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Zlabinger, Thomas

Zlabinger, Thomas

Associate Professor

Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: 718-262-2412
Office Location: AC-1A12D

Dr. Tom Zlabinger is Associate Professor of Music at York College / CUNY, where he teaches popular music, ethnomusicology, and directs the York College Jazz Band. As a bass player, Dr. Zlabinger has performed with a wide range of musicians, including Marshall Allen, Glenn Branca, Lukas Foss, Eddie Gale, William Hooker, Lukas Ligeti, Emeline Michel, Butch Morris, Bern Nix, William Parker, and Sarah Weaver.

Office Hours

Tuesdays9 a.m. - noon


PhD Graduate Center / CUNY Ethnomusicology 2013 
MA Queens College / CUNY Jazz Performance 2001 
BA Grinnell College Music 1996 

Areas of Expertise

  • bass (electric & upright)
  • blues
  • conducting
  • depiction of musicians in media franchises
  • ethnomusicology
  • improvisation
  • jam sessions
  • jazz education
  • jazz history
  • jazz performance
  • music industry
  • pedagogy of improvisation
  • psychedelic music
  • rock
  • telematic performance

Publications in Field Of Expertise