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In a career that began while The Beatles were still active, Tom Bergeron has performed throughout the United States, and in France, Poland, Germany, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

He has appeared with internationally-renown artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Hal Blaine, Anthony Braxton, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Robert Cray, Mason Williams, Myron Florin, Vinnie Golia, Dick Hyman, Oliver Lake, Glen Moore, Bernadette Peters, Bobby Shew, The Fifth Dimension, The Temptations, Sunny Turner, Lynn Anderson, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, and Marin Alsop's String Fever.

Tom has premiered dozens of new concert works for the saxophone, and is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on multiphonics, the esoteric technique of producing several notes at once on the saxophone. He also draws musical inspiration from the jazz heritage and other music traditions from around the world. In the 1980s, he studied with the late Zimbabwean master-percussionist Dumisani Maraire, and was a founding member of the Eugene, Oregon-based African marimba group Shumba.

Since 2000 Tom has been deeply involved in studying, playing, and teaching Brazilian music, returning regularly to Brazil to hear and play choro, samba, bossa nova, frevo, and Brazilian jazz. This passion led to the formation of the Tom Bergeron Brasil Band, which plays regularly throughout Oregon’s Willamette Valley and beyond.

Tom began his musical journey as a multi-instrumentalist in New England, studying piano and music theory with Roland Belisle, who learned stride piano from Fats Waller. In the late 1960s, Tom met the legendary concert saxophonist and teacher Donald Sinta, with whom he studied while in high school and graduate school. Upon moving to Oregon in 1981, Tom earned a doctorate in saxophone, studying with J. Robert Moore, who was among the last generation of students of Marcel Mule, the French Godfather of the saxophone.

Tom's first professional experiences date to 1968, when he joined the New Hampshire Philharmonic as a bassoonist, and he formed his first band — The Tom Bergeron Dance Band — which played music of the Great American Songbook and The Beatles for wedding receptions and other parties throughout New Hampshire.

Bergeron has performed and/or recorded as a leader or sideman with many bands and ensembles, including Whirled News, Whirled Jazz, The American Metropole Orchestra, Cathexis Orchestra, Western Rebellion, Labirynt, the Hagberg/Bergeron Quartet, the Midnight Serenaders, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Center Stage, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Pittsburg New Music Ensemble, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Festival of American Music, Oregon Coast Music Festival, Cascade Festival of Music, Kansas City Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Newport Symphony, and Grande Ronde Symphony.

When he's not making music or teaching music theory at Western Oregon University, Tom often can be found kayaking and swimming in the lakes of the Oregon Cascades or walking the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

© Tom Bergeron 2014