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Tom Pierce, 2014 Jazz Hero


Tom PierceThe Jazz Journalists Association will present longtime APFJ member and former vice president Tom Pierce its 2014 Jazz Hero award. Tom was unanimously nominated by the APFJ board, and will receive the award at the Schenectady Musical Union’s Jazz Appreciation August Gala on April 27 in Robb Alley at Proctors in Schenectady.

Tom has been an active supporter of the Capital Region jazz community in many ways. He has written CD and concert reviews and articles for a number of Jazz websites, including groups.yahoo.com/group/songbirds, allaboutjazz.com, and albanyjazz.com. He has delivered several well-received DVD jazz presentations at a variety of community and commercial venues in Albany, Guilderland, Saratoga and Schenectady.

Tom has been guest host on Albany Jazz Hero Bill McCann’s "Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz" show on WCDB Albany. To further provide information on his activities and music preferences in one place, he also designed and maintained since 2007, the website vocaltraditions.com.

In addition to these activities sharing jazz with the public, he provided direct assistance to a number of Jazz vocalists and instrumentalists creating CDs in both New York City and the Capital Region. This has included financing, coordinating copyright requirements, publicizing, promoting and in the case of Colleen Pratt, serving as executive producer of her 2007 release "I Thought About You."

Perhaps his work that has most significantly contributed to the local jazz community has been his support of A Place for Jazz from 2001 to the present. He began, at the request of founder Butch Conn, whom he met in 2001 on his very first day in the area, by writing reviews and articles for their quarterly newsletter; and also serving on their Advisory Committee, choosing artists for their annual concerts.

Tom’s diverse contributions to APFJ have also included grant work, organizational budgeting and planning, publicity, communication and a constant search for ways to continue growth and improvement.

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