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.
Baldwins self-produced CD
Glom On To This features his own compositions. He has appeared as a
sideman on over 30 other CDs, notably Steve Herbermans
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 Martuccis CD
Life In Hand includes 3 of Baldwins 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.