Trevor Tomkins

Trevor Ramsey Tomkins is an English jazz drummer best known for his work in a number of British bands in the 1970s, including Gilgamesh.


Tomkins was born in London in 1941 and studied music at the Guildhall School of Music. He initially learned to play trombone as a teenager before choosing drums on which he made his first professional appearance.
In 1962 he joined Don Rendell working with the Don Rendell/Ian Carr quintet for seven years until 1969. He recorded several albums with pianist Michael Garrick and Don Rendell in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the 1970s, he worked with Ian Carr's Nucleus, Giles Farnaby's Dream Band, David Becker and Henry Lowther's Quaternity. He was a popular choice for visiting musicians including Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods and Lee Konitz. He appears on the 1971 album First Wind by Frank Ricotti and Mike de Albuquerque and on Tony Coe's 1978 album Coe-Existence.
He is the first cousin of Roy Budd, and Peter C. Budd, and was a member of various trios and other line-ups with Roy Budd.