Vibraphonist residing in Brooklyn, New York since 1994.
Leading his own groups plus The Tom Beckham Trio, Norville Trio, and his quartet SLICE, Tom Beckham has released three CD’s to date: “Suspicions” (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1999) “Center Songs” (Sunnyside, 2006), and “Rebound” (2008). In 2015 he released a duo album with guitarist Brad Shepik entitled “Flower Starter.” He also performs on solo vibraphone and is a Vic Firth artist.
As a versatile sideman in New York for more than 20 years, Beckham has toured with/performed and/or recorded with a diverse list of groups and musicians including Brad Shepik's “Across the Way” quartet, George Schuller’s Circle Wide, JC Sanford’s Jazz Orchestra, jazz guitarist Rale Micic, the Motown/Soul group The Soul Night Band, jazz vocalist Jaclyn Guillou; the swing-era ensembles of Lapis Luna, Flying Home, and Bliss Blood; Joseph C. Phillips’ Numinous Ensemble; cellist Jody Redhage’s Fire In July; the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP); pop/lounge artist Betty Black, as well as session work for TV networks such as PBS and HBO.
“Here’s someone who makes the vibraphone sound like the most grand of jazz instruments.”—John Book/thisisbooksmusic.com
“Beckham’s approach is reminiscent of older band leaders like Paul Motian and Chico Hamilton, but Beckham’s work has a sound all its own—which is what jazz is really about.”—Rhapsody.com
“…the hidden treasure.”—The NYC Jazz Record
“…the secret star of an outstanding team with his symphonic way of unfolding sound and his subtle blends.”—Südkurier Constance
Artist website: www.tombeckham.net
- Chick Corea - Lyric Suite for Sextet
- Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine
- Wes Montgomery/Milt Jackson - Bags Meets Wes