Birmingham’s jazz community will come together tomorrow evening to remember one of their own, and one who went too soon: Tom J Baxter.
Organiser of this charity fundraising gig, Alicia Gardener-Trejo, explains:
“Tom was a bass player at Birmingham Conservatoire who very sadly passed away earlier this year from a rare form of lung cancer; he would have graduated in the summer of 2016.”
So what will be happening tomorrow?
“We’re holding a fundraiser for Cancer Research at COGS bar on Newhall Street. It’s a special edition of Chris Young’s regular Cognitive Jazz Therapy evening at the bar. Tom’s bass tutors from the Conservatoire alongside many of his friends and peers will be performing.”
It’s an impressive line-up: bassist Arnie Somogyi leads a sextet playing music from Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue, and there will be a trio of bassist Mark Hodgson, drummer Andrew Bain and saxophonist Tom Niblock. Fred T Baker will be doing a solo bass set and bassist Ben Muirhead will be playing a selection of Tom’s favourite music alongside many other graduates.
Alicia adds: “There will be a cake sale, raffle, record sale and a sponsored tap dance all in aid of Cancer Research. If you don’t like cake and you’ve got all the records you could possibly want, there’ll be a collection during the night as well.”
- Cognitive Jazz Therapy’s Tom Baxter Fundraiser is at COGS Bar in Newhall Street, Birmingham, from 8pm till the early hours tomorrow, Thursday 17 November. More details are HERE.
- And if you can’t be there – or even if you can – you can still donate to this excellent cause and in memory of Tom. The Just Giving page is HERE.