Tom Finn is an alto saxophonist originally from Old Chatham, New York, an area of upstate New York more regularly associated with alpaca wool and sheep cheese than with Jazz. Being the son of a jazz guitarist, Tom expressed an interest in jazz and in the saxophone in particular at the ripe old age of eleven. In high school, he was a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble. During those years, he studied privately with Ralph Lalama, received both an All-State award and a Future Jazz Giant award, and was featured as Junior Saxophonist of the Month on SaxTalk.com. At the age of seventeen, Tom attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Program, graduating at the top of his class for extensive work in theory, ear-training, private lessons, Improv ensemble and big band.
Tom’s experience as a performer is already impressive, but continues to grow. He has played and/or recorded with Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch, Matt Wilson, Avery Sharpe, as well as Don Braden, Charlie Persip, Gary Smulyan, and Onaje Allan Gumbs. He has performed at such city venues as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Smoke, and has traveled to perform at numerous jazz festivals including The Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland), The Costa Rica International Jazz Festival, and The Litchfield Jazz Festival. Tom was also one of six semifinalists in the Kielworth saxophone company's 2014 international saxophone competition.