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Tom Harrell – American Jazz Trumpeter Bio

Tom Harrell is an American jazz trumpeter, arranger, flugelhorn player, and composer born in Urbana, Illinois on the 16th of June, 1946.

Tom Harrell Bio

Moving to the San Francisco Bay area at the age of 5, Tom began playing the trumpet at the age of eight. His family then moved to live near San Francisco Bay where he played with local bands from the age of thirteen on.

In 1969 he graduated with a degree in musical composition from Stanford University and joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and had his first major recording experiences in that year as well.

Tom Harrell with Phil Woods-02

Watch this edition of the Pace Report to hear Tom talk about his feelings about jazz and also schitzophrenia, as he actually uses it to inform his highly unique brand of playing.

Some of the bands he played in include Woody Herman (1970-1971), Azteca (1972), Horace Silver Quintet (1973-1977), Sam Jones Big Band, Lee Konitz Nonet (1979-1981), with George Russell, the Mel Lewis Orchestra (1981) and the Liberation Music Orchestra of Charlie Haden.

Here is Tom playing with pianist Horace Silver, and a host of other greats – Umbria Jazz – 1976.

a night of chesky jazz at town hall

Between 1983 and 1989, Tom was one of the key members of the Phil Woods Quintet, and, since 1989, Tom Harrell has been running his own bands.

Here’s the Tom Harrell Octet in action, playing “Samba de Amor”.

Visit Tom Harrell’s website here

Tom Harrell Discography

As a band leader

  • 1976 – Aurora (reissued as Total , 1987)
  • 1978 – Mind’s Ear
  • 1984 – Play of Light
  • 1985 – Moon Alley
  • 1986 – Sundance
  • 1987 – Open Air
  • 1988 – Stories
  • 1989 – Lonely Eyes
  • 1989 – Sail Away
  • 1990 – Form
  • 1991 – Moon and Sand
  • 1991 – Visions
  • 1991 – Passages
  • 1992 – Sail Away – live in Paris
  • 1994 – Upswing
  • 1995 – Cape Verde
  • 1996 – Labyrinth
  • 1998 – The Art of Rhythm
  • 1999 – Time’s Mirror
  • 2001 – Paradise
  • 2002 – Live at the Village Vanguard
  • 2003 – Wise Children
  • 2007 – Humanity
  • 2007 – Light On
  • 2009 – Prana Dance
  • 2010 – Roman Nights
  • 2011 – The Time of the Sun
  • 2012 – Number Five
  • 2013 – Colors of a Dream
  • 2014 – TRIP
  • 2016 – Something gold, something blue

As a co-leader / contributor

With John McNeil

  • Look to the Sky ( SteepleChase , 1979)

With Bill Evans

  • We Will Meet Again ( Verve , 1979)

With Horace Silver

  • Silver ‘n Brass ( Blue Note , 1975) 2
  • Silver ‘n Wood (Blue Note, 1976)
  • Silver ‘n Voices (Blue Note, 1976)
  • Silver ‘n Percussion (Blue Note, 1977)
  • Silver ‘n Strings Play the Music of the Spheres (Blue Note, 1979)

With Charlie Haden

  • Dream Keeper (Verve, 1990)
  • The Montreal Tapes: Liberation Music Orchestra (Verve, 1999)

With Joe Lovano

  • Village Rhythm ( Soul Note , 1988)
  • Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1994)

With Gordon Brisker

  • Cornerstone (Sea Breeze Jazz, 1984) 3

With Harold Danko

  • Coincidence (Dreamstreet Records, 1979)

With George Gruntz

  • Theater (ECM , 1983)

With Phil Woods

  • Integrity (Red , 1984)
  • Gratitude (Denon, 1986)
  • Dizzy Gillespie Meets Phil Woods Quintet (Timeless , 1986)
  • Bop Stew (Concord , 1987)
  • Evolution (Concord, 1988)
  • Flash (Concord, 1989)
  • Bouquet (Concord, 1989)
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