School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Music : Faculty

Peter Tomlinson

Adjunct Instructor of Music
Applied Jazz Piano, Jazz and Commercial Piano Class, Jazz Combos
Peter Tomlinson

Pianist/composer Peter Tomlinson holds a BFA from SUNY New Paltz. He hasalso studied with Barry Harris, Warren Bernhardt and Mulgrew Miller.

Peter has been an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut since 1990. He has also taught instrumental music and directed stage bands, grade 3-12,  for the Paul Effman Music Service since 1992. In 2006 Peter became an associate professor of jazz piano at Vassar College. Other teaching experiences include jazz clinics and coaching high school All-State jazz bands.

Recordings include albums with Grammy Award winner Jay Ungar, “The Lover’s Waltz”, and Mark Dziuba, “Son of Cramdon”, also featuring Adam Nussbaum and Jay Anderson. Of Peter’s own albums, “Momentum” , on the Compose label, featured musicians include Dick Oatts, Dave Douglas and Jimmy Cobb. Rhodes Spedale of Jazz Times Magazine says, “ He’s talented, lyrical, imaginative, and swinging- all the necessary attributes of a fine pianist.” Peter’s 2003 album, “For Evans’ Sake” is a duo with guitarist Peter Einhorn. Jim Hall wrote “ It’s amazing… I loved it!” In 2007 he recorded with singer Bar Scott and bassist Lou Pappas, “ A Little Dream”. Other musicians Peter has worked with include Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Laurel Masse, jazz tap legend Honi Coles and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant.

Peter is constantly in demand as a leader of small jazz combos as well as sideman and accompanist to jazz vocalists.

“Billie Holiday Tribute” with vcolist, violinist Betty MacDonald. 2008
“A Little Dream” with vocalist Bar Scott. 2008
“For Evans’ Sake” a duo with guitarist Peter Einhorn. 2004.
Co produced, arranged and played on Katie Bowen’s “Humans Don’t Fly”. Featuring Ira Coleman. 2001.
“The Lover’s Waltz” with Grammy Award winner Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Angel Records, 1997.
“Son Of Cramdon” with Mark Dziuba, also featuring Jay Anderson and Adam Nussbaum. 1996.
“Momentum” My own group featuring Jimmy Cobb, Dave Douglas and Dick Oatts. 1991, Compose Label. Excellent review in Jazz Times Magazine.