Tom Jares is a veteran of the Cleveland music scene, known for his contributions as a guitarist and bassist. He was a member of influential bands such as The Wild Giraffes, The French Lenards, and Coltrane Wreck. Jares has also worked as a sideman for acts like Becky Boyd’s Real Life and Cats On Holiday.
With a background in jazz, Jares studied under renowned instructors Dick Laurie and John Toula. He played bass in John Toula’s jazz trio, JT3, and collaborated with local band leaders including Eric Everett Jazz Productions, Jeff Kennet Jazz Trio, and The Biasella Trio.
In addition to his group work, Jares showcases his versatility as a solo artist. Armed with a looper pedal, he creates captivating one-man-band performances, layering intricate guitar arrangements and rhythms to mesmerize audiences. His mastery of the looper pedal adds a unique dimension to his live shows, allowing him to create rich and immersive musical experiences.
Jares has delighted listeners at social events, fundraisers, and clubs, where his solo performances captivate and energize the atmosphere. His ability to create a full sound as a one-man band demonstrates his exceptional musical talent and dedication to pushing the boundaries of his craft.
Tom Jares continues to inspire with his multifaceted musical abilities and remains an influential figure in the Cleveland music community.