Jazz trombonist Tom Brantley was born in Louisiana to parents who were both band directors. He grew up listening to a wide variety of music - jazz, classical, Cajun, blues, R&B, rock, country - with a grandfather who served as president of the Louisiana Bluegrass Society.
Tom earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a master's degree from the University of North Texas. While a grad student, he performed with the Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band; he also made several recordings and toured Europe with the group.
He joined the chamber group Rhythm & Brass in 1995 and has toured with them regularly all over the United States and throughout the world including tours of Japan and the Middle East. He has recorded 5 CDs with Rhythm & Brass including the Duke Ellington tribute More Money Jungle, which was named "Album of the Week" by the New York Times in 1998.
Boneyard is Brantley's first solo CD project and was released by Summit Records in March of 2009. The CD includes several newly commissioned works for trombone in a variety of jazz settings as well as new arrangements of classic jazz standards.
Tom Brantley is Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Florida.
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