Guest Artists

Tom Garling

After attending the Berklee College of Music for two years, Tom’s first break into the professional jazz scene was with Buddy Rich in 1986 at the age of twenty. After touring with Buddy for a year, he was offered a full scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where he received his Master’s degree in 1992, majoring in Jazz Composition and Arranging with an emphasis in studio jazz writing. Shortly thereafter, Maynard Ferguson hired him as Trombonist and Musical Director from 1992-1998.

 His writing and playing can be heard on albums by Maynard, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Dianne Schuur, Michael Feinstein, Frank Mantooth, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Chicago Yestet, to name a few. He has been in high demand for the past 30 years as performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, teacher, director, clinician, and professional musician at any capacity.

He currently resides in the Chicago area and maintains a busy schedule consisting of teaching, writing, performing and recording, and touring. Recent appearances have been with Frank Sinatra Jr., the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Yestet, and numerous Clinician/Guest soloist performances throughout the country. He is teaching both privately and in numerous institutions around the Chicago area in the fields of jazz composition and arranging, jazz trombone, jazz theory and jazz improvisation.

 Tom Garling plays a modified King 2B “Jiggs Whigam” model trombone and a King 7C mouthpiece.


Aaron Goldberg

Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the-chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name worldwide as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with the finest exponents of the music. As a bandleader Aaron’s passion for swing, melody and groove has long been paired with a keen appreciation of other musical cultures, as documented on his 5 acclaimed trio albums and over 80 more as a co-leader and collaborator.

 As a high school student at Milton Academy in Boston, Aaron was introduced to jazz by bassist-educator Bob Sinicrope and master saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. As Aaron puts it, “At first improvisation was a mystery and a puzzle, but soon it became a profound inner and outer journey as life and music entwined.” After receiving awards from Berklee College of Music and Downbeat Magazine, Aaron moved to New York City at age 17 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and devoted his off-hours to performing in New York clubs.

 Aaron returned to Boston a year later to pursue a degree at Harvard College, intent to balance his budding musical career with academic interests at the intersection of psychology and philosophy. His course of study was facilitated when Harvard created an interdisciplinary program in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, and he graduated magna cum laude in 1996 as the first student to receive this new degree. While in college he lived a double existence, juggling his studies with an equally intense performing life both in Boston and New York, including a multiyear association with the iconic Betty Carter.

Upon graduation he promptly moved to New York, formed his first longstanding trio featuring his peers Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, and began touring worldwide with such multigenerational masters as Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Al Foster, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Despite a demanding touring schedule at the world’s most high-profile venues, Aaron has also maintained both his academic and sociopolitical interests, receiving a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Tufts University in 2010. Over a 16 year span Aaron produced and performed in Jazz for America’s Future, four major fundraising concerts for the presidential campaigns of Kerry, Obama and Clinton. He is also a frequent visitor to Haiti for a variety of educational and musical projects.

 Aaron is a faculty member at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and William Paterson University and a frequent clinician at conservatories, universities and workshops worldwide. He is the co-arranger/composer of the Baby Loves Jazz collection of books and cd’s, and for a decade has been the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series. Aaron’s upcoming album is a new trio project featuring Matt Penman on bass and the dynamic Leon Parker on drums and body/vocal percussion. Aaron resides in New York City.