Tatum Greenblatt, who has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the NYC music scene, has endorsed J4JA’s fight to win basic fairness for talented jazz players in New York City clubs.
Gifted from an early age, a turning point in Tatum’s education and development came when he participated in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Band competition. There he met Wynton Marsalis–later to name him as one of his favorite up-and-coming trumpet players–and received a three hour private lesson. Greenblatt moved to New York City at 18 to study at the New School and later went on to earn a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School.
Greenblatt has performed with Marsalis as well as with Joe Lovano, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Richard Bona, Blood Sweat & Tears, Maria Schneider, Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, India Arie, George Gruntz, Donny McCaslin, Christian McBride, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Reggie Workman, George Garzone and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He spent more than five years touring worldwide with The Richard Bona Group and Mingus Bands, performing in more than 40 countries on 6 continents, and can be heard frequently around New York City with groups such as The Mingus Big Band, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, The Fat Cat Big Band, and Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra. Tatum has also appeared on dozens of recordings with a wide variety of artists including Captain Black Big Band, George Gruntz, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Grizzly Bear, and the soundtrack to the motion picture The Longest Week.
Tatum also cares about giving back and has frequently taken on the role of music educator. He taught for five years with the Midori and Friends Program where he taught jazz band and private lessons at an inner city New York high school. He has also served as a small-ensemble instructor at The New School and Temple University, taught education workshops internationally during his time at Juilliard, and recently led workshops with The Mingus Big Band at the University of Vermont at their annual Mingus High School Competition and festival.
Tatum’s latest album, Imprints, his third as a leader, was released to critical acclaim in March, 2012, earning a “Critic’s Pick” from DownBeat Magazine. Tatum also appeared in the 2011 film New Year’s Eve, directed by Garry Marshall, as a member of “Jensen” (Jon Bon Jovi’s) band. For more on Tatum Greenblatt visit www.tatumgreenblatt.com.