Tom Coppola is a jazz musician and educator. He grew up in Brooklyn, where the variety of New York radio broadcasting was a huge inspiration. When he was a child, his parents bought the Steinway piano which he still has.
Living in New York afforded opportunity to meet and play with a variety of artists. He has recorded and toured with Herbie Mann, toured with Marvin Gaye, and recorded a gold record for Paul Simon, a Platinum Record for “CHIC”. He played in the orchestra for the Broadway show, Dreamgirls.
After obtaining a Masters in Jazz Studies and Film Composing at The University of Southern California, studying with Shelley Berg, he taught for almost 20 years as Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina, and College of Mars Hill. The courses covered jazz piano instruction, orchestral arranging, composition, class piano, combo, and music theory. Tom is inspired by all music, but especially Jazz and Afro-Cuban.
Tom is a former music producer and arranger for NBC's Saturday Night Live. Here are some of the cues:
cue host music
“Assimilated Jews” Angie Dickenson David Gilmore
“Pit Bulls” Sean Penn LL Cool J
“Adobe” John Lithgow Anita Baker
“Medical Waste” Sugar Cubes
“MacSushi” Valerie Bertinelli Robert Cray
“Compulsion” Robert Mitchum Simply Red
“Cory Acquino’s Secret”
“Mr. Short-Term Memory” Tom Hanks Keith Richards/Aerosmith
“Sleepy Time Rats” Ted Danson
“Change Bank” John Malkovitch Anita Baker
“Crazed Caller” Madonna
“Gifted Rapper” Damon Wayans
“Gary Hart” Steve Martin Sting
Station Break Dabney Coleman The Cars
“Back To Carbon Paper” John Larroquette Randy Newman
“Darwin’s Burden” Rob Lowe The Pogues
He is the producer of the band AIR, Featuring Googie.
Tom has also recorded or toured with Peggy Lee, Brook Benton, Cissy Houston, Patti LuPone, Orchestra Harlow, Tito Puente, The Tommy Dorsey Band, Otis Blackwell, and Lenny White.
He has performed concert and club appearances with Chet Baker, Marcus Miller, David “Fathead” Newman, Dave Valentin, Jeff Berlin, Manolo Badrena, Jeremy Steig, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Tony Levin, Mark Egan, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Dave Bargeron, Leon Pendarvis, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Kenny Kirkland, Dave Taylor, Chris Parker, Will Lee, Paulinho da Costa, Ernie Watts, Bernard Purdie, Anthony Jackson, Cornell Dupree, Paul Jackson, Jr., Manhattan Transfer, Eric Alexander, Larry Coryell.
Youtube video:Tube Video:
Tito Puente. go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10guD4dqlk4
Artist Title Label
Air AIR Atlantic/Runt©2008(Embryo) SD733
Herbie Mann Fire Island Atlantic 19112
Fatback Night Fever Spring SP 1-6711
Chic CHIC Atlantic 19153
Googie & Tom Coppola Shine The Light Of Love Columbia JC 36194
Lenny White Attitude Elektra 60232
Paul Simon Hearts And Bones Warners 23492
Arranger and author:
Two books are offered for sale. The first is Jazz Standards for Piano, 40 pp., published by Hal Leonard, HL00310342; and available from www.tomcoppolajazz.com. Also, new, is Theory For Jazz Piano.