Janzon was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His musical quest
started at the age of 7 playing the recorder. At 8 he
began studying the cello and by 12 he was performing with
the chamber orchestra Collegium Musicum. Later he would
pursue and focus on the guitar.
After studying at Musikhögskolan, The Royal School
of Music in Stockholm he embarked on his professional
career: touring, performing and recording in Sweden and
northern Europe with such artists as Berit Andersson,
Bronislaw Suchanek, Anita Strandell, Twice Guitar, Casa
Grande and others. Tomas composed and recorded music for
TV and films: “Vargavår” for national
TV, the documentary “Kvinnor på kontor”,
art-film “The King of Siam”.
Tomas arrived in Los Angeles 1991 to study with Joe Diorio
at GIT, graduating as “The Outstanding Player of
the Year”, teaching as an adjunct staff member from
1994 to the present. May 2000 he completed a MM with honors
in Classical Guitar at USC Thornton School of Music, studying
with Scott Tennant and James Smith, also teaching at the
Jazz Studies and Studio Guitar Departments.
Since coming to the United States Tomas has played clubs
and/or sessions with: Billy Higgins, Alphonso Johnson,
Sherman Ferguson, Dave Carpenter, Bob Sheppard, Ricky
Woodard, Brandon Fields, Melvin Davis, Jimmy Earl, David
Goldblatt, Joel Taylor, Billy Mintz, Joe Brancato, Frank
Wilson, Ken Filiano, 5th Dimension, Ben Vereen, Charo
and others. He has appeared on TV on “L.A. Jazz”
and BET on Jazz. He and his group has appeared at The
Playboy Jazz Festival, The City of Angels Jazz Festival,
The Stockholm Jazz Festival and many other venues.
2001 Tomas spent in Canada as an Artist-in-Resident at
Selkirk College, teaching and performing. 2002 to the
present has included several trips to New York, Seattle,
Phoenix and Sweden for concerts, festivals and clinics.
The last two years has also seen Tomas’ articles
published in Guitar Player, Down Beat, LA Jazz Scene,
Orkesterjournalen, Jazz Stage and Fotnoten.
Tomas recorded with Sherman Ferguson, Nedra Wheeler and
Billy Higgins and has received positive reviews and international
airplay with this, his Changes Music label recording X-Changes.