BIOGRAPHY

"Jazz is a team sport; it is the real time, live interplay between players that creates the real magic " - T. McCormick

Saxophonist and flutist, Tom McCormick, has been a fixture on the South Florida jazz scene for over twenty-five years. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Tom studied at the acclaimed Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and soon after began teaching at the University. He is currently the saxophone professor at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. Tom has performed with some of the biggest names in the business including: Sheila E., Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Nicole Henry, Mongo Santamaria, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the O’Jays, Celia Cruz, Donna Summer, Patti Austin and Lou Rawls. For many years he was the principal saxophonist with the Miami Symphony. Music has taken Tom around the world. He has performed throughout Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Japan and India. Besides being a multi-instrumentalist, Tom is also an accomplished composer and arranger.

Some of the artists Tom McCormick has performed and recorded with:

JAZZ

Mongo Santamaria

Joe Henderson

Arturo Sandoval

Patti Austin

Lou Rawls

Sheila E

Cab Calloway

Kevin Mahogany

Phil Woods

Dave Liebman

Milt Hinton

Roy Ayers

Randy Brecker

Ira Sullivan

Duffy Jackson

Pete Escovedo

Joe Lovano

Bobby Caldwell

Sammy Figueroa

POP

KC & the Sunshine Band

Donna Summers

the Temptations

the O'Jays

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Kenny Rodgers

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

Jack Jones

Jimmy Buffet

LATIN

Celia Cruz

Thalia

La India

Jon Secada

Angela Carrasco

Camilo Sesto

Luis Enrique

Jerry Rivera

Larry Harlow

Gilberto Santa Rosa

 Bobby Cruz

the Mario Ortiz Allstar Band

BIG BAND

The Miami Big Sound Orchestra

South Florida Jazz Orchestra

Harry James Orchestra

Jaco Pastorius Big Band

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

Gene Krupa Orchestra

Sunshine Pops Orchestra

Melton Mustafa Orchestra

SYMPHONIC

Baltimore Symphony

Florida Philharmonic

Miami Symphony

New World Symphony

Palm Beach Pops Orchestra

Naples Philharmonic

EDUCATION

University of Miami, DMA in Jazz Composition, in progress (ABD)

University of Miami, MM in Jazz Performance, 1995

University of Maryland at Baltimore County, BA in Visual and Performing Arts, 1982

Towson University, attended 1974 to 1978, Music Education

TEACHING EXPERIENCE​

Miami-Dade College, adjunct professor, 1998-present

courses taught: Jazz and Popular Music in America, Jazz Workshop, Studio Jazz, Music

Appreciation, Music Theory, Woodwind Techniques, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

New World School of the Arts, adjunct professor, 2002-present

course taught: Saxophone

University of Miami, instructor, 1998

course taught: the Evolution of Jazz

University of Miami, graduate teaching assistant, 1993-1998

courses taught: Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Swing Class

directed: Small Jazz Ensembles, Saxophone Quartet, Saxophone Forum

Private Music Instructor, 1974-present

courses taught: saxophone, flute, jazz improvisation

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