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 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.

Also an avid composer Tom owns the production company MUSIC JEMS PRODUCTIONS and writes and records music for FILM and TELEVISION, producing spots for Disney, Microsoft and Honda while also composing the scores for Lifetime, Hallmark and Up movies and prime time TV shows including FOX's American Idol. 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 17 feature films completing PAWS P.I. a kid adventure starring Jon Lovitz in 2018 for Lionsgate. Tom also scored the short film THE BEDFORD DEVIL for Kitefliers Studios and was featured at The Gasparilla Film Festival in 2012.