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Tom Schmidt

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Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born San Francisco,1939,raised East Bay. Studied English at S.F. State with private lessons with altoist John Handy. Taught English at American River College, Sacramento, '65-'76. Musician thereafter, playing mostly Dixieland/swing with free jazz forays and a weakness for hillbilly (the most influential music of my childhood heard daily on Cactus Jack and the 30th & San Pablo Furniture Warehouse Hour, KWBR, Oakland). Widely published poet, worked with The Harmony Arts Mobile Unit as poet/musician, recorded with John Lescroart, Joe Craven, Dave Nachmanoff, Sourdough Slim. Current bands: Washboard Wizardz(Berekely), The Crawdad Poetry & Jazz Ensemble (Merced), Uke 'n Reed (Merced).

Leader: Tom Schmidt & Friends of the Clarinet Tom Schmidt Sacramento Jazz Records, 1992 Tom Schmidt,clarinet;Ev Farey,tpt;Mike McMullen,tenor;John Girton,guitar; Art Bergman,bass,arrangements;Doug Pauly,guitar;Steve Hanson,bass; Steve Gonsoulin,tbn;Dee Hendricks,drums Sideman: The Riverbank Blues Band Live at Lola Montez Roy Harper RHR, 1976 Backwoods Jazz Backwoods Jazz Bennett House Records,1979 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Anni McCann,guitar,vocals;Paul Emery,guitar,mandolin,vocals Sweet Feet The Backwoods Jazz Quartet Bennett House Records,1981 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Anni McCann,guitar,vocals; Paul Emery,guitar,mandolin,vocals;Ray Mann,bass & drums Paul, Tom & Anni, A Concert for Children Backwoods Jazz Susan James Toys, 1982 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Anni McCann,guitar,vocals; Paul Emery,guitar,mandolin,vocals;Mikail Graham,bass Whatever Happened to the Tango? The Backwoods Jazz Quartet Bennett House Records, 1984 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Anni McCann,guitar,vocals; Paul Emery,guitar,mandolin,vocals;Mikail Graham,bass I'd Love It The Port City Jazz Band Port City Records, 1993 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Ev Farey,tpt;Steve Drivon,tbn;Bill Reinhart,bass; Stuart Zank,bjo Living the Legend The Port City Jazz Band Port City Records, 1995 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Ev Farey,tpt;Steve Drivon,tbn;Bill Reinhart,bass; Stuart Zank,bjo;Lloyd Byasee,drms Sixpointenine Gilda Taffett Taffetone Music, 1994 Gilda Taffett,violin;Tom Schmidt,clarinets;Doug Pauly,guitar Sourdough & Blackie, Swingin' at The Palms Sourdough Slim Roundup Records, 1999 Sourdough Slim,accordion,guitar,vocals;Tom Schmidt,clnts As The Crow Flies John Lescroart Crowart Records, 2002 John Lescroart,guitar,vocals;Rick Montgomery,guitar,pans; Joe Craven,mandolin,violin,percussion,Heath Walton,tenor Pasture Prime The Washboard Wizardz Hoosier Daddies Enterprises, 2003 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Bill Reinhart,bass;Kurt Abell,guitar,bjo; Steve Drivon,washboard,slide whistle,jews harp,kazoo Django Latino Joe Craven Crowart Records, 2004 Joe Craven,mandolin,violin,percussion;John R. Burr,piano;Sam Bevan,bass; Enrique Coria,guitar;Seth Asarnow,bandoneon Hot Corn The Washboard Wizardz Hoosier Daddies Enterprises,2004 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Bill Reinhart,bass;Kurt Abell,guitar,bjo; Steve Drivon,washboard,slide whistle,jews harp,kazoo Not Just for Doing the Laundry The Washboard Wizardz Hoosier Daddies Enterprises,2005 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Bill Reinhart,bass;Kurt Abell,guitar,bjo; Steve Drivon,washboard,slide whistle,jews harp,kazoo Old West at the Buckeye Tonight Old West Double Barrel Productions,2005 Steve Ide,guitar,vocals;Steve Johnson,guitar,vocals;Leslie Ide,bass,vocals; Tom Schmidt,clarinet Wordless Rhymes Dave Nachmanoff Troubador Records,2005 Dave Nachmanoff,guitar;Jeff Simons,bass;Tom Schmidt,reeds; Joe Craven,mandolin,percussion;Al Stewart,guitar; Bill Edwards,guitar,percussion,ortan,whistle,harmonica;Martin Lewis,guitar Literate Music Uke 'n Reed Hoosier Daddies Enterprises,2005 Patti Dahlstrom,ukulele,bass,vocals;Tom Schmidt, clarinets,washboard; Ray Haney,bass An Evening with the Washboard Wizardz(DVD) The Washboard Wizardz Hoosier Daddies Enterprises,2007 Tom Schmidt,reeds;Bill Reinhart,bass;Kurt Abell,guitar,bjo; Steve Drivon,washboard,slide whistle,jews harp,kazoo

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