Artist Profile – Tomas Janzon

Artist: Tomas Janzon
Hometown: New York, NY
Music Genre: Jazz
Currently: Playing concerts and clinics, recording, touring.
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Tomas Janzon was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His musical quest started at the age of seven playing the recorder. At age eight, he began studying the cello and by 12 he was performing with the chamber orchestra Collegium Musicum. After studying at Musikhogskolan, The Royal School of Music in Stockholm, Tomas embarked on his professional career, arriving in Los Angles in 1991 to perform and study with guitar guru Joe Diorio. He was awarded The Outstanding Player of the Year at GIT in 1992. In 2000, he completed a MM with honors in Classical Guitar at USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Scott Tennant and James Smith, also studying composition for Vince Mendoza and teaching at the Jazz Studies and Studio Guitar Departments. He spent 2001 as an Artist-in-Resident at Selkirk College, teaching and performing music. Tomas continues to travel around the world performing, teaching, composing, and recording music.

“The soft strokes of his guitar melt away while delivering lyrical melodies one moment and creating fire in the heart of his audience the next. At his frequent live appearances, Janzon captivates everyone and won’t let go.”– AllAboutJazz

If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be: I’d be an astronaut
Favorite musician: Charlie “Bird” Parker
What’s on my MP3 player: Music by Messiaen  and Count Basie
Favorite city to tour in: Rio Grande/Pelotas in Brazil
Favorite type of music growing up: J.S. Bach  and  Carlos Santana
My greatest love: Life
My hero: The sun
What I’m reading: The Upanishads
What I’m watching: The news
What I drive: Nissan Quest, with only 3 seats
First job: Chopping wood
Talent I’d most like to have: Getting things done
Favorite food: Pickled herring with snaps
My bucket list: Sail around the world
My motto: One  planet  one people, please.
My favorite Greg Bennett guitar model:  LaSalle