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The Chris Mason-Battley Group

Tom Dennison


Born of a musical family, Tom Denison started out playing electric bass but found his calling when at age 16 he became tall enough to tackle the double bass. While still at high school, Tom was performed with the Steven Barry Trio, a regular working ensemble who devoted each weekend to 'paying their dues' by playing outside local cafes. Since then, he's performed in various jazz groups, including the Alan Broadbent Trio, Mike Nock Quartet, Frank Gibson's Hardbopmobile, and the Roger Manins Quintet. He has established himself as a strong player in the Auckland jazz scene, and is regularly called for sessions and live shows. Following a spell in New York where he worked under the guidance of Larry Grenadier, Matt Penman and Joe Martin, Tom returned to New Zealand to start work on Zoo.

Tom may only be in his early 20s, but the skill level he and the other players display on Zoo is seriously impressive. These relatively young men are all highly educated in the fundamentals of jazz, and every note on this fine debut is steeped in jazz traditions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:46