Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in a 40-plus year career that’s seen him perform in major concert halls, leading jazz nightclubs, major music festivals, and recording studios throughout Europe and North America. Recent appearances include the Toronto and Ottawa Jazz Festivals, the famous Jazz Lighthouse (Hermosa Beach, CA) and the Paradise Valley Jazz Party in Scottsdale, AZ.
Tom’s bass versatility has supported a wide range of internationally-known artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Carl Fontana, Herb Geller, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and many others in jazz and pop music alike. Tom’s work in “show biz” includes playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as “Cats”, “A Chorus Line”, the Joffrey Ballet, “Grease”, and “Damn Yankees” (with Jerry Lewis).
An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Stanford University Jazz Workshop, University of Kansas, University of Nevada, University of British Columbia, Arizona State University, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Centrum/Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, and the New West (Canada) Jazz Camp, among others. For many years, Wakeling was also the Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon. The college is known for its excellent music program. Tom’s recording credits include Nancy King’s “Perennial” , The Bridge Quartet’s “Day ”, Alan Jones Sextet’s “Climbing”, and “Good Morning, Geek” with the Portland Jazz Orchestra. Tom’s bass can also be heard on recordings with his own Tom Wakeling – Brad Turner Quartet and with pianist Lynne Arriale, Juno award winner Hugh Fraser, composer/pianist Steve Christofferson, drummer/composer William Thomas, and with many other great artists.
Tom has performed with the following people:Eric Alexander, Harry Allen, Mose Allison, Ernie Andrews, Luci Arnaz, Lynne Arriale, Tommy Banks, Dan Barrett, Bill Bell, Tex Beneke, Shelly Berg, Bill Berry, Seamus Blake, Jeannie Bryson, Obed Calvere, Clayton Cameron, Gilbert Castellanos, JoAnne Castle, Buddy Childers, Pete Christlieb, Mike Clark, Gerald Clayton, Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Jimmy Cobb, Luis Conte, Keith Copeland, Henry Cuesta, Bill Cunliffe, Dee Daniels, Steve Davis, Graham Dechter, Arthur Duncan, Eddie Duran, Herb Ellis, Fifth Dimension, John Fedchock, Med Flory, Carl Fontana, Bruce Forman, Dave Frishberg, Larry Fuller, Oliver Gannon, Mitzi Gaynor, Herb Geller, Benny Golson, John Guerin, Dorothy Hamill, Jeff Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Craig Handy, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Tamir Hendleman, Bill Henderson, Conrad Herwig, Holly Hofmann, Javon Jackson, Ingrid Jensen, Roger Kellaway, Rebecca Kilgore, Nancy King, Lee Konitz, Diana Krall, Art Lande, Vince Lateano, Jerry Lewis, Rich Little, Kevin Mahogany, Llew Matthews, Butch Miles, Anne Miller, Ben Monder, James Moody, Lanny Morgan, James Morrison, Mark Murphy, Lewis Nash, Ira Nepus, New York Voices, Walter Norris, Arturo O’Farrill, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Dave Pietro, Charles Pillow, Frank Potenza, Ruth Price, Don Rader, Chuck Redd, Della Reese, Tim Ries, Chita Rivera, Herlin Riley, Claudio Roditi, Mickey Roker, Jimmy Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Charlie Rouse, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Tom Scott, Ed Shaunessey, Jack Sheldon, Red Skelton, Edward Simon, Gary Smulyan, Jim Snidero, Lew Soloff, Suzanne Sommers, Mary Stallings, Sally Struthers, Lew Tabackin, Grady Tate, Mel Torme, Grover Washington Jr., Ernie Watts, Mike Wofford, JoAnne Worley
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