Biography

Tom Warrington is one of the busiest acoustic and electric bass players in Los Angeles. Tom began his career in New York City, playing for three years in the Buddy Rich big band and trio. He also toured Europe extensively as a clinician and performer, and worked with many other great N.Y. artists, including Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, and Hank Jones. Tom has lived in Los Angeles for the past twenty years, performing and recording with a long list of great artists, including Freddie Hubbard, Billy Childs, Denny Zeitlin, Bob Florence, Joe La Barbera, Mose Allison, Arturo Sandoval, and Peggy Lee. His playing spans a wide range of styles, from jazz albums with Bob Sheppard and Terry Trotter, to TV commercials, where his music writing skills are often called upon. Tom is heard on many movie and television scores, and is a featured artist on the soundtrack of Jodie Foster's film "Little Man Tate." He has also performed at the renowned Playboy Jazz Festival with Randy Brecker's quintet at the Hollywood Bowl, with Billy Childs at the Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals, and with Steve Houghton at the Samix International Festival in South Africa. This summer, Tom also toured New Zealand and performed a series of concerts in Edinburgh, Scotland.

His continuing association with top jazz players, combined with his clear and logical methods for communicating musical ideas have kept him in constant demand for clinics and seminars. Tom has also published a variety of musical works and instructional materials, including "Essential Styles I & II," (with play-along CD's), a video series, "The Contemporary Rhythm Section," a 28-book play-along series, "MasterTracks," and a new beginning bass method/CD, "Crawl Before You Walk." He is a faculty member at University of Nevada Las Vegas, and holds a master's degree in composition from University of Illinois. Tom has released three CDs on the Jazz Compass label (jazzcompass.com), with Larry Koonse and Joe La Barbera.