Toms Rudzinskis is one of Baltics’ leading Jazz saxophone players and composers with an innovative and unique sound in his performance and compositions. Leading his own band or performing as a well-respected soloist and sideman, he currently resides in Berlin and travels across Europe to perform, collaborate and educate.
Masters graduate of prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam, numerous jazz and classical music awards winner, in 2014 Toms released debut album “ABRA” receiving Latvian Grammy Award “Zelta Mikrofons” nominations for “Best Jazz album” and “Best Debut”. Another “Best Jazz album” nomination followed in 2017 for analogue vinyl recording “Locomotion!” with the award-winning Austrian trumpet player Gerhard Ornig.
Rudzinskis’ latest project with award-winning Danish bass player and composer Kenneth Dahl Knudsen “Space Big Band” was released on Double Moon/Challenge Records International on October 2021 to both Latvian Music Awards and Danish Jazz Music Awards recognition, featured on Europe Jazz Media Chart and included on Lufthansa Group Airlines and Qatar Airways In-flight Entertainment.
Toms is currently composing new music for large and small ensembles as well as working on the post-production of the new crowdfunded album of his electro-acoustic quintet “ABYSS” and preparing his second album with Toms Rudzinskis Quartet to be released in 2024 with Jersika Records.
Besides traveling and collaborating with jazz musicians across Europe, Toms teaches at the Music Academy of Latvia and Ventspils Musical High School, holds a Jazz Jam Residency at Riga’s jazz hotspot “M/Darbnīca” and teaches online through his Jazz Community & Education project #SHEDNSHARE → Read more…