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About Thomas Schuman


Tom Schuman was born and raised in a jazz household. His father was a powerful jazz bassist and his mother, a jazz singer, gave birth to two boys. Tom, the youngest, grew up playing jazz piano with the help of his father, Wally, who listened religiously to the Oscar Peterson trio. Tom later began playing professionally in his teen years and started recording and touring with the world famous contemporary jazz group, Spyro Gyra, in the late seventies. Since then, Tom has performed on the entire Spyro discography as well as toured around the world with them since the band's inception. Spyro Gyra has earned thirteen Grammy nominations so far.

A few years after marrying his wife, Yvonne in 1996, the newlyweds started a music production company together called JazzBridge Music. Tom has been releasing his self-produced solo CDs on JazzBridge since 1999. He has five CDs on JazzBridge to date. His latest effort, "Designated Planets" was released February of this year. An eclectic blend of many styles of jazz, Designated Planets takes you on an exciting musical journey that will satisfy the tastes of jazz lovers from every genre.

Tom built his own recording facility at his home in Las Vegas named, SchuBox Studios. Using his knowledge of carpentry, electronics, computers, digital audio and software technology, Tom has mastered the art of producing "in the box", as they say. The days of the big multi million dollar recording studios are gone. So the final mix is the only resume of any great producer and studio. The sonic quality and musical integrity of Tom's CDs speak for themselves. Tom's unique recording and producing techniques baffle the most discerning audiophile while his musicianship impresses the finest musicians.

While Tom loves to create new and exciting sounds in his studio, his true passion comes alive on stage. "There is nothing quite like the experience of communicating to an audience through your instrument. It's like mass telepathy on steroids! You know what they want but you give them 200% more."

Thomas Schuman joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 05, 2010