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Tom Greenland

Tom is a New York City based guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger, author, journalist, photographer, & educator.

About Me

Originally from Berkeley, California, I've lived in Brooklyn since 2002. Day job: I direct the chorus and band at A. Philip Randolph public high school in Harlem. I earned a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology (September 2007) focusing on New York City's jazz community. My book, published in April 2016 by the University of Illinois Press, titled Jazzing: New York City's Unseen Scene, describes jazz as a "village" activity - a collective improvisation in which musicians, venue providers, various professionals, and fans all play active and essential roles. I was a showband guitarist on various cruiseships for almost five years, and continue to perform as a piano accompanist and as a vocalist. I have contributed to articles and photographs to Signal to Noise and All About Jazz: New York magazines, Ted Gioia's website, the Journal of Folklore Research, and the Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Night job: Currently I write two regular columns for The New York City Jazz Record, "New York @ Night", covering live music, and "Globe Unity", reviewing recent jazz recordings from around the world. Real job: Husband to Kim and father to Talia.

My Favorites

  1. George Jones - Anniversary/Vintage Collections: George Jones & Melba Montgomery
  2. Ray Charles - The Birth of Soul/Genius Sings the Blues
  3. Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love/Are You Experienced?
  4. John Coltrane - Crescent/Blue Train
  5. Wes Montgomery - Incredible Jazz Guitar/Smokin' at the Half Note
  6. B.B. King - Live @ the Regal/Live at Cook County Jail
  7. Thelonius Monk - Alone in San Francisco/Brilliant Corners
  8. Clifford Brown - The Beginning & the End/A Night at Birdland (w/Art Blakey)
  9. Sonny Rollins - The Bridge/A Night at the Village Vanguard
  10. The Beatles - Rubber Soul/Revolver

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