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Tom Olsen: Bio

Tom loves music. He began piano lessons at age 7 and started composing music while in middle school. Thanks to gifted music teachers and also a remarkably rich music program in public school in Racine WI, Tom won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and numerous local and state competitions for Oboe and Piano performance. He conducted 4 church choirs simultaneously while earning a BA in Church Music composition from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL.

Tom has taught private lessons in the Atlanta area for more than 12 years and helps students make beautiful music using a combination of thoughtful hand technique, sound awareness, pedaling, and dynamics.  Anyone can learn how to play a piece accurately, but fewer performers know how to create an emotional response in the listener.  Tom shows students how to convey the emotion of the music and increase their enjoyment of playing.  It is called 'playing' the piano for a reason - it should be fun!

Tom is a happily working professional musician who performs 150+ times per year.  He plays keyboard for One World Spiritual Center every Sunday; is a regular solo performer at Chateau Elan; plays keys with the Nat George Players, the Eldridge Simms Quintet, and The Adrian Ash Group; was Musical Director/Piano Conductor for the Sondheim musical 'Assassins'; substitute pianist for St Mark's Methodist Church; keyboard player for R&B vocalist Castor Holliness and his band 4-True; and accompanist for jazz vocalists Raquel Lozano and pop/R&B vocalist Lina Kawar.

In 2009 Tom formed The Tom Olsen Trio (upright bass, drums, and keys) and they have performed with dozens of guest artists. Since 2010 Tom's Trio performs at Maggiano's Little Italy every Wednesday night from 6:30PM to 9:30PM http://locations.maggianos.com/georgia/atlanta/30339/1601-cumberland-mall-se/

Tom has performed in numerous venues around Atlanta including: Delta Flight Museum, Chateau Elan, The Rialto Theatre, The Fox Theatre, The High Museum of Art, The Cobb Galleria, The Georgian Club, Vinings Club, Atlanta Country Club, Evergreen at Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain Riverboat, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, Ravinia, Colony Square, Loews Hotel, Ritz Carlton Buckhead, Doubletree Hotel, Four Seasons Atlanta, Georgian Terrace, Studio 800 East, Sax Fifth Avenue, Churchill Grounds, numerous restaurants including a 2 year stint every Friday at Houston's playing solo piano, more than 50 times at Ray's in the City, weekly at KC Pit BBQ, Pano's and Paul's, Coaxum's in Conyers, Basil's, Bojhanic, Maggiano's Little Italy Buckhead, Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint, Northside Tavern, Twain's, Java Monkey and countless private events.

Tom lives in Marietta GA with his wife and 2 precocious children.

SONG LIST

SONG LIST OF JAZZ STANDARDS

42nd Street
500 Miles High
728
A Child is Born
A Foggy Day
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
A Train
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive
Affirmation
Africa
Afro Blue
After You've Gone
Agua De Beber
Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't No Sunshine
Ain't She Sweet
All Blues
All I Ask of You
All My Tomorrows
All of Me
All of You
All or Nothing at All
All The Things You Are
Almost Like Being In Love
Alone Together
Always
Angel Eyes
Antigua
Anything Goes
April in Paris
As Time Goes By
At Last
Au Privave
Autumn in New York
Autumn Leaves
Avalon
Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Bag's Groove
Basin St Blues
Baubles, Bangles and Beads
Besame Mucho
Best is Yet To Come
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Bewitched TV Show Theme Song
Beyond the Sea
Birk's Works
Birth of the Blues
Black and Blue
Black Orpheus
Blackbird
Blame It On My Youth
Blue and Sentimental
Blue Bossa
Blue Monk
Blue Moon
Blue Room
Blue Skies
Blue Suede Shoes
Blue Trane
Blues March
Bluesette
Body and Soul
Bohemia After Dark
Bossa Rokka
Brazil
Bud's Blues
But Beautiful
But Not For Me
Button Up Your Overcoat
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Bye Bye Blackbird
Bye Bye Blues
C-Jam Blues
Call Me
Can't Help Lovin' That Man
Cantaloupe Island
Caravan
Cast Your Fate To the Wind
Centerpiece
Ceora
C'est Si Bon
Chameleon
Charade
Cheek to Cheek
Cherokee
Chicago, That Toddlin Town

