Tom Richeson

Tom Richeson is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he served as Jazz Studies Coordinator for 20 years. As a trumpeter and/or playing a MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) wind controller he’s performed with many jazz artists, includinTom 2g Pharoah Sanders, Stan Samole, Art Porter, Charles Thomas, Maasej Kovačević, Ted Ludwig, Stefano Sabatini, Jack Coker, Jerry Coker, Bill Scarlett, Gene Rush, Mark Boling, Donald Brown, Jim Self, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald (with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra) and on tours with many pop groups, including The Jacksons, Diana Ross, Lou Rawls, and The O’Jays. He also toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and with the Charlie Spivak Orchestra. In academic settings he’s performed with many jazz artists, most notably, Jack DeJohnette, Maria Schneider, Gary Foster, Carl Fontana, Victor Wooten, Alvin Batiste, and Airto Moriera. Honors include induction into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame (2014), Visiting Professorships at Qingdao and Binzhou Universities in China (2014), and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowship (1986). He was the first guest student instrumentalist to ever appear with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. (1969). Tom is the lead author of The Mystery of Music, 2012 McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions. Recordings include Goose Bumps (1991), A Tribute to Jerry Coker (2005) and Jazz Tracks (2014). His Jazz Tracks album was reviewed at by C. Michael Bailey and received a rating of 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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Tom Richeson’s Courses

 MUPR 2228, 4228 Improvisation (55 minute weekly private lessons) 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.

MUHL 3351 History of Rock A study of the evolution of rock music from its pre-rock origins to the present. Topics & Styles include 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.

 MUHL 3361 Jazz History and Styles A study of the development and styles of jazz music and its principal exponents. Topics & Styles include 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.

 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.

Quotes about Tom

a gift of winds.” Ellis Widner, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“musicianship is of a high caliber …the material is superior!” Al Schmitt, Grammy award winning engineer

beautiful, full-bodied, and sincere.” C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

“impressed me tremendously” Author George T. Simon

“Inspired playing, arrangements, orchestration, and tasteful wind controller.” Stan Samole, recording artist

“Permit us awe!” Michael Keckhaver, Spectrum Weekly

“great control and mastery of the EVI.” Matt Traum, Patchman Music

“master of the art form. You sound like a fish in water with [the electric funk] stuff.” Beau Bledsoe, recording artist

“beautiful music from the heart.” Hans Stiritz, cinematographer & composer

“Timbre Unlimited!” Michael Keckhaver, Spectrum Weekly

“channeling Miles Davis — beautiful!” Mark Boling, recording artist and educator

“mastery of the EVI and Trumpet, impressed with his writing, BRAVO!” Jim Self, recording artist & educator

“masterful mood painter as a composer and arranger.” Michael Parkinson, jazz artist & educator

“artful and entertaining!” Bob Boury, Resident Composer, UALR

“one the few players who can burn though a set of complicated chord changes and still maintain a sense of beauty and grace.” Tom Strait, recording artist & educator

“maintains the integrity and pureness of jazz, while weaving a tapestry of modernity” Mark Tedder, Worshiplanet