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Tom Coppola

Education M.M., Jazz Studies, University of Southern California

Organizations International Association of Jazz Educators, ASCAP, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Employment

Recording and touring musician with Paul Simon, Herbie Mann, Peggy Lee, Marvin Gaye, Brook Benton, Cissy Houston, The Average White Band, Patti LuPone, Orchestra Harlow, Tito Puente, The Tommy Dorsey Band, Otis Blackwell, and Lenny White. Concert and club appearances with Chet Baker, Marcus Miller, David “Fathead” Newman, Dave Valentin, Jeff Berlin, Manolo Badrena, Jeremy Steig, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Tony Levin, Mark Egan, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Dave Bargeron, Leon Pendarvis, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Kenny Kirkland, Dave Taylor, Chris Parker, Will Lee, Paulinho da Costa, Ernie Watts, Bernard Purdie, Anthony Jackson, Cornell Dupree, Paul Jackson, Jr., Manhattan Transfer.

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University of North Carolina, Adjunct Professor, Jazz Studies Department, 1997-2011.

Clinic/Workshop Information

New book: Advanced Jazz Theory. Illustrated in masterclass.