New release Experiences, (Changes Music CM 113) featuring: Art Hillery-piano & organ, Jeff Littleton-bass and Albert "Tootie" Heath-drums.
Art, Tomas, Tootie, Jeff.
“Humility is a good word for the right approach. My experiences in the jazz community have always shown me that this music is coming from a spiritual approach. That is how you connect, it goes through your heart."
Article about Master Musician , from
Just Jazz Guitar, August 2013:
Considering Tap Dancing p1
About Joe Diorio for Orkesterjournalen (in Swedish).
Möten med en mästare
FUZZ-Scandinavia's biggest guitar magazine writes Oct. 2013:
by Michael Linderoth
"One of the best jazz-guitar tones you'll hear....
One of the best jazz guitar records
from the past year. "
- John Heidt, Vintage Guitar
New Review by Jan Olson at Digjazz.se (in Swedish)
Elegant, formsäker gitarrexport
New Article at Orkesterjournalen.
Tomas Janzon in Duo Format.
(English and Swedish)
Intervju för Orkesterjournalen:
Från Harlem till Söder.
New Review by Lyle Robinson at Jazz Guitar Life:
"Case in point is Janzon’s solo intro to Here’s That Rainy Day as he descends slowly down the fretboard creating a sonic shimmering of dissonant counterpoint before stating the acclaimed melody in octaves.." here
Bill Milkowski at JazzTimes:
original territory ...
with soulful authority."
Read the full review here.
Vintage Guitar, April 2011:
....“Float” is a Janzon original with a spooky, off-kilter feel
where his bop solo fits perfectly. The other original,
“Blue Bee,” has an airy feel that makes it stand out from
the blues and funk. The record closes with a beautiful solo piece,
“En Dejlig Rosa,”which showcases everything about Janzon’s playing
that make this one of the best jazz guitar records from the past year.
- John Heidt, Vintage Guitar. see April 2011 issue.
Jazz Podium, Germany, Nov 2010:
The way in which he develops his pieces is the logical sound of a director and dramatist. ...Tomas brings light and air in the mainstream canon. His caution, his truly impressive and emotional charisma turns every piece into a feast. Guitar jazz has rarely been that beautiful.
-Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, Germany, Nov. 2010.
Jersey Jazz, Jan. 2011
Fradley Garner International Editor
SWEDISH GUITARIST JANZON THRIVES STATESIDE
TOMAS JANZON has lived in America for 18 years, building a reputation as a combo leader and composer on west and east coasts. Last summer, Tomas drove to New York from Los Angeles, where he’d taken a master’s degree in classical guitar at the USC Thornton School of Music and played
many trio gigs at Victor Borge Hall, with the great Ben Dixon on drums.
Some impressions from his cross-country drive are reflected in Janzon’s latest CD, Experiences (Changes Music), “a collection of seven straight-ahead jazz tunes, two originals
and two versions of a Swedish folksong.” With the guitarist are Art Hillery on B3 organ and piano, Jeff Littleton on bass, and the distinguished Albert “Tootie” Heath on drums.
On January 9 the Tomas Janzon Trio, with Corcoran Holt on bass, has
a 9:30–11:30 PM gig at Miles’ Café, 212 East 52nd St., Manhattan.
Jersey Jazz Journal
Dr. Dave Walker: Music Blog + Just Jazz Guitar, Feb. 2011.
"... from the very first minute I knew that Experiences by guitarist Tomas Janzon was something special. This is one of those unique albums that will please ordinary music lovers as well as jazz guitar aficionados. Mr. Janzon’s style ranges from cool to passionate but always melodic and eminently listenable. "
Read the review
Janzon’s warmly soul-tinged lines over Hillery’s staccato chords and Heath’s winking, on-and-off shuffle.
Alan Young, Lucid Culture
Grego Applegates Edwards,
Nov. 18, 2010:
Subtle and Swinging"
Read the blog
Magnus Eriksson at LiRA (in Swedish): ..."ett mjukt anslag, en krispig ton och jag njuter av att dras in i hans melodiska flöde och läckra skalklättringar."
Jim Santella in L.A. Jazz Scene:
With Janzon's velvet-like textures floating as if on water, the quartet's music moves with soul.
L.A. Jazz Scene, Oct 2010
[read the full review - click here]
Selections from EXPERIENCES can now be heard on your local jazz radio station.
TURN ON, TUNE IN ...
Oct. 1, 2010:
Interview with Jon Norton at WGLT, Illinois State University.
Radio campaign with
Kate Smith Promotions:
Tomas Janzon "Experiences":
CMJ Jazz Top 40 Chart: #36, #29, #14!!! Thank you.
Jazz Week Top 50 Album Chart: #46, #44, #39, #34, #32, #19!!! Thank you.
Roots Music Report Top 50 Jazz: #26, #16, #13, #8, #6!!! Thank you.
Sept. - Oct. 2010
Changes Music now has worldwide distribution with Naxos Sweden:
Naxos Sweden AB
703 73 Örebro, Sweden
North Country Distr.
Redwood, NY 13679
Jeff Littleton, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Tomas.
Available on iTunes
and CD Baby!
Or Just Listen Here
November 24, 2015 at 7 pm
Tomas Janzon Trio
featuring Essiet Essiet-bass
see Events page.
Coast to Coast to Coast:
"Just the right progression of themes and tempos, just the right variety of long running times with short, just the right instrumentation for any given tune, hitting, as the CD title metaphorically suggests, all the points of the compass, all the coasts and all the landforms between. It’s a tour designed for listening and savoring."
JazzImprov magazine, Feb. 2008
[read the full review - click here]
"...all are unified by a crispness and intimacy that highlights Janzon’s cool, subtle style."
- Forrest Dylan Bryant,
JazzTimes magazine, March 2007.
[read the full review - click here]
"Janzon turns up the flame of jazz’s modern mainstream
through his latest album of adventurous music."
L.A. Jazz Scene, Jan 2007
"A cooly imaginative kind of Sco-meets-Wes LA-based gutarist gets some sly, witty touches, steady soul-bop grooving originals..."
Jazzwise, UK, August 2007.
"...impress you with their low key precision and clever use of space and tone.....should excite listeners
from coast to coast to coast."
-George Harris, Dec. 2006
All About Jazz LA
"The soft strokes of his guitar melt away while delivering lyrical melodies one moment and creating fire in the heart of his audience the next. At his frequent live appearances, Janzon
captivates everyone and won’t let go."
...at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
"Guitarist Tomas Janzon brought his original spirit to LACMA with splendid results. In three powerful sets, he reflected blues-laden memories of Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt, as well as the fire and complexity found in the work of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Fresh originals and standards such as “Moanin',” “All the Things You Are,” “Here's That Rainy Day,” and “Have You Met Miss Jones” were interpreted with authority. Janzon gave each selection a varied appearance, as his guitar wove intricate melodic patterns through the fabric of familiar song. His fluid lines produced thrilling results and meshed with his musical collaborators effectively."
- Jim Santella
All About Jazz
[read the article - click here]
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"I was blown away. The set was not only an outtasite groove, but it felt like an aspect of the mass communication mechanism as it raises another phenomenal artistic experience to the minds of music lovers on Earth. We like it real & good. In the least, keep me on your e-mail list. " - Dwight Peterson