It is the first Thursday of the month which means I am playing at Robust Wine Bar in Webster Groves tonight! I'll be joined the amazing Kristian Baarsvik (you won't believe your ears!) for a night of jazz standards and originals. This is always a really fun and relaxing night. Come out for some wine and music--you deserve it!
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)