Multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker Tom Abbs has been performing and recording in a variety of contexts (classical, rock, jazz, and improvised musics) since age eleven. Tom started his musical training at the age of seven playing piano. A couple of years later he changed his instrument to cello and by the time he was eleven he was playing the bass. He was handed a tuba in seventh grade and his conquest of the low end began. Tom went on in his teens to win accolades in state and national competitions for his work as a soloist and ensemble player.
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The ubiquitous session man Tom Abbs is a true genre chameleon
- Syracuse FreeTimes
Abbs is a force of nature on the bass and tuba
- Time Out NY
The dynamic outbursts of bassist Tom Abbs careened off the walls in torrential waves of sound as he sparred with the band.
- All About Jazz
Abbs is exceptionally tasteful and supportive
- Peter Nargasak, Chicago Reader
Tom's keen sense of improvisation propels you through a vast landscape of songs and sound. ...A must see!
- Mark Minsker, Free Times
Whether bowing, slapping, strumming, or plucking, Abbs creates a field of energy that feeds the group
- Cadence Magazine
Abbs, in particular, is stunning on both his axes, adding fuel to the fire.
- Steve Loewy, All Music Guide