Tom MacNiven is a professional trumpet player based in Glasgow. He began playing the trumpet at the age 8 with the 118th Glasgow Boy’s Brigade then went on to study at the prestigious Douglas Academy Music School. Tom’s early career focused around Jazz and Funk pick up gigs in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as performing extensively with the Fred Quimby Quartet, Tempus Fugit and Brass Street ensembles. He then went on to form his own Quintet, playing at many Jazz Festivals and enjoying a long standing residency in the famous “McChuill’s Bar” in Glasgow.
In 1996, Tom gained a seat in the trumpet section of the newly formed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith and has become one of the longest standing members of the SNJO, performing with such international musicians as Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Ingrid Jensen, Geoffrey Keezer, Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Watson, Ken Peplowski, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Pete King and Guy Barker, and Maria Schneider amongst many others.
As a member of David Patrick’s International Jazz Octet, Tom participated in a short residency at Lyth at the end of May 2014.