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.
Currently, Tom leads his own Jazz / funk group - TOM JEMMOTT BAND and performs with the high energy 12 piece horn band Southtown Fever . He is also a member of the modern Jazz Trio - THICK AS THIEVES and continues a busy performance schedule as a freelance jazz, broadway, classical and pop/rock guitarist as well as teaching jazz studies at the University of Tampa.