UArts Pre-College Creative Jazz Institute Faculty Tom Lawton

Tom Lawton is an adjunct professor on the MM in Jazz Studies faculty. He is known for his facility with both traditionally rooted jazz forms and free improvisation. He has played piano from age seven and studied classical music with Horace Alwyne, Joseph Barone, Judith Willoughby, Robert Durso, and Edna Golandsky. His jazz studies were with Gerald Price, Al Stauffer, and Bernard Peiffer. Lawton has been a faculty member at Temple University, UArts, and Bucks County Community College and has given jazz clinics and master classes at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey; Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia; and Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania. He performs extensively at jazz festivals, concert venues, and clubs. Currently located in the Philadelphia area, Lawton performs with Larry McKenna, Lee Smith, Bobby Zankel, Norman David’s Eleventet, Monkadelphia, Joanna Pascale, Mary Ellen Desmond, and Miss Justine.