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Tom Harrell and Friends LIVE!!

April 9, 2012

Tom Harrell was born in Urbana, Illinois, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of five. He started playing trumpet at eight and within five years, started playing gigs with local bands. In 1969 he graduated from Stanford University with a music composition degree and joined Stan Kenton’s orchestra, touring and recording with them throughout 1969.
After leaving Kenton, Harrell played with Woody Herman’s big band (1970–1971), Azteca (1972), the Horace Silver Quintet (1973–1977), with whom he made five albums, the Sam Jones-Tom Harrell Big Band, the Lee Konitz Nonet (1979–1981), George Russell, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra (1981). From 1983 to 1989 he was a pivotal member of the Phil Woods Quintet and made seven albums with the group. In addition, he recorded albums with Vince Guaraldi for whom he also did some arranging for the Peanuts television specials, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Ronnie Cuber, Bob Brookmeyer, Lionel Hampton, Bob Berg, Cecil Payne,Bobby Shew, Phillipe Catherine, Ivan Paduart, Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Art Farmer, Charles McPherson, David Sanchez,Sheila Jordan, Jane Monheit, King’s Singers and Kathleen Battle among others.
Since 1989 Harrell has led his own groups, usually quintets but occasionally expanded ensembles such as chamber orchestras with strings, and big bands. He has appeared at virtually every major jazz club and festival venue, and recorded under his own name for such record labels as RCA, Contemporary, Pinnacle, Blackhawk, Criss Cross, SteepleChase, Chesky, and HighNote. He received a Grammy nomination for his big band album, Time’s Mirror.
Harrell is a prolific arranger and composer. He has arranged for Vince Guaraldi’s work on Peanuts, Carlos Santana, Arturo O’Farrill’s Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Elisabeth Kontomanou with the Orchestre National de Lorraine, among others. His compositions have been recorded by other notable jazz artists including Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Art Farmer, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Steve Kuhn, Kenny Werner and Hank Jones.
Get yourself over to the Vanguard this week to see Tom Harrell with Wayne Escoffery on saxophone, Danny Grissett on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.

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