Tom Richeson is an Associate Professor of Music and jazz studies coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he has taught more than twenty courses (currently Improvisation, History of Jazz, History of Rock, and Introduction to Music). He has two degrees in music performance from the University of Tennessee where he studied with Jerry Coker and Bill Scarlett. He has performed throughout North America, Western Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and in Mexico. As a trumpeter he toured with The Jacksons, Diana Ross, The OʼJays, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, Charlie Spivak, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and many others. In addition, he performed with Frank Sinatra, Charles Thomas, Art Porter Sr. and Jr., Pharoah Sanders, Bill Scarlett, Jerry and Patty Coker, and the Knoxville and Arkansas Symphony Orchestras. Tom was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowship in 1986. The resulting live concert video, Tom Richeson Sextet, Live at Trimble Studio, featured Tom’s compositions and was aired on public television stations in Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, and in Kuwait. In the 1980s he founded and directed the Little Rock Jazz Machine, a jazz big band in the swing style, and produced two albums, The Little Rock Jazz Machine and UALR Salsa Picante, Goose Bumps (1986), and The Little Rock Jazz Machine and UALR Trojazz, Live at the After Thought (1987). Tom also plays a MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) wind controller and has been featured on this instrument in jazz–fusion and contemporary worship bands with Proclaim! International and Worshiplanet. He is the primary author of The Mystery of Music (6th Edition 2012 McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions) and a contributing author of The Jerry Coker Figure Reading Series (1988 STUDIO, P/R, Columbia Pictures Publications). Personal recordings include Goose Bumps (1991), A Tribute to Jerry Coker (2005), and Jazz Tracks (2014). Tom is married to Brenda, and together they enjoy their family, two daughters and their husbands, and six beautiful grandchildren.
Tom Richeson’s Courses
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor (requires an audition, contact the instructor). Study of application and principles of jazz improvisation, including nomenclature, chord progressions, chord scales, patterns, melodic development, and solo transcription. 1128 – 4128 (30 minute private lessons) and 2228 – 4228 (55 minute private lessons).
MUHL 3351 History of Rock
A study of the evolution of rock music from its pre-rock origins to the present. Topics & Styles: Rock Roots, Early Rock ‘n’ Roll, Teen-Styled Rock, Soul & Motown, British Invasion, American Reaction, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Country Rock, Jazz-Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Art & Glitter Rock, Ska & Reggae, Punk, New Wave, Funk, Disco, MTV, Alternative, Grunge, Speed Metal, Thrash, etc. Three credit hours.
MUHL 3361 History of Jazz
A study of the development and styles of jazz music and its principal exponents. Topics & Styles: Jazz Roots, Traditional Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Cool Jazz, West Coast Jazz, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock Fusion, the Eclectic 1970s – 80s, Latin Jazz, Women in Jazz, Jazz Guitarists, etc. Three credit hours.
MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. Students will learn through writing, reading, discussing, listening, and participating in critical thinking and problem-solving activities. Fulfills core requirement in aesthetics along with ARHA 2305 or THEA 2305. Three credit hours.