It has been several years since Tom Lagana and I have had the chance to talk. Let's just say that he's a BUSY man. Here's why: Tom's a Jazz guitarist - but also well known for his master classes in Classical. And he has performed with orchestras: he has played with the NSO, alongside Eric Idle of Monty Python. And was with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra when John Waters celebrated his 30th anniversary of "Hair Spray." He's also a composer and bandleader and he takes his teaching abilities very seriously. Towson State University (where he received his Masters of Music) and the University of Maryland are two wonderful institutions that are grateful to him.
So you see that it has been a TAD tricky to rope Tom into another interview! The last time was when we were face-to-face in a radio station's studio. And we were focusing on Tom's last CD - which is why we're catching up NOW - because he has a new one! "Vol. 1" is what this beautiful collecton is called, featuring the group with George Garzone. With Bossa, Jazz favorites and originals. Exceptional music by a seasoned and passionate artist who was mentored by the legendary Charlie Byrd. So close a relationship was theirs that Charlie hand-picked Tom to play at his favorite watering hole (also legendary), The King of France Tavern. That's where Tom & his Trio became fixtures.
There has been much that Tom has seen in his wonderfully satisfying career - early success came in the Walt Disney Jazz Band in Orlando, Florida. He also won the Sidney Lieberman Competition, an award that is usually given to pianists. Tom was the first guitarist to be honored. "Just Jazz Guitar" featured his analysis of Pat Metheny's work, which thrilled Pat. Learn more about Tom at www.tomlagana.net
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