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Tom Griesser

Tom Griesser is a saxophonist and a clarinetist who has been performing on the San Francisco music scene for 25 years. He first became interested in jazz from hearing his father's record collection, which included works by Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. 

In the early 1990's, Tom began playing with a band that played a prominent role in the swing revival, St. Vitus Dance, while also performing with his own jazz quintet, the Section 8 Project. In 1997, he joined the New Morty Show, a local swing band, as their baritone saxophonist. His tenure with the New Morty Show included regular performances at the New York, New York Casino in Las Vegas as well as three national tours and a performance on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Hollywood.


Soon after leaving the New Morty Show, Tom joined the highly-acclaimed Marcus Shelby Orchestra and was an original member of Brass Monkey Brass Band. He continues to perform with both groups. With Marcus Shelby, he has performed on alto, tenor and baritone saxes and on Bb clarinet and bass clarinet, recording on four albums with his orchestra. With Brass Monkey, Tom has played the Monterey Jazz Festival and at the Hollywood Bowl, opening for the Meters and the Neville Brothers.


Tom has performed and recorded with Marc Capelle for over 15 years, and has been a member of Marc and the Casuals for almost a decade.


In addition to these ensembles, Tom has a jazz organ quartet, B3B4, a jazz trio, the Tom Griesser 3, and performs regularly with the Cottontails, a group that plays jazz and early R&B. His web site is www.tomgriesser.com.