Guitarist Tom Byrne is a freelance performer, composer, and music educator with over 30 years of professional experience in the St. Louis region. In addition to leading his own ensembles on countless public & private performances over the years, Tom has played with many of the area’s finest jazz musicians, including saxophonists Paul DeMarinis & Willie Akins, trumpeter Randall Holmes, bassist Tom Kennedy, pianists Reggie Thomas & Kim Portnoy, and vocalist Ralph Butler, to name but a few. His past performance credits include work with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the MUNY Orchestra, and numerous other musical/theatrical ensembles, as well as with jazz greats Clark Terry, Terrell Stafford, and Matt Wilson.
Tom continues performing as a solo guitarist, bandleader, and freelance musician, and is a member of the smooth jazz fusion ensemble, Dreaming In Colour. While perhaps best known as a jazz player, Tom is fluent in a wide variety of musical styles, including Bossa Nova, Blues, Rock, R&B, Folk, Classical....and, of course, Jazz! These diverse musical influences inspire and inform his original compositions.
Upcoming Public Performances:
April 24, 2021 - Tom Byrne performs with the Stan Coleman Quintet outside the Grandel Theater (3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO 63108). Music from 6:00-10:00 pm, reservations required. This show is part of the Open Air Concert series sponsored by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation.
For more info: https://www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org/open-air/
May 28, 2021 - the Tom Byrne Quartet with vocalist Kim Fuller performs on another outdoor Open Air Concert @ The Grandel Theater (see above for details). Music from 6:00-10:00 pm.
Currently an adjunct professor of music at Webster University and at St. Louis University High School, Tom has taught for many St. Louis area educational institutions over the years, including Greenville University, Lewis & Clark Community College, Jefferson College, Lindenwood University, Maryville University, and Principia College.
He also gives private instruction in guitar, electric bass, and jazz theory/improvisation, and is currently accepting new students.
Feel free to drop us a line for more information.
Solo guitar arrangement of the classic, "Girl From Ipanema", by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
The Tom Byrne Guitar Duo (with Adam Hansbrough), performing a masked and socially distanced rendition of Luiz Bonfa’s classic Bossa Nova, “Manha de Carnival” during the summer of 2020.
The Tom Byrne Guitar Duo performs Clifford Brown’s bebop classic, “Joy Spring”
The Tom Byrne Trio, from a few years back, performing “Caravan” by Juan Tizel
The Tom Byrne Trio (begins at :30 mark), from a few years back, performing "Summertime" by George Gershwin, followed by the beginning section of "The Dawn", an original composition by Tom Byrne
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