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Tedesco, Thomas (Lucio)

Tedesco, Thomas (Lucio), guitarist, educator, author, inventor; b. Los Angeles, CA, 2 February 1943. While an infant, his family moved to Omaha, NE. His father, Thomas Salvatore Tedesco, b. Omaha, NE Aug. 27, 1916; mother, Maxine Ann Scott, b. Rodgers, AK Oct 8, 1916. He has one sibling, a sister, JoAnne Monastero, b. Oct. 29, 1941. 

Thomas was given accordion lessons at age 7 and, after a childhood filled with an unexpressed yearning to play the guitar, taught himself to play as a young adult. From the very first, he was dedicated to jazz music. In 1969, he moved back to Los Angeles and became active in the creative music scene in Venice, CA, and the Southern California area. However, Thomas kept one foot in academia, earning an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Santa Monica City College in 1977, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills in 1984, and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Cal State University, Long Beach in 1999. Thomas studied composition under George Heussenstam at Cal State, Dominguez Hills (1983), Jazz Theory and Improvisation under John Prince (1997) and guitar under Ron Eschete (1997) at Cal State University, Long Beach.

Thomas began teaching music/guitar in 1974 in a variety of public and private institutions: College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA; UCLA Extension's ARTSREACH; Dept. of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles; Los Angeles Unified School District; Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys CA; Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA; California Institute For Men, Chino CA. In addition, Thomas has invented a two-wheel handcart that converts into a seat, with adjustable height from chair to bar stool. His handcart is designed to transport instruments, as well as provide seating for the performance, patent pending.

Through the years, Thomas has performed continuously as a guitarist in the club and concert scene in Southern California with his ensemble, as well as with musicians including:  Frank Morgan, Ray Draper, Don Preston, Nate Morgan, Bobby Bradford, John Carter, Horace Tapscott, Blue Mitchell, Henry Franklin, Roberto Miranda, Jeffery Littleton, William Jeffery, Garnett Brown, Sherman Ferguson, Donald Dean, William Henderson, Jane Getz, Ken Filiano, Eric Von Essen, Alex Cline, Cecilia Coleman, Dwight Dickerson, James Newton, Arther Blythe, Jerry Rush, and Louie Spears. 
In addition, Thomas has performed with poets Wanda Coleman, Berry Simon, and Bob Alexandra; and spoken word artist Iris Lord. In 1975, he formed a duo with Tablist Richard Aldorasi.

For the last 10 years, Thomas has been a member of a committee that organizes a jazz festival, "Jazz at Palms Court," every fall. Proceeds benefit the Venice Community Housing Corporation which provides low income housing and job training to at risk youth. Thomas books and coordinates the jazz program, and also performs with his group at the festival.

 Thomas Tedesco and Ocean (1983); Don't Ever Be Afraid To Be Ascared (1998)
Radio broadcasts:
Live radio performances on: KPFK-FM, Louis Miranda's Jazz Show, 1976;
KCRW-FM, Tom Schnable's Morning Becomes Eclectic, 1978.

Works By Tedesco:
"An Improvisational Concept For The Jazz Guitar," Luco Publishing, 2002
"Porcincuela," Composition commissioned by the LA River Restoration Committee 2002
Reviews: Jazz Times, June1984; Down Beat, Sept. 1983, Four Stars; LA Reader Record Mix 1983; Ottawa Citizen, Jazz, March 1983; Sunday World Herald Omaha Entertainment Feb. 1983;
der Jazzfreund, Germany, June 1985; LA Jazz Scene CD Reviews, Nov. 2001; Marge Hofacre's Jazz News, Fall 2000; Los Angeles Times Calendar, May 2000;
IAJRD Journal, Summer Vol. 34, No. 3, 2001; All About Jazz, March 2001; Michael G. Nastos internet review 2000; j@zz hot internet, Supplement No. 576, 2001
Write-ups: Daily Variety Arts Mag, "UCLA Schoenberg Hall Concert," Jan. 1986
LA Times Calendar Section, Jan. 1986
LA Reader "The Scene," Feb. 1991
L.A. Times Magazine, "High Notes Jazz In L.A.," Wanda Coleman, Jan. 1993
LA Reader "The Scene," Kirk Silsbee, 1993
Westside Weekly, Jazz at Palms Court, Sept. 1995
Marina Del Rey Argonaut, Jazz at Palms Court, Sept. 1995
Marina Del Rey Argonaut, Jazz at Palms Court, Sept. 1997
Just Jazz Guitar "Caught In the Act," May 1999
Jazz Times, Awards and Honors, Jan./Feb. 2000
LA Jazz Scene, "Around Town," Bob Agnew, Feb. 2000

California Arts Council Grant, 3 Years. To assemble a jazz ensemble, write and arrange the music, teach a theory/improvisation and guitar class at California State Prison, Lancaster, CA, 1999.
Certificate of Tribute from Zev Yaroslavsky, Councilman 5th District, City of Los Angeles, For Outstanding Community Service as an Instructor in the ARTSREACH Program 1988.

Contact information:
Tel: (323) 734-9867

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