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Tom Covello
Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, Tom Covello began playing the electric bass as a teenager, performing in rock bands before becoming interested in jazz. While studying with Peter Compo in New York, he enrolled at Berklee College of Music, where he studied with John Neves and Bruce Gertz. Tom received his Bachelor's degree in 1980. Following his education he went on to perform with a wide variety of musicians in many genres of music. Playing on a local and regional level, Tom has opened for artist such as Hal Galper, Albert King, Marcia Ball, John Hammond, Bobby Shew and Delfeayo Marsalis. He has also shared the stage with artists such as James Williams, Don Braden, Kenwood Dennard, Laura Branigan, The Les Elgart Orchestra, Tony Joe White, J.P. Pennington (Exile), Bradley Dean Birkedahl (The Dempseys) The Drifters, and The Platters, and appeared on recordings that featured folksinger Odetta and the legendary Homer Ledford, and an unreleased recording featuring Bela Fleck. His musical experiences have given him the opportunity to perform and record coast to coast with many great local, regional and international musicians. In 2000 he founded Lexington Jazz Project with the late pianist and keyboard player Bruce Martin (Mike Mainieri, Charley Shavers) that featured Bob Degen (Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Carmell Jones, Albert Mangelsdorff, Paul Motian, Buddy DeFranco, Gary Peacock) on piano until his departure for Frankfurt, Germany where he now resides and continues to actively perform worldwide. Currently he is very active in the music scene in the tri-state area and performs with Brooks Giles III, who has performed worldwide as a leader of his own ensembles that featured notable players such as Brad Meldau and Angela Stribling, and with many notable groups and musicians such as Eldee Young, The Drifters, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Donald Byrd, The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and The Apollo Theatre Band. The quartet features guitarist/composer and fellow Berklee alumni Greg Chako and drummer Kiko Sebrian. Tom also performs with vocalist extrodinaire Gail Wynters, who has recorded and performed with notable musicians like Dr. John, Roger Kellaway, Bill Cunliffe, Rufus Reid, and Lionel Hampton. Tom also performs with The Jazz Collective, an ensemble that features local musicians and professors from Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University. The quest for a unique voice in progressive jazz is what initially led Tom to Conklin Guitars and Basses. Realizing the extended range of the 7 string bass opened up a world of new chord voicings, harmonics and soloing capabilities, he contacted Conklin back in 2000. The one- on one attention throughout the entire building process of the 7 string was what led him to commission the Conklin Custom Shop in the construction of the 9 string bass he currently plays. "This extraordinary instrument never ceases to sound amazing and plays like a dream. The construction is top notch and the attention to detail is unsurpassed. I have had my Conklin Custom 7 for 18 years and the Custom 9 for 9 years, and both still play as well as the day I received them. Product support from the team at Conklin is and has always been excellent throughout my relationship with them since 2000. Whether it's ordering strings or a technical question, they have been unequaled in their support. Call me a Conklin Player for life!
© Conklin Guitars 2019
Tom Covello
Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, Tom Covello began playing the electric bass as a teenager, performing in rock bands before becoming interested in jazz. While studying with Peter Compo in New York, he enrolled at Berklee College of Music, where he studied with John Neves and Bruce Gertz. Tom received his Bachelor's degree in 1980. Following his education he went on to perform with a wide variety of musicians in many genres of music. Playing on a local and regional level, Tom has opened for artist such as Hal Galper, Albert King, Marcia Ball, John Hammond, Bobby Shew and Delfeayo Marsalis. He has also shared the stage with artists such as James Williams, Don Braden, Kenwood Dennard, Laura Branigan, The Les Elgart Orchestra, Tony Joe White, J.P. Pennington (Exile), Bradley Dean Birkedahl (The Dempseys) The Drifters, and The Platters, and appeared on recordings that featured folksinger Odetta and the legendary Homer Ledford, and an unreleased recording featuring Bela Fleck. His musical experiences have given him the opportunity to perform and record coast to coast with many great local, regional and international musicians. In 2000 he founded Lexington Jazz Project with the late pianist and keyboard player Bruce Martin (Mike Mainieri, Charley Shavers) that featured Bob Degen (Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Carmell Jones, Albert Mangelsdorff, Paul Motian, Buddy DeFranco, Gary Peacock) on piano until his departure for Frankfurt, Germany where he now resides and continues to actively perform worldwide. Currently he is very active in the music scene in the tri- state area and performs with Brooks Giles III, who has performed worldwide as a leader of his own ensembles that featured notable players such as Brad Meldau and Angela Stribling, and with many notable groups and musicians such as Eldee Young, The Drifters, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Donald Byrd, The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and The Apollo Theatre Band. The quartet features guitarist/composer and fellow Berklee alumni Greg Chako and drummer Kiko Sebrian. Tom also performs with vocalist extrodinaire Gail Wynters, who has recorded and performed with notable musicians like Dr. John, Roger Kellaway, Bill Cunliffe, Rufus Reid, and Lionel Hampton. Tom also performs with The Jazz Collective, an ensemble that features local musicians and professors from Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University. The quest for a unique voice in progressive jazz is what initially led Tom to Conklin Guitars and Basses. Realizing the extended range of the 7 string bass opened up a world of new chord voicings, harmonics and soloing capabilities, he contacted Conklin back in 2000. The one-on one attention throughout the entire building process of the 7 string was what led him to commission the Conklin Custom Shop in the construction of the 9 string bass he currently plays. "This extraordinary instrument never ceases to sound amazing and plays like a dream. The construction is top notch and the attention to detail is unsurpassed. I have had my Conklin Custom 7 for 18 years and the Custom 9 for 9 years, and both still play as well as the day I received them. Product support from the team at Conklin is and has always been excellent throughout my relationship with them since 2000. Whether it's ordering strings or a technical question, they have been unequaled in their support. Call me a Conklin Player for life!