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Thomas R. Baldwin

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Lecturer, Jazz Double Bass
Jazz Studies
Combo Coach, Jazz Ensembles

1118 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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Double Bass

Tom Baldwin, bassist, composer, and recording artist, was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. After earning a BM in Jazz Studies at Ithaca College, he returned to the Baltimore - Washington metropolitan area and is now among the most in-demand bassists of the region. Since winning second place in the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition, Baldwin has had the opportunity to work with a slew of prominent jazz artists, including instrumentalists Eric Alexander, Gene Bertoncini, Stanley Cowell, George Garzone, Tutti Heath, Fred Hersch, Tim Hagans, Harold Mabern, James Moody, and James Williams, as well as vocalists Michael Feinstein, Eartha Kitt, Bernadette Peters, and Kenny Rankin. He has performed at such venues as Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, The Meyerhoff, Strathmore, Wolftrap, and the Library of Congress.

Baldwin’s self-produced CD Glom On To This features his own compositions. He has appeared as a sideman on over 25 other CD’s, notably Steve Herberman’s Ideals. The 2009 release stayed on the Jazzweek national airplay chart for 13 weeks, peaking at number 10. Guitarist Vic Juris wrote in the liner notes for Ideals, “Bassist Tom Baldwin is one of the best of the new breed that I have heard in a number of years. He accompanies the trio flawlessly and has impeccable intonation and accuracy.”

An active clinician, Tom is a regular faculty member at the Maryland Summer Jazz camp, and has been a clinician or adjudicator for various Jazz festivals and workshops at the collegiate and high school level. For more information,