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Mike Tomaro

Mike Tomaro

Mike Tomaro has been the Director of theJazz Studies Program at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne Universityin Pittsburgh, PA since 1997. This saxophonist,composer, arranger and educator earned his B.S. degree in Music Edu¬cation from Duquesne University and his M.A. degree in Saxophone Perforomance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C.area for seventeen years as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. While a member of this group, he served as its Enlisted Musical Director and performed for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton as well as heads of state from around the world. He alsocomposed and/or arranged much of the Army Blues repertoire and was featured as a soloist on several of the group’s albums and CDs. Mike is a Yamaha Performing Artist andendorses Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures exclusively.

As a performer, Mike has worked with such diverse artists and groups as Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Michael Feinstein, Linda Ronstadt, Debby Boone, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Bergeron, Terence Blanchard, Louis Bellson, Terry Gibbs, Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Big Band, Woody Herman Orchestra and the Smithsonian JazzMasterworks Orchestra, where he is featured on their DVD, “Live at MCG.” In his hometown, he has performed with guitarist Joe Negri, Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy Band, Pittsburgh Symphony, River City Brass Band, Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble inaddition to leading his own small groups.

Mike is the co-artistic director (with trumpeter Sean Jones) and lead alto player of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the city’s premier big band, where he composes and arrangesmost of the material that group performs. In 2015, the band released its first CD, “Joyful Jazz,” on the MCG Jazz label; the album contains 11 arrangements by Tomaro. It has garnered rave reviews including afour-star rating in Downbeat magazine and was selected as one of the top sevenholiday albums of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal. Through the PJO, Mike is also Artistic Director of the National Jazz Workshop at Duquesne University, a week-long summer workshop for aspiring musicians.

Mike has four nationally released recordings under his ownname that showcase his talents as both performer and composer/arranger – “Dancing Eyes” (Seabreeze Jazz), “HomeAgain” (Positive Music), “Forgotten Dreams” (Seabreeze Jazz) and“NightowlSuite” (Seabreeze Jazz). Additionally, Mike has also been featured on many other CDs as performer and/or arranger, most notably on Nancy Wilson’s last two Grammy Award winning releases, “Turned To Blue” and “RSVP,” the Bob Mintzer Big Band’s Grammy nominated release, “For The Moment,” Ann Hampton Callaway’s “The Hope Of Christmas,” the New York Voices’, “A Day Like This,” Sheryl Bailey’s “A New Promise” and the 21st Century Swing Band’s “Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy,” all on the MCG Jazz label. On the last two releases, Mike is prominently featured as the main arranger as well as a soloist.

Mike’s musichas been performed by the likes of jazz greats David Liebman, Wayne Bergeron, IvanLins, Claudio Roditi, Mike Stern, Ernie Watts, Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, New York Voices, Al Vizzutti and many more, as well as high schools, colleges anduniversities around the world. His orchestral arrangements have been performed by the Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras. Over two hundred of his compositions and arrangements have been published by Doug Beach Music, Hal Leonard Publications, and Walrus Music. In 2009, Mike scored all the music for MCG/Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s production of Duke Ellington’s musical “Beggar’s Holiday.”

Additionally,Mike has co-authored the textbook “Instrumental Jazz Arranging: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide” (Hal Leonard Publications), with his long-time mentor, Dr.John Wilson, who was Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University from 1972-1996.

Mike is affiliated with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers where he has received several ASCAP Plus awards, the National Academy of RecordingArts and Sciences (NARAS), Jazz Education Network (JEN) and the NationalAssociation for Music Education (NAfME). Mike is in great demand both nationally and internationally as a guest soloist, adjudicator, and clinician. For more information on his activities, visit his website at www.miketomaro.com.

 

Since his wife’s passing from pancreatic cancer in 2010, Mike has been dedicating much of his time to organizing, arranging and performing yearly concerts designed to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN).


Alegria

Alegria

Product #: 42390
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

Another Story

Another Story

Product #: 42407
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

Be Cool

Be Cool

Product #: 42429
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

Blue Note Special

Blue Note Special

Product #: 42438
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

Blues For Hire

Blues For Hire

Product #: 52098
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Blues-1, Band-0 (The Final Score)

Blues-1, Band-0 (The Final Score)

Product #: 43030
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory

Product #: 52176
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Dancing Eyes

Dancing Eyes

Product #: 52191
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Espionage In Andalusia

Espionage In Andalusia

Product #: 42508
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

Hard Bargain

Hard Bargain

Product #: 42574
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

I've Paid My Dues

I've Paid My Dues

Product #: 43243
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Island Breeze (Digital Download Only)

Island Breeze (Digital Download Only)

Product #: 42605
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

Lagrimosa

Lagrimosa

Product #: 43261
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Little Frog (Digital Download Only)

Little Frog (Digital Download Only)

Product #: 42197
Credits: Tomaro
Series: First Edition Series

$48.00

 

Lose The Shoes (Digital Download Only)

Lose The Shoes (Digital Download Only)

Product #: 42646
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

Me Then, Why?

Me Then, Why?

Product #: 43269
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Nightowl Suite, Movement 1 (11 p.m. - Searching For Birdland)

Nightowl Suite, Movement 1 (11 p.m. - Searching For Birdland)

Product #: 52612
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Nightowl Suite, Movement 2 (3 a.m. - Lonely City)

Nightowl Suite, Movement 2 (3 a.m. - Lonely City)

Product #: 52613
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Nightowl Suite, Movement 3 (6 a.m. - The City Awakes, The Nightowl Sleeps)

Nightowl Suite, Movement 3 (6 a.m. - The City Awakes, The Nightowl Sleeps)

Product #: 52614
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Open Country (Digital Download Only)

Open Country (Digital Download Only)

Product #: 42265
Credits: Tomaro
Series: First Edition Series

$48.00

 

Persevere

Persevere

Product #: 42775
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Retro-Funk

Retro-Funk

Product #: 52753
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Rivers

Rivers

< Product #: 43374
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Samba Para Minha Avo (Digital Download Only)

Samba Para Minha Avo (Digital Download Only)

Product #: 43375
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Saturday Morning Blues

Saturday Morning Blues

Product #: 43372
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Secret Smiles (Digital Download Only)

Secret Smiles (Digital Download Only)

Product #: 42815
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Threshold Series

$52.00

 

Sideward Glance, A

Sideward Glance, A

Product #: 52809
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Tad-Boppin'

Tad-Boppin'

Product #: 52905
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Kendor Archive Editions

$95.00

 

Touch The Sun

Touch The Sun

Product #: 42892
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 

Wise One, The

Wise One, The

Product #: 43482
Credits: Tomaro
Series: Jazz Ensemble Series

$60.00

 


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