Thomas Melito



Contact Information

Herbert D. Welte Hall 209

Phone: 860-832-2912


Tom has been a mainstay on the New York City jazz scene for many years. His drumming has been heard behind such varied artists as John Pizzarelli, Frank Wess, Harry Allen, "Sweets" Edison, Lew Soloff, and Bill Watrus. Tom's talents have been in demand internationally, including numerous tours of Japan, China, Europe, and South America. He also performs at most of the largest jazz events, including the JVC, Montreal, and Berne Jazz Festivals. His various television appearances include the CBS Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN World Beat.

Currently Tom is playing with pianists Pete Malinverni, and Larry Ham while doing Jazz clinics at various schools in the area. Active in jazz education. He also plays on Jerry Bergonzi’s CD play along method, and is recording a series of jazz educational CDs for “Windplayer” magazine.

Additional recording projects include two of Ken Peplowski's endeavors for Concord Jazz, "The Natural Touch", and "Live at the Ambassador Auditorium", a quintet recording on Reservoir Records with pianist Pete Malinverni, and with the Michael Moore trio on two disks entitled “The History of Jazz.”