Primary Instrument: Piano
Tom Thorndike began formal training on the piano at age 12, and in high school performed in rock and jazz groups, giving him a musical versatility. Thorndike attended the University of Connecticut from 1999-2002 where he continued his classical and jazz piano studies. Thondike's composition “Groove In Black” as featured on the CD “Uconn Jazz,” marks his official debut recording as a pianist, composer and arranger. Upon graduating with a B.A. in 2002 Thorndike moved to Boston to attended Berklee on a scholarship. In 2006 he became a student of legendary piano and improvisation teacher Charlie Banacos. In late 2007 Thorndike released his CD Tom Thorndike Trio under his own label. The recording features bassist John Lockwood and drummer Dave Weigert, and includes original compositions and standard interpretations. His former mentor Earl MacDonald produced the sessions. In 2008 Tom Thorndike moved to New York City where he is currently active as a performer and composer.