First Night - The Tom Smith Big Band


Friday November 10

First Night
- The Tom Smith Big Band

EFG London Jazz Festival 2023 - JBGB Events_ Jazz Gigs London

Piano SmithfieldLong Lane, Barbican, London

Following a sensational sold-out concert in Autumn 2022 at Ronnie Scott’s and a further sold-out Spring 2023 concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, we had to invite Tom Smith - a London based 27-year-old, saxophonist, bass clarinet, composer and band leader, to bring his phenomenal big band, for their debut at Piano Smithfield, in this opening night concert in the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Tom Smith was twice finalist of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year programme in 2014 and 2016, and in 2018 won the Peter Whittingham Development Award from Help Musicians UK. He released his debut album ‘Gecko’,in  2020.

Since finishing his degree at the Royal Academy of Music, Tom has performed and toured around the world and has brought his music to prestigious festivals and venues including the BBC PromsLove Supreme Festival, Jazzinec Festival (Czech Republic), and Generations Festival (Switzerland) 

He has recently appeared with the Chris Ingham's REBOP band playing the Cannonball Adderley inspired role in the “Miles in the 50’s” concerts.

Tom brings to this concert his original Big Band compositions and arrangements and whilst drawing on traditional big band voicing, he adds his distinctive and contemporary musical flavours that will make for an enjoyable and unique audience experience 

Here’s the Tom Smith Big Band, making a great sound, rehearsing in “lock down“ conditions

Tom really brought it, he tore the house down’ ‘His original compositions were some of the best we heard all night’– Julian Joseph

‘I was incredibly impressed by his compositions, and also just generally a fantastic energy to his playing’ Gwyneth Herbert


Doors 6.45pm

Music 8pm

Tickets £30 plus £1.50 booking fee

Students £15 plus £1.50 booking fee.  — PLEASE NOTE STUDENT ID MUST BE SHOWN



JBGB Events Present: -

The Best of British Jazz, in the EFG London Jazz Festival, at London’s newest jazz club venue, Piano Smithfield at the Barbican, from Friday November 10th to Saturday November 19th, 2023

London’s newest and much celebrated jazz venue Piano Smithfield, highly rated by audiences, musicians and the media, hosts eleven.

JBGB Events concerts in the 2023 EFG London Jazz Festival, featuring many great U.K. based jazz stars across big bands, large ensembles, quintets, quartets, duos and soloists, including: -

Bruce AdamsAlan BarnesRob BarronElaine Delmar

Gabrielle DucombleNick FitchHarry GreenTom Green

Chris InghamNoel McCallaJamie McCredieDerek Nash

Dave O’HigginsTom Smith and many more.



The Media Love it ……..

Piano Smithfield is a 5-stars venue. I would urge you to visit if you like your jazz in intimate surroundings. It’s cool. Damned cool” – Jeff Prestridge - Daily Mail 

The customers love it …..

"Piano Smithfield is an easy, laid- back atmosphere built for appreciating the music” 

The artists love it …..

 Piano Smithfield is my favourite London jazz venue” — Claire Martin


Close to both Circle Line Barbican  and  Elizabeth Line Farringdon stations, with easy on street and off street car parking, 

Piano Smithfield is a classic basement jazz club, for 70 seated customers with superb sound and lighting, plus excellent cocktails and wonderful pizzas.

In addition to 8pm evening concerts, we are adding four weekend 3.30pm concerts, so customers have time to enjoy lunch elsewhere, or at the many good eateries at Smithfield and the Barbican, and make it an occasion taking in top jazz and all in time to be home for your Saturday and Sunday Evenings

The box office, at has details of all concerts and is open for business.

We look forward to the prospect of your company at Piano Smithfield for the EFG London Jazz Festival.

John Billett

JBGB Events

Other forthcoming events in this series

Hoagy-2!  -The life and music of Hoagy Carmichael
@Piano Smithfield

-The life and music of Hoagy Carmichael


Sat 11th Nov 2023 3.30PM Jazz
Gabrielle Ducomble  - Parisian Jazz & Tango
@Piano Smithfield

Gabrielle Ducomble
- Parisian Jazz & Tango


Sun 12th Nov 2023 3.30PM Jazz
Blowin’ The Blues Away” - with the Alan Barnes Quintet, featuring Bruce Adams
@Piano Smithfield
Mon 13th Nov 2023 8PM Jazz
The Wonder of Stevie  – The Music of Stevie Wonder
@Piano Smithfield
Tue 14th Nov 2023 8PM Jazz
Elaine Delmar’s Jazz Heart
@Piano Smithfield

Elaine Delmar’s Jazz Heart


Wed 15th Nov 2023 8PM Jazz