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Tom Teasley

TOM TEASLEY Almost from the outset, Tom Teasley has brought percussion up from the background, profoundly demonstrating its strength in solo performance. He is "a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense" says the Washington Post,which also refers to him, for his contributions to recent Constellation Theatre productions, as a "multi-instrumental genius" and "musical wizard". He's a "creative bonanza," claims Bruce Wittet in Modern Drummer Magazine; "... give Tom a bass drum, a snare drum and a djembé and he'll give you part Stravinsky, part Art Blakey." Teasley is a multi-dimensional performer and composer, crossing J boundaries of solo performance through the use of instruments from the world over, and cross-pollinating techniques from diverse traditions, and combining ancient percussion with digital technology. As a Cultural Envoy, Teasley has traveled throughout the Middle East on behalf of the US State Department, giving historic performances in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, and Iraq in collaboration with indigenous musicians as well as in solo concerts and educational programs

Album

Lost in a Dream

Label: Ivy Door
Released: 2021
Track listing: Lush Life; Memories Always Start; Round Midnight; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Lost in a Dream; Caravan; The Shadow of Your Smile; Once I Loved.

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Article: Album Review

Kristin Callahan: Lost in a Dream

Read "Lost in a Dream" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The body of compositions known as “jazz standards" has proved to be as durable as it is long lived. These musical pieces, partially provided by the “Great American Songbook" and partially by composing jazz practitioners, have afforded artists a veritable bottomless pit of material with which to apply their own unique vision. One-hundred-plus years of recording ...

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All The World's A Stage

Label: T&T Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Oresteia Furies Dance; Rumba For Rama; The Apple Song; Nights Over Baghdad; Orestes' Lament; Fuska And Varuna; Return Of The Green Bird; Rise Up; Setzuan Blues.

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Article: Album Review

Tom Teasley: All The World's A Stage

Read "All The World's A Stage" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Percussion is often treated as rhythmic garnish but, in the right hands, it can be the meal itself. Light spices, meaty grooves and flavorful accents can provide more than enough sustenance for the ear if they're blended in the right proportions and percussionist Tom Teasley proves that this hypothesis holds water on this, his eighth recording. ...

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News: Recording

Tom Teasley Continues To Expand Musical Boundaries On "All The World's A Stage"

Tom Teasley Continues To Expand Musical Boundaries On "All The World's A Stage"

New CD, the Eighth from Acclaimed Percussionist, Will be Released on July 10 All the World's a Stage is more than merely the title of multi- instrumentalist Tom Teasley's eighth CD - it's an apt metaphor to describe the career of this prolific composer/percussionist/musical ambassador. With the July 10 release of this new CD, on which ...

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News: Interview

Tom Teasley's Expanded Global Viewpoints

Tom Teasley's Expanded Global Viewpoints

When the DC-area based multi-instrumental wizard and all around percussion renaissance man Tom Teasley asked me to write liner notes for his latest global percussion release All The World’s A Stage it got me wondering about the evolution of one who self-identifies as a jazz percussionist, yet has so successfully broadened his base to include theater, ...

Album

Global Standard Time

Label: T&T Music
Released: 1999
Track listing: Straight No Chaser; Caravan Manha de Carnaval; Beautiful Love; Alice in Wonderland; Passion Dance; Equinox; My Foolish Heart; No Moe; Well You Needn't.

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Article: Album Review

Tom Teasley: Global Standard Time

Read "Global Standard Time" reviewed by Ed Kopp


Percussionist/drummer Tom Teasley delivers earthy interpretations of well-known jazz standards on Global Standard Time, a release that's loose, soulful, exotic, and somewhat remindful of Leon Parker's approach to jazz. Like Parker, Teasley is a gifted percussionist whose worldly vision breathes new life into familiar songs.A musician and educator from the Washington, D.C., area whose ...

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Article: Album Review

Tom Teasley: Global Standard Time

Read "Global Standard Time" reviewed by Douglas Payne


Global Standard Time evidences an exuberant musical scenarist in Washington, DC-area percussionist Tom Teasley. For his fourth disc (following last year's 'word beat' collaboration with poet-actor Charles Williams), the percussionist makes a case for himself as a highly imaginative conceptualist. He's anything but a busy noise-maker anxious to play with all his toys. ...


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