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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.

Television appearances with Herbie Mann, Bill Withers. Orchestra member of Broadway Show, Dreamgirls. Consultant for New England Digital, Synclavier.

Writer-performer on CBS TV’s As The World Turns, with Rob Mounsey and Will Lee. Featured original tune, “House of Cards.”

National Commercial Jingles Duracell, original synthesizer sound, “The Coppertop” American Airlines Pontiac, “We Build Excitement” Ford Mustang Nissan, 280Z Sprite

Productions and Arrangements:

-Evolucionando, Johnny Almendra y los Jovenes del Barrio, RMM Records, #RMD 82006, 1996 -The Passing Strange, EAR Records, EAR DB102, 1994 -fantasîa (UGETSU), Bill Ohasi, EAR Records, EARDB103, 1995

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


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

Clinic/Workshop Information

New book: Advanced Jazz Theory. Illustrated in masterclass.


TOCO, Island Dreams

Amazon Records



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