazz night last month, I’m sure you’ll agree it was one of the best yet! It was a balmy summer evening, Gin Cocktails were enjoyed out on the Terrace and Tom Seals made his debut on the Alexander’s stage to a wonderfully enthusiastic audience.
If you missed it, don’t worry, Tom is bringing boogie-woogie back to Alexander’s on the first Tuesday of every month- with his next live performance on Tuesday 4 September.
Catch Tom’s bluesy jazz stylings whilst our skilled bartenders serve up a selection of superb gins and gin cocktails- the perfect weekday treat! Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, we have ‘Gin Flights’ available for £10, featuring 5 x 10ml tasters of some of our most delicious and unique gins, with a bottle of Fever-Tree Indian tonic to be added to suit.
Tom Seals is one of the UK’s finest boogie-woogie blues piano vocalists and has worked with some huge stars in the industry, so we caught up with him to find out a bit more about his amazing career so far.
What would you say has been your career highlight so far?
That’s a tough one! I’ve been very fortunate to have played with some of my heroes. From appearing on a show called, ‘Gregory Porter & Friends’, to jamming with Jamie Cullum, to sitting alongside Jools Holland. It’s been a crazy few years!
You’ve named a few of the incredible high profile musicians you’ve worked with so far- have they ever given you any great career tips and if so, what were they?
Sir Paul McCartney talks fondly about the ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ theory. The theory that if you write a song today and can remember it tomorrow, then it can’t be too bad!
I bumped into Hugh Laurie when I played with Jools recently and he was insistent on always following what ‘Tom’ wants. Don’t change for anyone, do what ‘Tom’ wants and I’ll deliver it with real heart and passion.
Do you come from a musical family?
Yes! My Dad’s Dad played professionally. So I was brought up with Big Band and Swing – all the Glenn Miller stuff. Music is a big part of our family, it’s a very communal thing and driving around in the car with my Nan, singing our hearts out, is when I’m happiest.
At what age did you start learning the piano and what drew you to that instrument?
I started at 4/5. True story- I remember being told “there’s some good news and there’s some bad news… Bad news- the cat has died. Good news- we’ve bought you a piano!!”
You’re currently gigging across the country and Europe- is there a particular place or venue that has stood out for you?
I’ve been so lucky to travel the world with my music. Birdland in New York City and Hong Kong Jazz Festival have been very special for me. Although, I’d have to say playing Montreux Jazz Festival is top of that list for me.
When you’re on the road, what’s your go-to favourite meal out?
Anything spicy and vegetarian. Wagamama’s/Curry/Mexican…
And as for the Gin to go with the Jazz… do you have a favourite tipple?
Funnily enough, I’ve recently got into gin. I always thought I didn’t like gin. Turns out… I just didn’t like tonic!
I’m not a beer fan, but a decent white wine or Disaronno suits me just fine!
If you could perform at an Alexander’s Gin & Jazz night with any other artist, who would it be?
I have some incredibly talented friends who I’m looking forward to bringing to Alexander’s.
Just wait until I bring Sam Healey. Sam is, in my opinion, the best saxophonist in the country. I’m lucky enough to call him one of my best friends too! Most of my favourite moments on stage have been with Sam.
Find out what all the fuss is about- Tom Seals at Alexander’s Gin & Jazz on Tuesday 4 September, from 7pm.
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