Tom is an experienced performer and teacher from the UK. During his formative years as a musician he was first immersed in the blues of George Thorogood, Eric Clapton, Canned Heat and Jimi Hendrix; but whilst at Leeds University and the University of North Texas, found himself listening to jazz, fusion and other music that hurt his brain.
Several ‘light bulb’ moments later (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and Derek Trucks to name a few) he finds himself performing in every kind of ensemble you can think of: cruise ship bands, pit orchestras, funk groups, big bands, a gypsy jazz duo, jazz fusion trios, a trio with piano and vibraphone, the list goes on.
As a teacher, his main goal is to help his students to teach themselves, and find their own light bulbs within their record collection…or even better to get some more records! Through a combination of listening, jamming, drilling, more listening and conversing he hopes to bring everyone closer to speaking or singing with their instruments.
Tom’s main styles are jazz, fusion, blues, slide, bluegrass, gypsy, and rock; but more recently he has found the wonders Turkish classical music, and has been working on fretless guitars for a while.