Faculty Bio

Peter Tomlinson

Adjunct Artist in Music

Jazz Piano

BFA, SUNY New Paltz

Since 1990, Peter has been an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut. In 2006, he joined the Music Department at Vassar College, and in 2010, he started at Poughkeepsie Day School, teaching piano to students K-12. Peter also teaches instrumental music for Paul Effman Music. Other teaching experiences include jazz clinics and coaching high school All-State jazz bands.  Peter has  studied with Barry Harris, Armen Donelian and Warren Bernhardt.

Recordings include albums with Grammy Award winner Jay Ungar, “The Lover’s Waltz”, Mark Dziuba, “Son of Cramdon” and Nancy Donnelly, "Lyrics From The Heart". Of Peter’s own albums, “Momentum” on the Compose label, featured musicians include Dick Oatts, Dave Douglas and Jimmy Cobb. Jazz Times Magazine says, “He’s talented, lyrical, imaginative, and swinging- all the necessary attributes of a fine pianist.” Peter’s 2003 album, “For Evans’ Sake”, is a duo with guitarist Peter Einhorn. Jim Hall wrote “ It’s amazing… I loved it!” In 2007 he recorded with singer Bar Scott and bassist Lou Pappas, “ A Little Dream”. Other musicians Peter has worked with include Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Laurel Masse, jazz tap legend Honi Coles, and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant. Performances include the Bel Aire Music Festival, American Dance Festival at Delacourte Theater, the Maverick concert series, and many college appearances.  He is a highly sought out leader for small jazz combos, as well as sideman and accompanist to jazz vocalists.