Tom has been playing the bass professionally since the early 90's. He is renowned for being a solid, reliable grooving bassist, versatile in many genres and situations. 

He has been heard on stages laying down the bottom line grooves for many famous Swedish artists such as Carola, Jojje Wadenius, Janne Shaffer, Sanna Nielsen, Alcazar, Jennifer Brown, Anders Widmark, Claes Jansson, Mats Ronander, Måns Zelmerlöw, Frida Öhrn, Cotton Club, Afrodite and many more.

 

After an artistic graduation from The Royal College Of Music in Stockholm he soon became the bassist in the amazing, late jazz/fusion guitar player Jan Tolf's Funk@teers band, where he met and also played in several constellations with the late great saxophone player David Wilczewski.

 

In the late 90's Tom became a steady member of the afrobeat band Oyindu, playing Nigerian Fela Kuti style basslines with strong funky flavours. They ended up releasing the "Unification" album and playing on many festivals and clubs before the band went separate ways. After that he took the bassist role in Sweden's, at that time only professional Rai orchestra, Hada Raina, playing Algerian rhythms mixed with reggae, funk and high-life, until they too eventually dissolved. Other members of that band was legendary guitar player ZilverZurf from Dag Vag and horn player Klas Jervfors Turner, who just recently finished recording his second instrumental album, with Tom on bass.

Tom is not only behind other's bands, but from time to time, he steps in as the  producer and musical director for the music collective

"The Roots Of Funk" who have had numerous appreciated performances at well known Jazzclub Fasching in Stockholm and also at Sandviken Bangen Jazz & Blues Festival. He gathers some of Sweden's finest musicians and presents a musical journey of funk music through the 70's and 80's.

Another of his highly acclaimed projects is "The Herbie Hancock Headhunters Experience" concert series, intended as a unique homage to one of the funkiest jazz groups ever.

Adam Forkelid, one of Sweden's  absolutely best young jazz piano players took on the part as Herbie with elegance and flawless perfection. There were a few different all star line-ups through the years, the late Dave Wilczevski was followed by rising jazz star Klas Toresson on saxophones. Eminent session drummers like André Ferrari, Pelle Claesson and Robert Ikiz have all been part of the collective, as well as highly  experienced  player Mats Persson on percussion. Talented guitarists such as Andy Pfeiler, Lars Bjurhäll, Joel Sahlin and many more of Stockholm's great musicians have contributed.

"My common ingredient in The Roots Of Funk projects besides the fine musicians and great material to play, is the high attention to details. It's almost an obsession of mine to  try to reproduce the funkiness, not only of the songs but the funkiness of the actual sound on the original recordings - and recreate it live. It is a challenge and special feeling when you nail it. An experience of time travel."

Sly (part 2)Herbie Hancock Headhunter's Experience!
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Band:

me on Electric/Synth-bass

André Ferrari - Drums

Sebastian Printz - Percussion

Joel Sahlin - Guitar

Adam Forkelid - Fender Rhodes/Synths

Klas Toresson - Saxophones

Band:

me on Fender Jazz Bass

Robert Ikiz - Drums

Mats Persson - Percussion

Lars Bjurhäll - Guitar

Adam Forkelid - Fender Rhodes/Synths

Klas Toresson - Saxophones

Same line-up as "Chameleon" above...

Band:

me on Fender '78 P Bass

Pelle Claesson - Drums

Mats Persson - Percussion

Andy Pfeiller - Guitar

Adam Forkelid - Rhodes (solo)

Kettil MEdelius - Keys

David Wilczevski - Soprano Saxx

Andreas Andersson - Alto Sax

Staffan Findin - Trombone

Band:

me on Synthesizer Bass

Andreas "Suedi" Henriksson - Drums

Stella Thors Berefeldt - Percussion

Joel Sahlin - Guitar & Vocals

Stefan Jernståhl - Talkbox solo

Mats Byström - Keys

Anna Sahlene - Vocal adds

Band:

me on Fender '78 P Bass

Andreas "Suedi" Henriksson - Drums

Maria Olsson - Percussion

Joel Sahlin - Guitar & Vocals

Andreas Aleman - Keys & Vocals

Carl Flemsten - Keys

Elin "EllyEve" Svensson - Lead Vocals

Jonas Holmberg - Lead Vocals

In 2008 Tom was invited to soul/funk singer, composer Andreas Alemans Band during the release of his first album "This Is Life". Since then he has been a steady member of his prominent 9 piece band with some of the finest musicians in Sweden.

Tom was also heard on bass on many of the recordings of Andreas' following albums: "It's The Journey" (2012) and "Home For Christmas" (2014), where legendary session vocalist Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan etc) featured in the duet "Celebrate The Season".

Tom also featured as co/writer on the song "Somehow I Found Home" (2016).

 

"Playing with Andreas is one of the most enjoyable things I can imagine, I love his songs and his voice is so touching...and above all his band is totally freakin' awesome!"

"Through the years I have had the privilege to be part of many great productions and shows but when I got called in to sub on bass in late 2016, with the nr 1 Disco group in Sweden, Alcazar's show "Disco Defenders" at club Hamburger Börs in Stockholm - I was really exited. It was an honour to be part of this supertight amazing band and an extravaganza show beyond what I have ever encountered"

"Another breathtaking adventure in my life as a bassplayer is being part of the Swedish ABBA tribute band "The Visitors" (previously named "Waterloo"). I have been a member for over 20 years now and the ABBA song treasure turned me inte a world wide touring musician. Since the beginning we have toured most European countries, all the way to the Kreml in Russia, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan. 

 

One of my most memorable gigs must have been when we were part of a sold out show in London's famous Royal Albert Hall in 2007.

I also had the privilege to do extensive touring in the USA over 20 times, starting back in 2002 with the american  21st Century Artists Inc. - production called "The Concert - A Tribute To ABBA".

We have so far performed in over 25 states and have regularly sold out venues like "The Wolf Trap" outside D.C., "The Filmore" Miami Beach", "The Melody Tent" Cape Cod and not to forget the two times I performed in front of 15.000 people at the "Hollywood Bowl" arena in Los Angeles..and in the front row, I saw Dave Grohl from Foo Fighter's digging along!

The concept is crystal clear, sound-alikes and look-alikes! Our ambition is to give the audience "the best ABBA..since ABBA".

We truly honour the songs and the bands unique sound and try to reproduce it live on stage. We pay utmost attention to details, musically and costume wise, to bring the audience an experience they will not forget. And they keep coming back..."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Due to the corona situation my life as a performer is literally on hold and I have no idea, as the rest of the world's musicians, when we will be able to get back to do what we do for a living, perform.

 

Let us all hope this will pass too...and soon."

"I've appeared on swedish state television (SVT) several times during the years. The left video shows one of my first "big" moments sharing the stage with maybe Sweden's most famous singer Carola in the popular TV show "Bingolotto" in 2001. The other video is from the same TV show but 18 years later in 2019 with the entertainment orchestra Cotton Club with guest singer Kayo!"

Here is some video footage from one of our shows on the US summer tour in 2019

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