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Tom Witek was born and raised in the musically diverse New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. From early childhood, Tom played trumpet in classical orchestra and jazz band ensembles in the Maplewood/South Orange, NJ school district. At the age of 13, Tom started playing the electric bass. Tom performed with various bands in high school and his musical horizons widened. After experiencing an incredible McCoy Tyner concert in New York, Tom knew he wanted to play jazz in order to become a great improvisational bassist.
During his undergraduate years at Rutgers University, Tom studied with Professor Andy Eulau and fellow South Orange resident and bass master John Lee (Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins) who served as a musical mentor for Tom in the New York City jazz scene.
Tom moved to New Orleans in 2008 to help rebuild the city post hurricane Katrina. Falling in love with early jazz and roots music, Tom found work as a freelance bassist for over a decade. After touring with Voodoo Town and Debauche, and freelance stints with Hannibal Lokumbe, Don Vappie, Steve Masakowski, Ellis Marsalis, Leon ‘Kid Chocolate’ Brown, Tom has immersed himself in the traditional and modern jazz scenes of New Orleans. While completing his Master of Music (Jazz Studies) degree at University of New Orleans, Tom studied bass with James Singleton (Astral Project), Roland Guerin (Allen Toussaint, Dr. John), and Peter Harris (Germaine Bazzle). Tom currently works as a bassist and is very active in the Miami music community; playing a variety of styles on a weekly basis and leading his own ensembles. Tom appeared playing bass on American Horror Story 'Coven' Season 3 Episode 7 'The Axeman.' Tom also appeared as a scene bassist on Hank Williams biopic 'I Saw The Light.'