Tom was born in Tampa, Florida in 1966. He grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. As a young child he took piano lessons, but switched to guitar as a teenager. After attending the University of Florida, he graduated from Berklee College of Music, cum laude, in 1990. Tom then went to law school, graduating in 1993. He became a civil trial lawyer and successfully practiced for 10 years. Throughout this time, Tom continued to pursue his first love: writing and playing jazz. In 2003, he ultimately decided to leave the law, devoting himself full time to music.
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