Tommy Gearhart
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Tommy Gearhart

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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I Fall In Love Too Easily (2011) Heavy Sounds Records

1. I Fall In Love Too Easily
2. If You Only Knew What Beauty Is
3. Melodious Funk
4. You Don't Know What Love Is
5. The More I See You
6. Gee Baby (Ain't I Good To You)
7. On A Clear Day
8. Bone's Lament
9. Close Your Eyes
10. They Can't Take That Away
11. My One And Only Love
12. Psychological Operations

Autumn Serenade (2006) self-released

1. If I Were A Bell
2. Autumn Serenade
3. Solitude
4. It's All Right With Me
5. Sophisticated Lady
6. Imagination
7. Speak Low
8. It All Depends On You
9. Angel Eyes

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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 jazz scene. Called an emerging “young lion” by those in his industry, Tommy is young and creative, with unique spins on an age-old tradition. 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 being compared to greats such as Tony Bennett, Mark Murphy, and Mel Torme, he has developed his own unique style - It integrates an honest, traditional approach with utmost respect to the melody and lyrics, along with tasteful, heartfelt jazz 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 truth." 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.

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 7 time Grammy Award winner & NEA Jazz Master JON HENDRICKS, trombonist DELFEAYO MARSALIS, trumpeter BOBBY SHEW, late legendary tenor saxophonist DONALD WALDEN, guitarist PETER BERNSTEIN, tenor saxman DOUG LAWRENCE, trumpeter MARCUS BELGRAVE, tenor saxophonist & NEA Jazz Master LLEW TABACKIN, trumpeter JOE MAGNARELLI, members of Harry Connick, Jr.'s Big Band (saxophonist JERRY WELDON, trumpeter DERRICK GARDNER, baritone saxophonist DAVE SCHUMACHER, bassist NEIL CAINE), and many more. Standing at six feet, five inches tall adds an even greater presence to his already dynamic, and charming personality. Watch out for this guy to catch everyone's attention in the near future.

In 2009, Tommy Gearhart received the prestigious honor of being appointed by Governor Bill Richardson as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Music Commission which preserves, cultivates, and grows music in New Mexico. A few fellow notable commissioners are Dr. Lee Berk who is the President Emeritus of Berklee College of Music in Boston (1979-2004), and country music star, Randy Travis. In addition, Tommy is also very passionate about giving back to the community, and serves on the Leadership Board on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and he donates his time and talent to other causes such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Healing, Harmony, & Heart is an annual jazz benefit concert that raises money and awareness for those with MS -- It features world-class performers and was founded by Tommy. www.healingharmonyheart.org

By Robert Eldred