Tom is a freelance trombonist based in London UK.

He grew up in Norwich where he was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and went to Norwich School before leaving to study Jazz Trombone at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. There he was taught by Ashley Horton, Jeremy Price, Pete Beachill, Purcy Pursglove, Hans Koller and Mike Williams. 

After his studies, Tom moved to London in 2013. He is now a well established freelance player, holds the lead trombone chair in the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, is a member of the London Jazz Orchestra, and has recently finished a two year run on the the West End Musical Dream Girls. He is also a member of the Louis Dowdeswell Big Band.

Tom has also performed/recorded with Level 42, the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, the BBC Big Band, The BBC Concert Orchestra, NYJO, MYJO, The Jean Toussaint Sextet, The Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Jacob Garchik, the Dave O’Higgins Big Band, James Tormé, Ant and Dec, Bruce Forsyth, Robbie Williams, Jess Glynne, Alfie Boe, Micheal Ball, and many more.


In addition to his freelance activities, Tom has put together other projects such as the Tom Dunnett Sextet. Tom writes original music, drawing from a wide range of influences.


The Tom Dunnett Sextet is a newly formed ensemble featuring exciting young talent playing original music. 

The three front line of Trombone, Tenor and Trumpet provide a great platform for composition drawing on influences that embrace the likes of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Chris Potter.


Trombone / Tom Dunnett

Trumpet / James Copus

Tenor Sax / Chris Maddock

Keys / Chris Eldred

Bass / Joe Downard

Drums / Will Glaser


Photos By Kevin Wedrychowski and Cris Rose, www.paperhills.co.uk


Tom Dunnett Sextet

Some recent tracks from the Tom Dunnett Sextet

Recorded and mixed by Chris Traves

Other original projects


Chorale Experiment No.2 was recorded in Tom’s bedroom and mixes some original writing with improvisation.

Below: Seven 4-part experiments written by Tom, performed by James Copus, Simon Minshall, Chris Maddock, Tom Dunnett, recorded at Westminster Chapel



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Tom dunnett sextet

07/03/2019 - Tom Dunnett Sextet - Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham

10/04/2019 - Tom Dunnett Sextet - Kansas Smitty', 63-65 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, £8

14/05/2019 - Tom Dunnett Sextet - Norwich Jazz Club, details TBC

28/09/2019 - Tom Dunnett Sextet - Herts Jazz Festival, details TBC


London jazz orchestra

25/11/2018 - LJO - Vortex Jazz Club 3:30pm


syd lawrence orchestra

07/07/2019 - SLO - South Lodge Hotel and Spa, Horsham, 4pm

16/07/2019 - SLO - FFWRNES MAIN HOUSE, Llanelli

02/09/2019 - SLO - Potters, Hopton, Norfolk

11/09/2019 - SLO - The Garrick, Lichfield

13/09/2019 - SLO - Auden Theatre, Cromer

14/09/2019 - SLO - Arts Theatre, Radlett

20/09/2019 - SLO - Mill Rythe, Hayling Island

22/09/2019 - SLO - Sonning Mill, Sonning