Tom Coppola

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Tom Coppola
Birth nameThomas Wilkinson Coppola
Born (1945-06-06) June 6, 1945 (age 77)
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instrument(s) Piano
Labels Columbia

Thomas Wilkinson Coppola (born June 6, 1945) is a pianist and arranger, known for being a principal member of the group Air. [1] He also formed Evans and Coppola with vocalist Lucianne Evans and performs with the Tom Coppola Trio.


Tom Coppola began working as a musician in Manhattan in the 1960s, where he met Carolyn Brooks (soon to become Googie Coppola) and Air was formed. Air's self-titled first album was released in 1971. [2] [3] The band's best known album, Shine the Light of Love was released in 1980. [4] [5] Subsequently, the group went on permanent hiatus.

He worked for NBC as a music producer [6] on Saturday Night Live from 1984 to 1990. In 1991 Coppola went to the University of Southern California to study jazz. He later moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where he has since performed in several groups, including Evans & Coppola [7] and the Tom Coppola Trio, and has taught in the music department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. [6]


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