Born: January 18, 1968
Born in 1968 in Maryland, Beckham graduated from Boston's Berklee College of music in 1990 where he studied with Gary Burton, Ed Saindon, Hal Crook, and others. Beckham resides in Brooklyn, NY where he is an active performer and teacher.
As a band leader and composer Beckham has released three CD's to date: Suspicions (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1999) Center Songs (Apria, 2006), and the latest, Rebound (Apria, 2008). Critics and fans have taken note, describing Beckham as ... a superior conceptualist. (AMG), playing the instrument with ...a full range of expression. (Baltimore Magazine), and ...incredibly mature. (KKJZ). Jazzreview magazine noticed, writing That's what makes it work: it feels like a band. The Village Voice noticed too, writing The vibraphonist likes to keep an eye on harmonic options when he's penning intricate pieces for his poised little outfit. Further summing-up Beckahm's approach, Rhapsody.com hit the nail on the head when they wrote Beckham's approach is reminiscent of older band leaders like Paul Motian and Chico Hamilton, but Beckham's work has a sound all its own--which is what jazz is really about....
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...here's someone who makes the vibraphone sound like the most grand of jazz instruments. /- John Book, thisisbooksmusic.com/
Brooklyn-based vibraphonist Tom Beckham is a lyrical player with a flair for writing distinctive, memorable tunes. - Jazz.com
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