Born in Washington D.C., Tommy has performed with a variety of different bands and has toured across the United States and in Amsterdam. He has taught hundreds of students to play the saxophone, flute and clarinet along the way.
As a member of the Tom Cunningham Orchestra for 10 years, Tommy learned to appreciate the swing tradition from the bandstand. Learning swing dance from the D.C.- area instructors Craig Hutchinson, Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg, he also developed an appreciation of swing from the dancer’s perspective. He intends to share his joy of swing with as many people as possible.
Outside of the band, Tommy has many interests. He is a two-time national autocross race champion. In addition to enjoying anything having to do with cars and road trips, he is the creator, producer, director, and editor of “Swing Central,” an award-winning television show that celebrates and documents the swing music and dance revival. Contact Tommy at firstname.lastname@example.org you would like to learn more about Swing Central, study improvisational jazz with him or just get in touch.
Tommy’s favorite musicians and groups are: Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Joe Henderson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, & Stan Getz.