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Tom Collier

In a career spanning 60+ years, Tom Collier celebrated his first public performance playing the marimba at the age of 5 in 1954 and marked the 60th anniversary of that performance with a 2014 concert at Meany Hall Studio Theater on the University of Washington campus. The concert featured several guest artists including guitarist Larry Coryell, mallet virtuoso Emil Richards, clarinetist William O. “Bill” Smith, drummer Moyes Lucas, pianist Marc Seales, and longtime musical cohort/electric bassist Dan Dean

Through the years, Tom Collier has appeared in concert and on recordings with many important jazz and popular artists including Eddie Daniels, Ry Cooder, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Roger Kellaway, Emil Richards, Don Grusin, Alex Acuña, Frank Zappa, Ralph Humphrey, Victor Feldman, Howard Roberts, Ernie Watts, Dave Holland, Cal Tjader, Shelly Manne, Joe Porcaro, Laurindo Almeida, Buddy DeFranco, Cuong Vu, Diane Schurr, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Morganna King, Herb Ellis, Bill Mays, Bobby Shew, Ernestine Anderson, Mannheim Steamroller, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, The Beach Boys, The Mills Brothers, Della Reese and many more.

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”Collier ... is so well-equipped academically that his sleight-of-hand solos already are a fascinating study.” -Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times-

“Collier’s mellow reverberation on the vibes has a graceful, ruminative sway. He maintains the song structure, but with freewheeling agility.” - Scott Yanow, Jazz Historian and Journalist-

“Tom Collier, a great vibes player....” -Emil Richards autobiography, “Wonderful World Of Percussion”-

“Tom Collier ... one of the best jazz vibraphonists on the planet.” -Scott Mercado interview, Modern Drummer Magazine-

“Collier turns phrases and builds lines that set a new musical standard for the vibraphone.” -F

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