Tommy Gearhart BIO
“Everything that comes from Tommy Gearhartʼs mouth and heart is the sincere truth. Tommy is not only carrying the torch, but I'm confident he'll remain a swingin' beacon of light for years to come.”
- JON HENDRICKS, NEA Jazz Master & multi-Grammy Award Winner
“Tommy Gearhart is one of the strongest jazz singers I have heard...and his interpretations make each song performed a musical gem”
- DR. LEE BERK, President Emeritus Berklee College of Music
“In my thirty-plus years in the music business, I have come across few people with Tommyʼs skill and devotion as a performer ... Tommy is a formidable representative of jazz and The American Songbook”
- DOUG LAWRENCE, Lead Tenor Sax, The Count Basie Orchestra
Tommy Gearhart, jazz crooning vocalist, originally hails from the Greater Detroit area via Toledo, Ohio. Tommy has learned his trade at the feet of legends in the Toledo and Detroit jazz scene. Deeply rooted in the blues and Detroit swing feel, he effectively interjects that great foundation into a modern-day approach. Though Tommy's performances cannot escape comparisons to Tony Bennett's class, the belting blues of Joe Williams, Mark Murphy's wonderful tone, and Mel Torme's sophisticated musicianship, he has developed his own unique style. Tommy integrates an honest, traditional approach with utmost respect to the melody and lyrics, along with tasteful, heartfelt phrasing that is best summed up by legendary jazz vocalist/lyricist, Jon Hendricks - "Everything that comes from Tommy Gearhart's mouth and heart is the sincere truth. Tommy is not only carrying the torch, but I'm confident he'll remain a swingin' beacon of light for years to come." From Gershwin and the Great American Songbook, to jazz standards, to penning original lyrics to some not-so-standard jazz tunes - Tommy is quite a versatile, soulful, and talented vocalist. Standing at six feet, five inches tall adds an even greater presence to his already dynamic and charming personality.
Gearhart has performed at venues in music festivals and jazz clubs around the US, Canada, and has performed and/or recorded with many fantastic musicians such as the legendary father of Vocalese and 8 time Grammy Award winner & NEA Jazz Master JON HENDRICKS, trombonist DELFEAYO MARSALIS, trumpeter BOBBY SHEW, tenor saxophonist DONALD WALDEN, guitarist PETER BERNSTEIN, tenor saxman DOUG LAWRENCE, trumpeter MARCUS BELGRAVE, tenor saxophonist LEW TABACKIN, trumpeter JOE MAGNARELLI, alto saxophonist LARRY SMITH, drummer RODNEY GREEN, bassist PAUL GILL, members of Harry Connick, Jr.'s Big Band (saxophonist JERRY WELDON, trumpeter DERRICK GARDNER, bari saxophonist DAVE SCHUMACHER, bassist NEIL CAINE), and many more.
By Robert Eldred