We continue our daily profiles of the musicians involved in the making of the Brooklyn Babylon recording with a look at trumpeter Tom Goehring.
Tom has performed in the New York area for over 20 years, with progressive big bands like J.C. Sanford’s Sound Assembly, Sherisse Rogers' Project Uprising, the Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble, and the Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra, among others, and in small groups with Gene Perla, Virginia Mayhew, and Rob Middleton, among others. He's a longtime member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, which afforded him the opportunity to study with composers Jim McNeely, Manny Albam, Mike Holober, and Michael Abene. He holds a Bachelor of Political Science from Columbia University, and while still a teenager, Tom hosted a couple of music shows on WWUH in West Hartford, and is also a veteran of WKCR.
Tom recently moved to Nazareth, PA from nearby Bethlehem, PA, because long ago he made a vow to abide only in towns that have been name-checked in songs by The Band or Neil Young. Tom is the kind of person who, when offered the opportunity to drink free beer in an airport VIP lounge before a long overnight flight, reflexively responds "What kind of beer?" In fact, plans for his upcoming nuptials were almost derailed by a fight over the beer list. Tom has never been not much of a TV watcher, but in the interests of cultural literacy, he's recently engaged in a crash course in the televisual entertainments of the past two decades. So far, he's up to season six of South Park ("The Biggest Douche in the Universe," "Red Sleigh Down"). At this rate, in another ten years he'll be excitedly running up to everyone he knows all like "Dude, have you heard about this cop show called The Wire? It's amazing!"
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Brooklyn Babylon, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician. If you would like to sponsor Tom's appearance on our new album, or lend your support at any level, you have seven days left to be part of our Kickstarter campaign.
MUSICIANS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP: Erica von Kleist • Rob Wilkerson • Sam Sadigursky • John Ellis • Josh Sinton • Seneca Black • Tom Goehring • Matt Holman • Nadje Noordhuis • Ryan Keberle• James Hirschfeld • Sebastian Noelle • Gordon Webster • Matt Clohesy • Jon Wikan