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Department of Music and Dance

Faculty - Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary, affiliate artist, jazz piano

  • Studied with teachers including Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, Barry Harris, and Harold Danko.
Area of expertise

jazz piano

Contact information

As a composer, Cleary has been commissioned by groups including Social Band and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (for whom he composed "New Seasons, Alter'd Sky," a song cycle for voices and jazz quartet).  He teaches piano lessons in his private studio and in the Music & Dance Department at UVM, where he was also music director for The Threepenny Opera. 

Groups accompanied: As a pianist, Tom Cleary has performed with artists including Lester Bowie, Bill Frisell, Mike Gordon, James Harvey, Ellen Powell, Clark Terry, Ray Vega, Ernie Watts, and Ike Willis.

Memorable performances: Currently he performs regularly with the Latin jazz group Rick Davies and Jazzismo and appears on their latest CD "Siempre Salsa." His work as an arranger can be heard on "Hey Sadie," the new album by Amber deLaurentis (now available on iTunes).

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