For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in concert halls, jazz nightclubs, recording studios, and at music festivals throughout North America and Europe.
Tom’s bass versatility has supported a wide range of jazz artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, Benny Golson, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, and Herb Geller. Among the rhythm section greats he has performed with are Jeff Hamilton, Lewis Nash, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Mickey Roker, Butch Miles, Grady Tate, Mike Clark, Bill Mays, Tamir Hendleman, Roger Kellaway, Mike Wofford, Bill Cunliffe, and Dave Frishberg.
Tom’s “show biz” credits include Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as "Cats", "A Chorus Line", the Joffrey Ballet, “Grease”, and "Damn Yankees" (with Jerry Lewis).
An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Stanford University Jazz Workshop, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University, University of Kansas, University of Arizona, Washburn University, University of Nevada, University of British Columbia, Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, Jazz Camp West, Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, among others. He served as Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon for a number of years.
In addition to his live quartet recording with Juno award-winning Canadian trumpet player Brad Turner, Tom’s recordings include “Another View” with Alan Jones and Francois Theberge, Nancy King’s “Perennial”, "Climbing” with the Alan Jones Sextet, and the Bridge Quartet’s “Night”.