Jazz Guitar/Classical Guitar/Composer


New release Experiences, (Changes Music CM 113) featuring: Art Hillery-piano & organ, Jeff Littleton-bass and Albert "Tootie" Heath-drums.

Art, Tomas, Tootie, Jeff.

“Humility is a good word for the right approach. My experiences in the jazz community have always shown me that this music is coming from a spiritual approach. That is how you connect, it goes through your heart."

Interview for
Jazz Inside New York magazine.

Article about Master Musician Joe Diorio, from
Just Jazz Guitar

Considering Tap Dancing p1

About Joe Diorio for Orkesterjournalen (in Swedish).

Möten med en mästare
sid 2

FUZZ-Scandinavia's biggest guitar magazine writes

by Michael Linderoth

"One of the best jazz-guitar tones you'll hear....

One of the best jazz guitar records
from the past year. "

- John Heidt, Vintage Guitar

New Review by Jan Olson at Digjazz.se (in Swedish)
Elegant, formsäker gitarrexport

New Article at Orkesterjournalen,
Duo with Juini Booth .
Tomas Janzon in Duo Format.
(English and Swedish)

Intervju för Orkesterjournalen:
Från Harlem till Söder.
(In Swedish)

New Review by Lyle Robinson at Jazz Guitar Life:

"Case in point is Janzon’s solo intro to Here’s That Rainy Day as he descends slowly down the fretboard creating a sonic shimmering of dissonant counterpoint before stating the acclaimed melody in octaves.." here

Bill Milkowski at JazzTimes:

"tasty renditions...
original territory ...
with soulful authority.

Read the full review here.


Vintage Guitar, April 2011:

....“Float” is a Janzon original with a spooky, off-kilter feel
where his bop solo fits perfectly. The other original,
“Blue Bee,” has an airy feel that makes it stand out from
the blues and funk. The record closes with a beautiful solo piece,
“En Dejlig Rosa,”which showcases everything about Janzon’s playing
that make this one of the best jazz guitar records from the past year.

- John Heidt, Vintage Guitar. see April 2011 issue.


Jazz Podium, Germany, Nov 2010:

The way in which he develops his pieces is the logical sound of a director and dramatist. ...Tomas brings light and air in the mainstream canon. His caution, his truly impressive and emotional charisma turns every piece into a feast. Guitar jazz has rarely been that beautiful.
-Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, Germany, Nov. 2010.

Jersey Jazz, Jan. 2011
Fradley Garner International Editor


TOMAS JANZON has lived in America for 18 years, building a reputation as a combo leader and composer on west and east coasts. Last summer, Tomas drove to New York from Los Angeles, where he’d taken a master’s degree in classical guitar at the USC Thornton School of Music and played
many trio gigs at Victor Borge Hall, with the great Ben Dixon on drums.
Some impressions from his cross-country drive are reflected in Janzon’s latest CD, Experiences (Changes Music), “a collection of seven straight-ahead jazz tunes, two originals
and two versions of a Swedish folksong.” With the guitarist are Art Hillery on B3 organ and piano, Jeff Littleton on bass, and the distinguished Albert “Tootie” Heath on drums.

On January 9 the Tomas Janzon Trio, with Corcoran Holt on bass, has
a 9:30–11:30 PM gig at Miles’ Café, 212 East 52nd St., Manhattan.
Jersey Jazz Journal

Dr. Dave Walker: Music Blog + Just Jazz Guitar, Feb. 2011.

"... from the very first minute I knew that Experiences by guitarist Tomas Janzon was something special. This is one of those unique albums that will please ordinary music lovers as well as jazz guitar aficionados. Mr. Janzon’s style ranges from cool to passionate but always melodic and eminently listenable. "
Read the review


Janzon’s warmly soul-tinged lines over Hillery’s staccato chords and Heath’s winking, on-and-off shuffle.
Alan Young, Lucid Culture

Grego Applegates Edwards,
Nov. 18, 2010:

" Subtle and Swinging"
Read the blog

Magnus Eriksson at LiRA (in Swedish): ..."ett mjukt anslag, en krispig ton och jag njuter av att dras in i hans melodiska flöde och läckra skalklättringar."
Read all

Jim Santella in L.A. Jazz Scene:

With Janzon's velvet-like textures floating as if on water, the quartet's music moves with soul.

L.A. Jazz Scene, Oct 2010
[read the full review - click here]

Selections from EXPERIENCES can now be heard on your local jazz radio station.


