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Tom Schmidt

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).

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