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Spencer Sussman


Spencer Sussman


Spencer Sussman is a tenor and bass trombonist, composer/arranger, and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area.

During his undergraduate career at University of California Santa Barbara Spencer studied both music and sociology, where he broadened his musical palette and developed a passion for improvisation. Spencer studied trombone performance with Bill Booth, principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Opera Company.

Spencer holds a masters degree in jazz studies at San Jose State University, studying under the expertise of Scott Whitfield, Thomas Hornig, and Aaron Lington. He has performed with Jon Faddis, Jamie Davis, Clairdee, Francisco Torres, Caloncho, Elsa y Elmar, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Spencer has also toured internationally and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, and throughout New Zealand. Locally he has performed at the SFJAZZ Center, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, and KCSM's Jazz on the Hill in San Mateo. 

Spencer currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he performs, composes, arranges, and teaches music. He is the founder and director of East Bay Jazz, an after-school jazz education program for talented high school musicians.