I’m a music and travel writer based in London.
I write regularly for The Wire, Jazzwise (the UK’s leading jazz monthly), The Arts Desk (Best Specialist Journalism Website 2012) and EZH Mag (FKA Jazz Standard). I also play a bit trumpet and have a master’s in performance from the Guildhall School of Music.
You can read some of my gig and album reviews, along with features and interviews, here
Before going freelance, I worked on the production teams behind BBC Radio 3 programmes Jazz on 3 and Late Junction, where I got the field recording bug. I was interviewed on Late Junction about a writing and field recording trip to Serbia’s Guca Trumpet Festival in August 2017. You can hear some more of the sounds I’ve collected on my travels over on soundcloud
I’ve travelled extensively in Europe, Latin America and the Carribean and am a former Editorial Assistant at Wanderlust Travel Magazine. I now freelance for Rough Guides, Wanderlust and a number of other travel publications.
In 2012 I spent five months backpacking from New Orleans to Lima, filled numerous dog-eared notebooks with scribblings and typed some of them up for a blog called Notes From The Americas.
In 2014 – as a Leonardo Da Vinci scholar on the EU funded Arts Across Borders Programme – I spent four months living in Madrid, attempted to resucitate my ailing Spanish and wrote a smattering of posts for a blog called Cultura Madrileña.
A lot of my travels seem to centre on eating. I’ve learnt at the apron strings of cooks in Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua and Colombia and eaten at markets and street food stalls from London to Oaxaca.
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– Thomas Rees