Tom Artwick Lecturer, Applied Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation
Wilson Hall 3038
Originally from Chicago, Tom Artwick has also lived and worked in Seattle and Honolulu before settling in Lexington, Virginia,
Tom has performed in the orchestra for several Broadway touring musical theater companies and numerous concert artists including Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Crystal Gayle, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Bob Hope, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Toni Tenille, Wayne Newton, Red Skelton, Mac Davis, Jim Nabors, Steve Allen, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Melba Moore, Dianne Schuur, Anita O’Day, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Watrous, Gary Morris, Larry Elgart, Les Elgart, Pete Barbutti, Louie Belson, Clark Terry, Cedar Walton, the Inkspots, and the Modernaires. He has played at thousands of parties, small and large.
Since moving to Virginia, Tom has performed regularly at area resorts, hotels, clubs, and concert venues, including the Greenbrier, the Homestead, Wintergreen, the Hotel Roanoke, Garth Newell Center, Washington and Lee University, Virginia Tech, and the Jefferson Center.
Tom was co-founder and musical director of the fifteen piece Jazz Hawaii Big Band in Honolulu, and musical director for the University of Washington Chamber Dance Company production of “Rooms”.
Tom has worked as a studio musician on commercials and soundtracks for Disney, Pepsi, Hertz, Ford and other major clients. In addition, he has appeared on countless demos and albums of local artists of all genres. Most recently, he can be heard on his 2013 release Jazz Scenes on Max Frank Music.
Since graduating from Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois, Tom has maintained a steady teaching studio. He currently teaches saxophone and jazz improvisation at Washington and Lee University, Southern Virginia University, and in his private studio.