Born on Long Island New York, Tom started playing guitar at the age of 10 after hearing Elvis, Buddy Holly and the Beatles and played in rock bands throughout in teen years. After leaving high school, Tom discovered jazz and moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida's elite jazz program. Upon graduation he became the guitarist and musical director/arranger for top jazz singer Belinda Womack and was voted Tampa Bay's Best Jazz Band in 1994. While with Belinda, Tom performed concerts with legendary cornetist Nat Adderly and opened shows for numerous national acts including Branford Marsalis, The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Herbie Mann, Oleta Adams and many others. After recording a CD in 1998, Tom joined R&B singer / national recording artist Kasai and recorded his debut CD in 2000. He has also performed in many musicals including The Who's Tommy, Little Shop Of Horrors, Pippin and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tom is also the featured guitarist with The Venice Symphony performing many pops concerts including: Shaken Not Stirred the Music Of James Bond ,A Night At The Oscars with overture by John Williams and Cinematic Romance.
An avid FILM and TELEVISION composer Tom owns the production company MUSIC JEMS PRODUCTIONS, producing spots for Disney, Microsoft and Honda while also composing the film scores for various studios including Lionsgate, Netflix, Lifetime, Hallmark, Great American Family, UPtv and prime time TV shows including FOX's American Idol and Downfall for ABC. His score for the short film drama, THIRST, was nominated for 'Best Original Score' at the Pan Pacific Film Festival in 2011 and SHALOM won at the Tampa Bay Jewish film festival in 2010. Tom finished scoring his first Hollywood feature film, 3 TIMES A CHARM in 2011 and has since scored 37 feature films including PAWS P.I. a kid adventure starring Jon Lovitz for Lionsgate, The Christmas Listing and Suicide Note for Lifetime Networks, Bloody Homecoming and Varsity Blood for Monarch Entertainment and Love On The Rise, All Hallows' Eve and Accidentally Engaged for Marvista Entertainment. Tom also scored the short film THE BEDFORD DEVIL and the documentary Miss Kitty Jazz Legend both featured at The Gasparilla Film Festival.
He composed the intro music to heavy rock band SHINEDOWN's Carnival Of Madness World Tour and appeared on the CD/DVD Somewhere In The Stratosphere Live.