Tom wakeling, Bass

For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work at jazz festivals, concert halls, and jazz clubs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Tom has performed with many jazz greats, including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, Benny Golson, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Ernie Watts, Scott Hamilton, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, and Herb Geller.  Among the rhythm section greats he has performed with are Albert “Tootie” Heath, Jeff Hamilton, Mickey Roker, Lewis Nash, Butch Miles, Grady Tate, Mike Clark, Chuck Redd, Dave Frishberg, Bill Mays, Tamir Hendleman,  Roger Kellaway, Mike Wofford, Bill Cunliffe, Art Lande, and Edward Simon.

Tom’s “show biz” credits include Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as "Cats",  "A Chorus Line", the Joffrey Ballet, “Grease”, and "Damn Yankees" (with Jerry Lewis). 

An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Stanford University Jazz Workshop, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, Washburn University, University of Nevada, UC Fullerton, University of British Columbia, Wuhan (China) Conservatory of Music, Taichung (Taiwan) University, University of Arizona, Centrum - Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive, Jazz Camp West, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, among others. 

As Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon, (now retired) Tom created Oregon’s first and only state-approved Professional-Technical Certificate in Music Technology.  He also oversaw the design and construction of the college’s first performing arts building on behalf of the Music Department.  CCC’s Niemeyer Center for the Arts continues to serve as a model for other institutions that are planning their own new facilities.  Tom’s book on arts facility planning is a helpful guide for music and arts people who are involved in construction or renovation of their own facilities. 

In addition to his live quartet recording with Juno award-winning Canadian trumpet player Brad Turner, Tom’s recordings include Rebecca Kilgore’s “Moonshadow Dance”, Nancy King’s “Perennial”, "Climbing” with the Alan Jones Sextet, and the Bridge Quartet’s “Night”.

Tom Wakeling, Bass

Photo by Damian Conrad