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Just twenty-two years of age, trumpeter, composer, bandleader Tatum Greenblatt is quickly establishing himself as an important voice on New York City's modern Jazz scene. Mentioned on Wynton Marsalis' website as one of his favorite young trumpet players (www.wyntonmarsalis.com/FAQ), Tatum Greenblatt has already appeared with the legendary Mr. Marsalis, as well as with Joe Lovano, Mark Murphy, The Mingus Big Band, Christian McBride, Jeremy Pelt, Reggie Workman, Alicia Keys, Toshiko Akyoshi, Lew Tebacken, Valery Pomanarov, George Garzone, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, among many others.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Tatum grew up in a musical household and was listening to Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis before he could even talk. Tatum began playing music as a toddler, starting first with the drums, then switching to piano, then finally settling on the trumpet at the age of nine. After a year on the instrument, Tatum began performing in the Seattle area with a community high school band, giving him his first taste of big band playing and improvisation while he was still in the fifth grade. Over the next seven years Tatum benefited immensely from Seattle's award-winning school music programs, which offered him the opportunity to perform all over the United States, including award-winning appearances at the Lional Hampton, Essentially Ellington, and Monterrey Jazz Festivals. Tatum also traveled to Europe twice, performing at the North Sea and Montruex Jazz Festivals, and to Japan where he performed at the Kutchan, Tomisato, and Noto Jazz Festivals. During these years, Tatum also established himself as the best young trumpet player in Seattle, and performed regularly with many different groups at such jazz institutions as The Jazz Alley, Tula's and The New Orleans.

Tatum Greenblatt moved to New York City at the age of eighteen after having decided to attend the prestigious New School University's Jazz and Contemporary Music Program, which is home to such alumni as Roy Hargrove and Brad Meldhau. It was here in New York that Tatum's musical views began to really expand. He studied with musicians from all sides of the Jazz spectrum, including Wynton Marsalis, Tarrell Stafford, George Garzone, Joe Magnerelli, Bobby Sanabria, Jane Ira Bloom, Junior Mance, and Jimmy Owens. From working with these masters, coupled with his musical experiences at school and in the city, Tatum has been able to develop into an original voice on his instrument, drawing from influences all over the musical world. Tatum and his bands have been a hit at such New York clubs as Birdland, Smalls, Fat Cat, Detour, St. Nicks Pub, Cleopatra's Needle, 69 Wall St, and The Knitting Factory.

Looking forward to the future of Jazz and his own artistic development, Tatum Greenblatt is optimistic about where his music is going and has a vision for how Jazz can thrive. "I want to help end the stigma of and Jazz being an alienating art form for the public," he says. "I believe that many of us as musicians expect that our audiences won't understand what we're playing due to the extreme complexity of this art form, and therefore we tend to dumb down the music for them to understand it. But Jazz holds a universal appeal, which is evident in the number of young musicians that are still drawn to it everyday. If we can translate this appeal to our audiences and help them find a connection to what we play, then Jazz can move forward artistically and have an interested audience to support it."

Tatum Greenblatt's music supports this ideal. Never sacrificing his artistic integrity, Tatum creates music that has the universal appeal he speaks of, and audiences around the world have responded in support and admiration. He strives to continue to progress as a trumpet player and composer and hopes to help build a greater audience for the music he loves so much. "Jazz is too wonderful for so many people to be missing out on it, " he says. "I only hope that my music can bring to others the beauty that Jazz has brought to me."
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