Tom Schuman, Spyro Gyra

Tom Schuman keyboard player Spyro Gyra

We’re joined this episode by Tom Schuman, keyboard player for iconic jazz fusion outfit Spyro Gyra. Tom talks on his career in and outside of that band, and we shoot the breeze on the music industry more broadly and Tom’s recent retirement from Spyro Gyra.

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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):

Wally Schuman playing bass with the Dick Fadale Quartet

Tom speaks on his reasons for retirement from Spyro Gyra after 49 years amd handing over the reins to Chris Fischer

Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance

Spyro Gyra – Catching the Sun (live)

On evolving as a keyboard player

On mind-altering substances and music

The Rhinebeck Sessions – Wishful Thinking

The Rhineback Sessions – Who Knew

Jay Beckenstein

Tom’s picks for new Spyro Gyra listeners:

Stolen Moments

What a Fool Believes

Patterns in the Rain

Funkyard Dog


Birks Law

The Tippin’ Point

Bob Goes to the Store

Tom’s solo work and the working relationship with the iconic Slide Funkshin and Schu Thomas

Tom’s go-to keyboards

Sandeep Chowta

Antelope Orion 32

Breakfast with Count Basie

Tag a keyboard player: Chris Fischer

Desert Island Discs: Heavy Weather – Weather Report, My Funny Valentine – Miles Davis, The Trio – Oscar Peterson, Light as a Feather – Return to Forever / Chick Corea, Sunday at the Village Vanguard – Bill Evans.

Thanks to our supporters for this episode: Brother Paul Brown , forums, Tammy Katchur’s Musical Stew and Radio Grande

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