tonight in Festus 

First, I've lost my glasses, so I won't know if I have made any typos. Sorry in advance!

I am playing tonght at Taytro's in Festus ith Bennett Wood, saxophonist extraordinaire! 6:00-9:00.

It's a bit of a drive, but worth if for the food and music I promise! See you there!

 

Graduation! 

Hello, Friends and Family! 

     As many of you know, I set myself on a course of self-study when I dropped out of music school for medical reasons (there was a giant chip on my shoulder). I replaced the classroom with gigs and set out an intensive practicum of playing in basically every restaurant in St. Louis. After some decades and thousands of hours of performing, I am officially graduating from restaurant gigs to seek a career in music (haha!). 

     All joking aside, I have learned a tremendous amount playing dinner gigs. It has been invaluable experience musically, socially, and professionally. I am at this point dedicating my musical energy to playing concerts in dedicated music venues and to teaching. I still have restaurant gigs on the books, but I am already phasing those out. 

     I will be announcing some summer/fall concerts soon, and I am excited about these in ways that are new. I will never quit playing. The dream was always to play concerts for people who love music (but sometimes a person can fall into a career playing for people who love chicken wings!). (I suppose it's possible a person can love both.) 

     I will also be taking on more students. I teach lessons in my home in South City at $40/hour. There is no age level or pre-requisite level of skill, but there is a pre-requisite level of interest. Please email me if you or someone you know might be interested. Here is a link to a YoutTube lesson I created last fall that will give you an idea as to my lesson style. Wax On/Wax Off Guitar #1. 

     I remember when I quit school to pursue music on my own and when I quit my desk job to become a full-musician. Those things felt kind of like jumping off a cliff, and this does too, a little. Here goes nothing! 

Thanks for all your support! 

Tommy Halloran

Venice Tonight 

It's a Tuesday--possibly my favorite weekday--and tonight  I play at the Venice Cafe with my friends Jeremy Segel-Moss, Eric McSpadden, and a full cast of odd-ball characters who fit right in at the Venice. It's a special place. I hope YOU can come tonight. It's always a really good time. Music starts about 10:00.

A good weekend! 

I had a great weekend! I saw a bunch of bands and played a bunch of music with friends. Feeling lucky.

This week I am playing ...

Tuesday @ Venice Cafe w/ Jeremy Segel-Moss & Company, 10:00-1:00

Thursday @ the Shaved Duck w/ Adam Andrews, 6:30-9:30

Friday @ St. Albans Country Club w/ Rob Nugent, 6:00-10:00

I really love playing music and I am lucky to get to do it so much in my hometown. 

As always, thanks for your support and I hope to see you soon!

 

- Tommy

Alpha Brewing today 

I am playing at Alpha Brewing Company today with the great saxophonist Rob Nugent from 2:00-5:00. Southside brews & jazz - see you there!

(Fyler @ Morganford)

Opening Day! 

Happy Opening Day of Cardinals baseball! To celebrate, I am playing outside of the National Blues Museum on  Washington Avenue from 4:00-6:00 today!

Recording! 

Tonight I am recording with my old friend and longtime bandmate, Jon Bonham! New record coming soon (ish)!

working on a new song 

It has been almost a year since I finished a new song. I've always been a slow writer, but that's way too slow, even for me. So, I am pressing forward with all of my energy on a new song--one I've been working on for a few months. And not only am I pressing forward with this song, but with music in general. Like any job, after a while it can become easy to kind of phone it in, and I am afraid I have been guilty of that at times. But, Springtime is here, and I ready and determined to make new music! 

Tommy Halloran performs music anyone would appreciate... He is to jazz as Uncle Tupelo was to country-western or Steve Earle to bluegrass. He possesses the schooling (both formal and hard-knocks) as well as the "chops" of a great jazzman... The basic truths of Delta-blues, swing, Gospel, and Bohemia are deeply rooted in Tommy's songwriting psyche. Like Randy Newman or Tom Waits (who seldom appear in the same sentence), his cooking belies his ingredients. He may not be "Chasin' the Bird", but he's certainly flippin' the bird as a top-rate improviser... Tommy embodies the original spirit of jazz. His blues, his bounce, and his ballads rival great musicians from any era.  - David Seymour, JazzReview.com (8/11/2005)

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