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Hubbard, Tom (Thomas George)

Hubbard, Tom (Thomas George), bassist composer; b. St. Paul, MN, 21 October 1957. He was the seventh of eight children of Miles and Elizabeth Hubbard. Of his four sisters, three studied piano. Of his three brothers, two were musicians: Patrick, a professional drummer and younger brother Robert, a french horn player who became a music journalist for the Knight-Ridder newspapers.

Tom began electric bass at age twelve, studying from age 14-18 with bassist and electronic music composer Richard Paske. At 17 he took up the double bass, studying with Art Gold of the Minnesota Orchestra.  After Art's untimely death in 1977, Tom continued his studies with Art's section mate George Stahl until 1983.  He received a BA in music performance and visual arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis in 1981.

Concurrent with his classical studies with Stahl, he began jazz studies with renowned jazz bassist Richard Davis at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. During this time he also participated in master classes by many esteemed classical and jazz bassists including Gary Karr, Bertram Turetzky, Paul Ellison, Ray Brown and Dave Holland. At Holland's urging he auditioned and was accepted into the jazz program at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts: an intensive program of lectures, seminars and performance opportunities with the likes of Holland, Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Leibman, Kenny Wheeler, and many others.

On returning to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Tom was in demand as a recording session player for jazz and folk artists and was often called on to accompany visiting jazz luminaries including Kenny Barron, Jay McShann, Charlie Rouse, Al Cohn, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Mose Allison, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, and Dannie Richmond.

In the fall of 1989, Tom moved to New York City where he continued his studies with Holland.  He began performing with some of the fine young players on the scene at that time including guitarists Ron Affif and Dave Stryker, saxophonist Rick Margitza, and trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Jim Rotundi.  He also played with such veteran players as Randy Brecker, Dewey Redman and Beaver Harris. In the summer of 1992, Tom began a five year association with Freddy Cole, pianist, singer and brother of the late Nat King Cole.  He performed on and wrote arrangements for seven of Freddy's CD's, recordings that feature such players as Cyrus Chestnut, Robin Eubanks, Javon Jackson, Antonio Hart, Larry Willis and Grover Washington, Jr.  Tom also contributed arrangements for Grover's 1994 Sony Music release, All My Tomorrows and for bassist George Mraz's Milestone CD's Jazz  (1996) and Basslines (1997). Since 1998 Tom's been working with various artists including singer Chris Connor, trumpeter John McNeil and saxophonists Dave Pietro and Andy Middleton.

In 1993 Tom was chosen by Meet the Composer New York to write an original work for the internationally recognized new music ensemble Zeitgeist.  The piece was premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in May of 1995.

Tribute to Mingus (1992)

As sideperson:
Ann Reed: Carpediem; Jan Marra: These Crazy Years; Zeitgeist: Bowers, Stockhausen, Demars (1980); Eddie Berger: Bebop and Soda (1982); Zeitgeist: Zephyr (1983), Too Many (1984); Freddie Cole: A Circle of Love (1993), Freddy Cole Live At Vartan Jazz (1994), This is the Life (1995), Always (1995), I Want a Smile for Christmas (1995), A Circle of Love (1996), To The Ends Of The Earth (1997); Dave Pietro: Woodwinds On Fire (1996); Marvio Ciribelli: Nazareth na Confraria (1998); Tim Lyddon: I've Traveled So Far (1999); Haze Greenfield: Paris Review Soundtrack (2001); Elizabeth Soychak: Behave Yourself (2001); Stephanie Pope: Now's the Time to Fall In Love (2001); John McNeil (2003)

Radio and Television broadcasts:
Freddy Cole, BET on Jazz show with Lou Rawls (1994)
Freddy Cole, NHK (Japan) Mina Aoe Anniversary Special (1998)
Freddy Cole, OGlobo (Brazil) Jo Soares Show (1995)
Freddy Cole, OGlobo (Brazil) Jo Soares Show (1996)

"Homecoming for Tom Hubbard" St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct. 12, 1993 "Hotwax" (review) Tom Hubbard Quintet & Nonet, Tribute to Mingus
St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct. 10, 1993
"Twin Cities Music Critics' Poll" City Pages Music Quarterly Jan. 19, 1994       

1993: Awarded a commission from Meet The Composer, New York to compose a jazz inspired work for the new music ensemble Zeitgeist, premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in May of 1995.
1989: Awarded a Jerome Foundation travel and study grant for composition and performance studies at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts.

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