Tom Guarna




United States

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A Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer & arranger, Tom began his musical studies at age fifteen, rapidly demonstrating a natural ability to play and compose.

After studying classical guitar and composition at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in 1986, he played local gigs in New York and fine-tuned his education with John Abercrombie.

He earned a Bachelor Degree from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2008, and a Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School in 2010.

After working with several jazz bands, Tom joined Blood Sweat and Tears in 1995 and toured extensively with them for the next three years.

Since then, he has forged his own voice as a modern jazz guitarist, performing with a wide range of artists including Wallace Roney, Mark Turner, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Mulgrew Miller, Fred Wesley, Mike Clark, Uri Caine, The Allman Brothers, The Yellowjackets, and Gary Bartz.

He was a featured artist on over thirty albums, including pianist Manuel Valera’s Grammy-nominated 2012 album, New Cuban Express.

As a bandleader he recorded: Get Together (2005), Out from the Underground (2007), Wingspan (2008), Major Minor (2009), Bittersweet (2011), and the hard-grooving Rush (2014), which garnered wide acclaim.

His seventh album, The Wishing Stones (2017), featuring an all-star quartet of drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist Jon Cowherd, was lauded a 4-star rating in DownBeat Magazine.

Tom incorporates many styles (jazz, funk, latin, soul, pop, R&B, world music) into his own blend of unique and engaging music, as he forges ahead within his forte: modern jazz with a touch of classical influence.


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