He has been inspired by legendary drummers such as the late great Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Max Roach, the late great Art Blakey, and the late great Tony Williams and has earned himself a well-deserved reputation as one of Jazz's leading talents. He has performed as a regular member with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, John McLaughlin, The Manhattan Transfer, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Jordan, Tania Maria, Gary Burton, and a host of other Jazz greats.
Tommy returned to the Berklee College of Music for several years as an instructor of drums and percussion. He has taught at Drummer's Collective and The New School, both in New York City. Additionally when time allows, he performs clinics, workshops and master-classes. He also offers private instruction in many schools & his studio.
Tommy's intelligent, exciting and stylistically authentic drumming has established him as a leading member of a new generation of Jazz musicians.