Chicken, The

Chitlins Con Carne
Close To You
Close Your Eyes
Cold Duck Time
Come Fly With Me
Comin' Home Baby
Corcovado
Crazy
Cute
Dancin' on the Ceiling
Day By Day
Days of Wine and Roses
Deacon Blues
Dear Old Stockholm
Dearly Beloved
Deed I Do
Desafinado
Devil May Care
Do It Again
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Do You Know What it Means To Miss New Orleans?
Don't Blame Me
Don't Fence Me In
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Doxy
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Drop Me Off in Harlem
East of the Sun
Easy to Love
Embraceable You
Emily
Equinox
Estate
Everybody Loves Somebody
Exactly Like You
Falling in Love Again
Falling in Love With Love
Feel Like Makin' Love
Feelin' Good
Feels So Good
Fever
Fields Of Gold - Sting
Fine Romance
Five Foot Two
Fly Me To The Moon
Footprints
For Sentimental Reasons
Four
Freddie the Freeloader
Funkallero
Games People Play
Gentle Rain
Georgia on My Mind
Get Me to the Church on Time
Gettin' it Togetha'
Giant Steps
Girl From Ipanema
Girl Talk
Glory of Love
God Bless the Child
Goin' Out of My Head
Good Morning Heartache
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Greensleeves
Groovin' High

Groovy Samba

Hackensack
Happy People
Happy Together
Harlem Nocturne
Have You Met Ms. Jones

Heatwave (Irving Berlin)

Here's That Rainy Day

Honeysuckle Rose

How Deep is the Ocean

How Deep is Your Love

How High the Moon
How Insensitive
I Can't Get Started
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Concentrate on You
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Could Write a Book
I Get a Kick out of You
I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good
I Got Rhythm
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
I Love Being Here With You
I Love Lucy
I Love Paris
I Love You
I Only Have Eyes For You
I Remember You
I Say A Little Prayer For You
I Thought About You
I Wish You Love
If I Were a Rich Man
I'll Remember April
I'm Beginning to See The Light
I'm Confessin' That I Love You
I'm Glad There is You
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
I'm In The Mood For Love
Imagine
In a Mellow Tone
In a Sentimental Mood
In The Mood
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
In Walked Bud
Inch Worm
Invitation
Isn't It Romantic
It All Depends on You
It Could Happen To You
It Don't Mean a Thing
It Had To Be You
It Might As Well Be Spring
It's Been A Long Long Time
It's De-Lovely
It's Only a Paper Moon
It's The Talk Of The Town
It's Too Late Baby
I've Got a Crush on You
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
I've Got Rhythm
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face
Jeanine
Jitterbug Waltz
Jive Samba
Josie
Joy Spring
Just a Gigolo
Just Friends
Just in Time
Just One Of Those Things
Just The Two Of Us
Just You, Just Me
Kansas City
Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
Kid Charlemagne
Killer Joe
La Vie en Rose
Lady Bird
Land of Make Believe
Like Someone in Love
Lil' Darling
Little Boat
Little Sunflower
Look of Love
L-O-V-E
Love For Sale
Love Me Or Leave Me
Love's Theme
Lovely Day
Lover Man
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby in Rhythm
Lulu's Back in Town
Luck Be A Lady Tonight
Lush Life
Mack the Knife
Making Whoopee
Mannix Theme
Mambo Inn
Mamacita

Maputo

Man I Love
Mas Que Nada
Masquerade
Meditation
Memphis Underground
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Milestones
Misty
Moanin'
Moon and Sand
Moon River
Moondance
Moonglow
Moonlight Becomes You
Moonlight In Vermont
Moonlight Saving Time
More Than You Know

