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  • Tony Corman (2004)

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    I graduated Berklee College of Music in 1977, with a degree in saxophone performance, and had an active career playing sax and flute from then until 2002. Highlights include years of playing lead alto with the Full Faith and Credit big band, culminating in the recording of the FF&C III album. With my wife, pianist Laura Klein and my ace buddy, saxophonist Dave Tidball, I was part of the jazz sextet Triceratops. I was the evil kingpin behind Three Tenors No Opera, too.

    I'd probably still be playing horn today, but in 2002 I developed a movement disorder called focal dystonia, which affected my jaw and compelled me to stop playing. At that point I switched to guitar, studying jazz with Duncan James and Steve Erquiaga, and classical with Ron Galen and Pat O'Brien. Since then, I've been fortunate enough to arrange, play on, and coproduce Jenny Ferris' Johnny Mercer CD, play whatever gigs come my way, and compose and arrange as the muse dictates.

    I've done some writing for big band, and several of my arrangements have found their way into the book of the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (I used to play sax with them, too). Here's an original called Mellow Tonin' as performed by the CJO on September 3, 2007 live at Pearl's, Amor Fati, played by the College of San Mateo Night Band, and Sugar, also played by the College of San Mateo Night Band.

    I'm always interested in new projects and in hearing from old friends and anyone interested in hiring a jazz guitar player or composer/arranger. I'm especially interested in producing jazz recording projects.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes Laura (Verve)
    # 2 Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music Adagio ma non Troppo (Columbia)
    # 3 Bobby Vince Paunetto and the CTM Band with Guests Commit to Memory Sognord (Tonga)
    # 4 Joyce Feminina/Agua e Luz Misteriós (EMI)
    # 5 Itiberê Orquestra Familia Pedro do Espia Na Carioca (Jam Music)
    # 6 Guinga Delirio Carioca Passarinhadeira (Velas)
    # 7 Milton Nascimento Clube da Esquina 2 Olho d'Agua (EMI Hemisphere)
    # 8 Claude Debussy Nocturnes Boston Symphony conducted by Claudio Abbado Fêtes from "Triptyque Symphonique pour Orchestre et Choeurs" (Deutsche Grammophon)
    Book Robert Penn Warren, "All the King's Men"
    Luxury Item An unlimited supply of 15-year-old Laphroaig
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