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John Toomey

  • John Toomey
  • Professor
  • Department of Music
  • 204 Diehn Center
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4077
  • jtoomey@odu.edu
  • John Toomey is the chairman of the Music Department at Old Dominion University located in Norfolk, Virginia. Professor Toomey directs the Old Dominion University Jazz Choir, and teaches Jazz Improvisation I and II, as well as the History of Jazz. He has toured with trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson, as well as vocalists Mark Murphy and Rene Marie. Professor Toomey recorded two cds with Ferguson entitled "High Voltage 2" and "Big Bop Noveau", and is also featured on the Max Jazz release " Rene Marie: Live at the Jazz Standard". He has performed in Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, England, Japan, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. The USIA designated Professor Toomey a cultural specialist in jazz, and he has traveled to Botswana, Africa to teach and perform in that capacity. He has written soundtracks for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and NBC. His most recent release "Refraction" features his trio performing all original compositions, and can be purchased from CD Baby. Professor Toomey has been named the TELETECHNET Professor of the Year, has been designated a University Professor for Excellence in Teaching, and is a recipient of the SCHEV Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Education

    Eastman School of Music, 1982
    Major: Jazz Performance
    Degree: M.M.
    Crane School of Music, 1979
    Major: Music Education
    Degree: B.M.
  • Expertise

    Music
    Jazz Performance, Vocal Arranging, Jazz History