“A young, creative trumpeter with a very impressive range
and an appealing sound.”—Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist
World-class jazz trumpet player TOM PERON delights listeners with his warm, full-bodied
tones and flawless articulation. He was inspired and encouraged by his father who played
trumpet with the Sacramento (California) Symphony for 25 years.
In 1982, Peron joined a group led by the extraordinary pianist Jessica Williams, one of his
strongest boosters. She introduced him to a fiery San Francisco drummer who had worked with
her for years — Bud Spangler. Peron and Spangler felt a mutual rapport and respect as they
began performing together. “It was love at first note,” Spangler recalls.
With John Wiitala on bass and Jessica Williams on piano, Peron and Spangler recorded their
debut album as leaders, Interplay, released by Monarch Records in 1994. It is a swinging mix of
standards composed by such legends as Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and George Gershwin,
plus two Tom Peron originals. It quickly climbed the Gavin radio charts and was one of
Monarch’s best sellers.
Playing “straight-ahead jazz for the 21st Century” the Peron/Spangler group draws inspiration
from legendary collaborations of jazz horn players and drummers such as Clifford Brown and
Max Roach; the John Coltrane Quartet with Elvin Jones; and Miles Davis with his procession of
fine drummers — Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb and Tony Williams.
Jazz journalist Scott Yanow proclaims, “The conclusion one reaches after listening to the
stimulating music of the Tom Peron/Bud Spangler Quartet is that there is still plenty of life to be
found in straight-ahead jazz.” Alex Henderson, reviewing Interplay in JazzIz: “...this unit
satisfies...A very warm and melody-conscious improviser, Peron brings to mind the Miles Davis
or Chet Baker school of heartfelt lyricism, but he has obviously absorbed the ideas of brassier
trumpeters like Kenny Dorham and Clifford Brown as well.”
Peron has performed throughout Northern California for almost thirty years. He opened for
Stanley Clark and George Duke in Sacramento, performed with pianist Smith Dobson at Garden
City in San Jose, has been a featured player at the Cotati, California Jass Festival, and has played
the Great American Music Hall and Kimball’s in San Francisco. He co-led the Peron/Spangler
Quartet at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Sacramento Jazz Festival,
KRML’s jazz store in Carmel, Yoshi’s, Pearl’s Heart & Soul, Filoli, and the Museum of Modern
Art, all in San Francisco, and numerous other venues in the San Francisco and Sacramento area.
The quartet was a huge crowd-pleaser in front of 7,500 enthusiastic Jazz fans on the main stage
of the 1996 Montreux-Detroit festival.
Peron is trumpeter on Joe Gilman’s Treasure Chest (Timeless Records) and on vocalist Kitty
Margolis’ Evolution (Madcat Records), both CDs featuring Joe Henderson, and a special guest
on guitarist Mimi Fox’s Turtle Logic (Monarch Records).
In 1996, Monarch released Peron/Spangler’s second CD, titled Dedication since each of the
four standards and five originals were dedicated to someone inspirational to the leaders. Peron
composed four of the nine cuts, dedicating them to members of his family and the late great
trumpet virtuoso, Rafael Mendez, who was a close friend of Tom’s family.
Phil Elwood, music critic for the San Francisco Examiner, called attention to a second
meaning for the CD’s title: “...the dedication of all the performing instrumentalists is apparent
throughout.” He wrote, “As for trumpeter/composer Peron, one is encouraged to say, ‘just listen,’
and move on — astonished at his playing, versatility, imagination and technical facility. Master
of his horn, with ‘good ears,’ as Lester Young would have said, Peron has created his own style,
his own sound, out of jazz roots. Very few trumpeters out there are Peron’s equal, let alone his
Tom Peron, trumpeter-composer-teacher, possesses rare talents. With his impassioned playing
and impeccable technique, he is destined to join the legends.
Tom Peron has been giving private trumpet instruction for twenty-eight years, and is currently
teaching at Watermelon Music in Davis California. In Sacramento, Peron also taught Jazz
Ensemble at John F. Kennedy High School from 1995-1997 and Rio Americano from 1999-