Tommy Evans video acceptance speech as relayed at the 2012 Jazz Yorkshire Awards, Dean Clough, Halifax after the announcement of TEO winning 'Big Band of Year'
Here in the one band led by the composer and drummer, Tommy Evans, is a collection of hugely talented musicians, arguably the crême of the north of England’s young crop, and making a name for themselves on the national and international scene with Tommy’s The Green Seagull suite. They are: Si Kaylor, Jamil Sheriff, Dave Kane, Kris Wright, Ruby Wood, Anna Stott, Kari Bleivik, Simon Beddoe – all, incidentally, graduates of Leeds College of Music, and each and all contributing to the creative and innovative scene in Yorkshire.
Tommy Evans’ music has already been recognised when he won the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers (BASCA) 'Jazz Composition' Award in London in November 2011. Here, clearly, is the band of the year - and maybe not just in Yorkshire.