Dr Tom Sykes
LECTURER IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE
I studied for my undergraduate degree at Leeds College of Music on the jazz course, for which my First Study was violin and Second Study piano. I have an MA from the Open University and a PhD from the University of Salford. During my doctoral studies I was a member of Rhythm Changes, a HERA-funded European research project investigating jazz and cultural identity.
I am experienced in HE teaching, previously leading the HE Music provision at the City of Liverpool College and being a visiting lecturer at various universities including Salford and Edge Hill.
I perform professionally around the North West, across a range of styles but specialising mainly in jazz and classical music with my own and other musiciansâ€™ ensembles, and as leader of St Helens Sinfonietta.
Jazz and Popular Music Studies
Popular Music Dissertation Supervision
Level C Lead for Music
Piano and arrangements, CD album The Mill Sessions (Trio Nay). Trio Nay is a jazz trio featuring Naomi Webber, voice, Tom Sykes, piano and Lee Webber, bass. 2018
â€˜El Barranco FrancÃ©sâ€™ arranged for Mindset Ensemble, 2016. This was rearranged for Jazz Flute Big Band and performed at EFG London Jazz Festival, November 2016.
Piano and arrangements, CD album Trio Nay & Friends (Trio Nay). 2016.
Jazz compositions â€˜Festival Sambaâ€™ and â€˜Hereâ€™s Hopingâ€¦â€™ published in the Real Book North West. Astute Music Ltd. (Originally published in 2007).
â€˜Grappling with Grappelli: Contemporary jazz violin pedagogy and the legacy of gypsy jazzâ€™, Jazz Research Journal 13.1-2, pp.151-177. Co-authored with Ari Poutiainen, 2019.
â€˜Dissent, Resistance, and Music of Social Protestâ€™. In The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, Janet Sturman (ed.), pp. 743-744, Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2019.
â€˜Censorshipâ€™. In The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, Janet Sturman (ed.), pp. 484-485, Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2018.
â€˜Music outside? Innovation and â€œBritishnessâ€� in British jazz, 1960-1980â€™. European Journal of Musicology. 16/1, pp. 178-190, 2018.
â€˜Making scenes: Social media and new conceptions of jazz communitiesâ€™. In New Jazz Conceptions: History, Theory, Practice, Roger Fagge and Nicolas Pillai (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 36-62, 2017.