Guitarist Tom Ollendorff has been fast building a reputation as an outstanding improviser and imaginative composer. His debut album A Song For You (Fresh Sound Records) is an elegantly accomplished mix of gracefully grooving songlike themes, warmly conversational improvising, baroque-like unaccompanied etudes, and headlong fast-bop swing.
Ollendorff’s sensitivity to space and nuance, and the expressive economy of his phrasing sometimes recalls the work of the legendarily graceful Jim Hall
Tom Ollendorff’s A Song for You offer two traditional but very classy angles on the jazz guitarist’s art in a bass and drums trio – cool, bluesy and grooving in Lage’s version, chamber-musical and song-devoted in Ollendorff’s." (The Guardian)
Fronting a trio for his debut album A Song For You, his mellow but switched on sound, redolent of the late great Jim Hall, is just perfect for reactivating the aural taste buds. 4 stars (BBC Music Magazine)
Tom Ollendorff is one of the world's finest guitarists. His music is complex, yet rooted in melody and feeling. (Gilad Hekselman)
Since moving to London in 2016 guitarist Tom Ollendorff has fast been establishing himself as one of the most exciting young jazz musicians in the UK.
Known for his original sound and versatility as a guitarist and composer, he has performed internationally across Europe and Asia and has worked with artists including Ari Hoenig, Bill McHenry, Jeff Williams, Geoff Simkins, Huw Warren. Notable performances including Ronnie Scott's, Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury Extravaganza, London Jazz Festival and One Day Jazz Festival.
A Song For You, Tom's debut record, was released internationally on Fresh Sound Records in May 2021. It presents a selection of his compositions and arrangements with his longstanding trio featuring Marc Michel on the drums and Conor Chaplin on bass.
As well as his work with his trio, Tom's first collection of pieces for solo guitar is due to be released in 2021. The 'Tom Ollendorff Etude Series' showcases Tom's versatility as a guitarist and highlights the classical influence in his technique and composition style.
As an educator Tom teaches privately and is on the guitar faculty at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.