Thomas G. Everett

Thomas G. Everett

Director Emeritus of Bands at Harvard and Jazz Advisor to the Office for the Arts
Thomas Everett

Tom Everett, Director Emeritus of Bands at Harvard and Jazz Advisor to the Office for the Arts, founded the jazz programs at Harvard in 1971. He taught the first jazz course for academic credit at Harvard in 1972. He has also taught at the New England Conservatory, Brown University, the International Trombone Workshop, Indiana University Summer School, and the Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest).

He was the recipient of the 2008 Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award, presented to a nationally recognized educator. As a bass trombonist, Mr. Everett performed with the Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet, Boston Pops, and Boston Opera Orchestras; the Cantata Singers; and the jazz bands of Clark Terry, Phil Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Ray Charles.

Everett conducted on J.J. Johnson’s 1996 CD, The Brass Orchestra (Verve), which was nominated for three Grammy Awards. He has served as assistant to jazz composer-historians André Hodeir and John Lewis and has been published in The InstrumentalistBlack Perspectives in MusicCadenceJournal of Jazz StudiesThe Music Educators National JournalBrass BulletinThe College Band Directors’ National Association JournalThe Journal of the International Trombone Association, and Massachusetts Music News.

A charter member of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Everett is a founder and first president of the International Trombone Association and past president of the New England College Band Association. He has been a panelist for the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and coordinates the Harvard Club of Boston’s Annual Jazz Combo Competition. He holds degrees from Ithaca College and studied privately at the Eastman School of Music.