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Thomas Backman


“Crime Jazz”,  “Jazz for a new generation” & “slow-burn yearning widescreen chamber pop” . There are many ways trying to describe the unique sound of reedplayer Thomas Backmans band.


Backman, one of Swedens most reputable reedplayers for 15 years, formed a band of his own in 2016.  The special blend of styles and dynamic arrangements made the debutalbum “Did You Have a Good Day, David?” (2018) a critically acclaimed success. The band followed up the release with concerts at important venues such as Pizza Express in London and Rochester Jazz Festival & Nublu in the US.


August 6 2021 the sequel was released: “When light is put away”.

Since created in the time of 2 ongoing crises; the pandemic and the climate crisis the album turned both dark and thoughtful.  The album received the prestigious Manifestaward for

Best Jazz Album of 2021.                              


With the feature of shoegaze, hiphop, orchestral pop and free jazz as well as the words of Emily Dickinson the essence of Backmans music is recognizable but developed.

                                                                        An “outside the box” voice in the jazzscene today.


April 6 2024
Tallinn, EE
Tallin music week


Aug 3 2016

Trosa, SE

Trosa Stads kyrka

July 27 2017

Sandviken, se

musik i bruksmiljö

November 23 2018
London, Uk
Pizza Express soho
London jazz festival

June 26 2019

Rochester, ny, US

rochester jazz festival

September 1 2021
Nordic House
Reykjavik, Iceland


Oct 10 2023
Kristianstad, se
blue bird jazz

dec 6 2023
trondheim, no

Jan 19 2024
Hallsberg, Se
Hallsbergs Jazzklubb
Jan 18 2024
Vänersborg, Se
Vänersborg Folkets Hus

Nov 24 2023
Upplands Väsby, SE
Picchus Cafe

Nov 11 2023
Älmhult, se
älmhult music & arts

Nov 22 2023
bollnäs, se
bollnäs kyrka

nov 23 2023
sandviken, se


Okt 12 2016

Stockholm, Se

Stockholm Jazz


July 28 2017

Stockholm, se

Glenn miller cafe

January 31 2019
Mariehamn, AX
Alandica Auditorie

june 27 2019

New York city, ny, US

Scandinavia house

October 21 2021
Stockholm, se
Stockholm Jazz Festival
double bill with
Lisen Rylander Love

Oct 12 2023
Örebro, Se
Örebro Teater

Apr 20 2017

Upplands Väsby, SE

Picchus Cafe

Sep 27 2017

Gävle, se

Gävle jazzclub

March 8 2019
Malmö, se
Jazz i Malmö

Apr 21 2017

Alvesta, Se

Alvesta Jazz & Blues

Mar 7 2018

Malmö, se

bullret, inkonst

March 9 2019
Helsingborg, SE

june 28 2019

New York city, ny, US

nublu 151

November 13 2021
Mölndal, SE


August 14 2019

Trosa, Se

Trosa Stads Kyrka

April 22 2022
Gothenburg, Se
Klubb Impuls
Fängelset Härlanda

Apr 22 2017

Kristianstad, Se

Blue Bird jazz

June 30 2018
Sandviken, SE
Jazzfestival Bangen

april 16 2019
bollnäs, se
bollnäs jazzclub

October 2 2019

Sandviken, SE

Björksätra kyrka

October 20 2022
Eskilstuna, Se


May 4 2017

Umeå, Se

Umeå Jazzstudio

August 16 2018
Trosa, SE
Trosa Stads Kyrka

May 11 2017

Svalöv, se

Fridhems fhsk

August 30 2018
Stockholm, sE
Official release show!

June 22 2019
Washington, Dc US
Nordic jazz festival

may 16 2019

gothenburg, se


February 1 2020
Strängnäs, Se
Åkers Kyrka

August 5 2020


trosa stads kyrka

October 22 2022
Stockholm, Se
Södra Latin
Södra Latin Jazzfestival


November 19 2022
Sundsvall, Se

January 25 2023
Gävle, Se


Sep 17 2020

Umeå, sweden


June 24 2019

Baltimore, md US

An die Musik Live

October  15 2018
Stockholm, sE
glenn miller cafe
stockholm jazz festival

July 14 2017

Söderhamn, se


June 25 2019

Cleveland, oh, US

bop stop at the

music settlement

July 26 2017

Trosa, se

Trosa stads kyrka

October 18 2018
Vänersborg, sE
Vänersborg musikförening

August 19 2021
Stockholm, Se
official releaseshow

January 26 2023
Stockholm, Se


August 21 2021
Västerås, Se
Jazzfesten konserthuset

January 31 2023
Halmstad, Se
Halmstad Jazzclub

Oct 9 2023
Karlskrona, SE

Music Video
Did You Have A Good Day, David?
"All the music on the album is done with care, precision and warmth" -Jan Gradvall Dagens Industri
”They played their proverbial asses off, generating an intensity that suggested that playing this music represented an essential cathartic process”
-Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
It´s a, let me say it directly, very good debut. Varied, resourceful, personal and serious" -Dan Backman Orkesterjournalen
Rated 4/5
"A personal music that breaks the Imagination of traditional improvisation without templates or copying something else...."Jazz for a new generation"
-Göran Olson Gefle Dagblad
"We think of Kamasi Washington. But this swings a lot more than Washington....Throughout the whole album we are served musical experiences, extremely varied and nice --Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts
“Each player was a creative mastermind, maximizing their possible range and output. Whether teetering into techno, bursting into bombast, or coasting quietly on a beautiful melody, the quartet had the audience rapt for the full hour.”-Eli Stein, NYS Music
"The Swedish quartet’s mixture of slow-burn yearning widescreen chamber pop with elements of jazz and electronica deserves wider attention-------Sparkling synths and haunting hocketing vocals with beautiful lyrics in Swedish and English charting icy topographies reminiscent at times of Björk"
-AJ Dehany  London Jazz News
"A band picked out at the finest delicatessen counter
-Patrik Lindgren, Lira

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