Thomas Walsh

Thomas Walsh's Biography

Tom Walsh is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies Department Chair at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. An active performer of jazz and classical music, he has presented concerts and workshops in South Africa, China, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica and across the United States. Premiere performances include Scott Jones's concert band arrangement of Russell Peck's The Upward Stream (2013), Chris Rutkowski's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (2008) and David Baker's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (2004). He was featured on Basically Baker 2 with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (Patois Record, 2016), Mike Hackett's CD New Point of View (Summit Records, 2013) and on two CDs released on the IUMusic label: Holiday Celebration (2011) and Sylvia McNair Romance (2012). His solo CD release Intersections (Arizona University Recordings, 2010) features Luke Gillespie on piano. Earlier solo CDs include New Life (2002) and Shaking the Pumpkin (1998). Other CD releases include the David Baker Concerto with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Paul Freeman Introduces David Baker, Volume XII-- Albany Recordings), Basically Baker with the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (GM Recordings) and Sky Scrapings: Saxophone Music of Don Freund (AUR Recordings). 

Dr. Walsh has performed and presented at conferences of the International Association for Jazz Education, the Jazz Education Network, the North American Saxophone Alliance and the World Saxophone Congress. A Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Artist, he has taught at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops since 1991.

Dr. Walsh holds degrees in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies from Indiana University, where his principal teachers were distinguished classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau and renowned jazz educator David Baker. Other influential teachers in his development were Mike Tracy, Pat LaBarbera, Jerry Coker and David Liebman.

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