Oct. 1, 2010:
Interview with Jon Norton at
WGLT, Illinois State University.


Radio campaign with
Kate Smith Promotions:
Tomas Janzon "Experiences":

CMJ Jazz Top 40 Chart: #36, #29, #14!!! Thank you.

Jazz Week Top 50 Album Chart: #46, #44, #39, #34, #32, #19!!! Thank you.

Roots Music Report Top 50 Jazz: #26, #16, #13, #8, #6!!! Thank you.

Sept. - Oct. 2010


Changes Music now has worldwide distribution with Naxos Sweden:

Naxos Sweden AB
Kryptongatan 6
703 73 Örebro, Sweden
Tel: +46735060838
E-mail: tryggve@naxos.se

US Distribution:

North Country Distr.
Cadence Building
Redwood, NY 13679



photo trio

Jeff Littleton, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Tomas.




Available on iTunes

and CD Baby!

also at
Naxos Sweden

Or Just Listen Here

Select Upcoming Events



April 19, 2017
Tomas Janzon Trio
Essiet Okon Essiet-bass

Chuck McPherson-drums
Crescendo, Norrköping, Sweden

April 20, 2017
Tomas Janzon Trio
Essiet Okon Essiet-bass

Chuck McPherson-drums
Engelen, Stockholm, Sweden

April 22, 2017
Tomas Janzon Trio
Essiet Okon Essiet
Chuck McPherson-drums
Herr Nilsen, Oslo, Norway

April 26, 2017
Tomas Janzon Trio
Essiet Okon Essiet-bass

Chuck McPherson-drums
Café Museum, Passau, Germany

April 27, 2017

Tomas Janzon Trio
Essiet Okon Essiet-bass
Chuck McPherson-drums

Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria

July 1, 2017
Tomas Janzon Trio
Rubem Farias-bass
Bengt Stark-drums

Kalottjazz & Blues Festival
Haparanda, Sweden

July 30, 2017 at 8 pm
Solo concert
From Bach to Jazz
Maria Magdalena kyrka
Stockholm, Sweden

Oct. 10, 2017
Tomas Janzon Trio
Essiet Okon Essiet-bass
Aneby Jazz





From Experiences: Theme from Broadway

From Poetry festival in Korpilombolo.

With Tootie Heath and Jeff Littleton at jazz club Fasching, Stockholm.

"Six on Five" Guitar - Marimba

With Corcoran Holt and Rogerio Boccato at Bar Next Door, New York.



Recent Concerts: see Events page.




Coast to Coast to Coast:

"Just the right progression of themes and tempos, just the right variety of long running times with short, just the right instrumentation for any given tune, hitting, as the CD title metaphorically suggests, all the points of the compass, all the coasts and all the landforms between. It’s a tour designed for listening and savoring."
-Bob Gish
JazzImprov magazine
[read the full review - click here]

"...all are unified by a crispness and intimacy that highlights Janzon’s cool, subtle style."
- Forrest Dylan Bryant,
JazzTimes magazine

[read the full review - click here]

"Janzon turns up the flame of jazz’s modern mainstream
through his latest album of adventurous music.
-Jim Santella
L.A. Jazz Scene

"A cooly imaginative kind of Sco-meets-Wes LA-based gutarist gets some sly, witty touches, steady soul-bop grooving originals..."
-Selwyn Harris
Jazzwise, UK

"...impress you with their low key precision and clever use of space and tone.....should excite listeners
from coast to coast to coast.
-George Harris
All About Jazz LA

"The soft strokes of his guitar melt away while delivering lyrical melodies one moment and creating fire in the heart of his audience the next. At his frequent live appearances, Janzon
captivates everyone and won’t let go."

...at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
"Guitarist Tomas Janzon brought his original spirit to LACMA with splendid results. In three powerful sets, he reflected blues-laden memories of Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt, as well as the fire and complexity found in the work of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Fresh originals and standards such as “Moanin',” “All the Things You Are,” “Here's That Rainy Day,” and “Have You Met Miss Jones” were interpreted with authority. Janzon gave each selection a varied appearance, as his guitar wove intricate melodic patterns through the fabric of familiar song. His fluid lines produced thrilling results and meshed with his musical collaborators effectively."
- Jim Santella
All About Jazz
[read the article - click here]

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"I was blown away. The set was not only an outtasite groove, but it felt like an aspect of the mass communication mechanism as it raises another phenomenal artistic experience to the minds of music lovers on Earth. We like it real & good. In the least, keep me on your e-mail list. " - Dwight Peterson



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