Combining equal parts lyricism and devotion to rhythm, Nikola Tomić is an engaging and dynamic New York City-based trumpet performer whose versatility and enjoyment of soloist and background roles alike have taken him to stages in more than thirty states, as well as to Italy, Mexico, Ireland, and Costa Rica. In New York, he has performed at venues including The Jazz Gallery, Swing 46, the Drawing Room, the Cutting Room, the West End Theatre, New World Stages, Silvana, St. Peter's Church, the Slope Lounge, Williamsburg Music Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Miller Theatre at Columbia University. He has appeared at festivals including the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the International Cervantino Festival.
Nikola served as visiting assistant professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Ithaca College during Spring Semester 2017 and as visiting lecturer of trumpet there the previous year. Deeply committed to education, Nikola is active as a teacher and clinician in the greater New York City area and throughout the Northeast, and has maintained a private teaching studio since 2003. He taught from 2010 to 2013 for the Eastman Community Music School, providing instruction in trumpet and music theory, and working with the New Horizons Band Program, and has been on faculty at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy since 2013. During the 2018 to 2019 school year, he has visited SUNY Fredonia on several occasions to present master classes, give private lessons, perform as a guest soloist, and work as a clinician with large and small jazz ensembles.
In addition to publishing a blog on artistic and pedagogical topics here, Nikola regularly contributes CD reviews to the International Trumpet Guild’s quarterly journal. His recent article “Alternative Approaches to Warming Up” can be found in the June 2019 issue of the ITG Journal. Nikola also works as a freelance editor and consultant for both academic and more casual writing about music, and for website content including personal bios, project descriptions, and blogs.
Nikola holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music and a bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Ithaca College. His teachers have included Clay Jenkins, Bill Dobbins, Harold Danko, Frank Gabriel Campos, and Steve Brown.