Tom BaldwinTom Baldwin, bassist, composer, and recording artist, was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. After earning a BM in Jazz Studies at Ithaca College, he returned to the Baltimore - Washington metropolitan area and is now among the most in-demand bassists of the region. Since winning second place in the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition, Baldwin has had the opportunity to work with a number of prominent jazz artists, including instrumentalists Eric Alexander, Gene Bertoncini, Stanley Cowell, George Garzone, Tutti Heath, Fred Hersch, Tim Hagans, Harold Mabern, James Moody, and James Williams, as well as vocalists Michael Feinstein, Eartha Kitt, Bernadette Peters, and Kenny Rankin. He has performed at such venues as Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, The Meyerhoff, Strathmore, Wolftrap, and the Library of Congress.

Baldwin’s self-produced CD “Glom On To This” features his own compositions. He has appeared as a sideman on over 30 other CD’s, notably Steve Herberman’s “Ideals”. The 2009 release was on the Jazzweek national airplay chart for 28 weeks, peaking at number 10. Guitarist Vic Juris wrote in the liner notes for Ideals, “Bassist Tom Baldwin is one of the best of the new breed that I have heard in a number of years. He accompanies the trio flawlessly and has impeccable intonation and accuracy.” Tony Martucci’s CD “Life In Hand” includes 3 of Baldwin’s compositions and was named as one of the best of 2011 by the Washington Post.

Baldwin is on the faculty at the University of Maryland in College Park as well as at UMBC. As a clinician, Tom is a regular faculty member at the Maryland Summer Jazz camp, and has been a clinician or adjudicator for various Jazz festivals and workshops at the collegiate and high school level.

"(Baldwin's) musical instincts are superb and...his phenomenal consistency stabilized this rhythm section" - A.J. Collins.