Artist/Teacher, jazz piano and improvisation

As a composer, Cleary has been commissioned by groups including Social Band and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (for whom he composed "New Seasons, Alter'd Sky," a song cycle for voices and jazz quartet).  He teaches piano lessons in his private studio and in the Music & Dance Department at UVM, where he was also music director for The Threepenny Opera.

Groups accompanied: As a pianist, Tom Cleary has performed with artists including Lester Bowie, Bill Frisell, Mike Gordon, James Harvey, Ellen Powell, Clark Terry, Ray Vega, Ernie Watts, and Ike Willis.

Memorable performances: Tom performs regularly with the Latin jazz group Rick Davies and Jazzismo and appears on their latest CD "Siempre Salsa." His work as an arranger can be heard on "Hey Sadie," the new album by Amber deLaurentis (now available on iTunes).

Tom Cleary


  • B.A. (Jazz Studies), Hampshire College
  • Post-bac certificate (Music Education), University of Vermont


Office Location:

Music Building A307

Courses Taught

MUL J - Applied Lessons, jazz piano

MU 024 - Group Jazz Piano I

MU 025 - Group Jazz Piano II

MU 131 - Tuesday Jazz Combo