Mornin'
Morning Dance
Moten's Swing
Mr Magic
Mr PC
My Cherie Amour
My Favorite Things
My Foolish Heart
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
My Heart Stood Still
My Little Suede Shoes
My One and Only Love
My Romance
Nancy With the Laughing Face
Nardis
Nature Boy
Nearness of You
Night and Day
Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Night in Tunisia
No More Blues
Norwegian Wood
Odd Couple
Old Devil Moon
On A Clear Day
On Green Dolphin St
On the Street Where You Live
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Once I Had a Secret Love
Once I Loved
One Mint Julep
One Note Samba
Our Day Will Come
Our Love is Here To Stay
Out of Nowhere
Over the Rainbow
Overjoyed by Stevie Wonder
P.S. I Love You
Peace
Peg
Pennies From Heaven
Pennsylvania Six 5000
People Will Say We're In Love
Perdido
Petit Fleur
Pfrancing
Pick Yourself Up
Pink Panther
Poinciana
Polkadots and Moonbeams
Put on a Happy Face
Puttin on the Ritz
Quando, Quando, Quando
Quiet Nights / Corcovado
Recordame
Red Clay
Ribbon in the Sky

Rikki Don't Lose That Number

Rise

Road Song
Round Midnight
Romeo and Juliet Theme
Route 66
Ruby My Dear
Sack of Woe
Sailing
Salt Peanuts
Samba De Orpheus
Sandu (Eb blues)
Satin Doll
Scotch and Soda
Scrapple from the Apple
Second Line (Joe Avery Blues)
Secret Love
Senior Blues
Sentimental Journey
September in the Rain
Seven Steps To Heaven
Shadow of Your Smile
Shiny Stockings
Sidewinder
Since I Fell For You
Sing, Sing, Sing
Skylark
Smile
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
So Nice
So What
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Solar
Somebody Loves Me
Someday My Prince Will Come
Someone To Watch Over Me
Song For My Father
Sonny Moon for Two
Speak Low
Spooky
Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
Spring is Here
St James Infirmary
St Thomas
Steppin Out with My Baby
Stardust
Star Eyes
Stardust
Stars Fell on Alabama
Stella By Starlight
Stolen Moments
Stompin' at the Savoy
Stormy Weather
Straight No Chaser
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Street Life
Struttin' with Some Barbeque
Sugar
Summer Breeze
Summertime
Sunny
Surrey with the Fringe on Top
S'Wonderful
Sway
Take Five
Takin' a Chance on Love
Tangerine
Teach Me Tonight
Tenderly
That Old Black Magic
That's All
That's Amore
The Birth Of The Blues
The Lady Is A Tramp
The More I See You
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
The Very Thought of You
The Way You Look Tonight
Theme from Mannix
There is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
They Say It's Wonderful
Things We Did Last Summer
This Guy's In Love With You
This I Dig Of You
This Masquerade
Til There Was You
Time After Time
Time in a Bottle
Too Marvelous for Words
Tour de Force
Triste
Tune Up
Turn Your Love Around
Undecided
Under a Blanket of Blue
Unforgettable
Up Jumped Spring
Very Thought of You
Walkin' After Midnight
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Watch What Happens
Watermelon Man
Way You Look Tonight
Wave
Well You Needn't
We're in the Money
We're In This Love Together
We've Only Just Begun
What a Difference a Day Made
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
What a Wonderful World
What are You Doing New Years?
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
What is This Thing Called Love
What the World Needs Now Is Love
What's Going On?
What's New?
When I Fall In Love
When Somebody Loves You
When Sunny Gets Blue
When You Wish Upon a Star
When You're Smiling
Where or When
Whisper Not
Who's Sorry Now?
Willow Weep for Me
Witchcraft
Work Song
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
Yardbird Suite
Yesterday
You and the Night and the Music
You Are So Beautiful To Me
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You Do Something To Me
You Don't Know What Love Is
You Go To My Head
You're the Cream in my Coffee
You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You