As a pianist Tom Cleary has long-term performing associations with artists including Ellen Powell, James Harvey, Ray Vega and Rick Davies, and has accompanied artists including Lester Bowie, Bill Frisell, Chris Vidala and Pete Yellin. He also plays keyboards and sings in a band led by bassist Mike Gordon, with whom he has done a number of national and regional tours. His playing is featured on a number of live recordings by the Mike Gordon band, including ‘Boulder 2008’, ‘Asheville 3/20/11’ and the recent release ‘The Egg’.
He has been featured as pianist and/or arranger on recordings with artists including his wife, singer/songwriter Amber deLaurentis (on Hey Sadie), trombonist Rick Davies (on Siempre Salsa and Salsa Nortena), vocalist Hillary Capps (A Perfect Dozen and Playlist) and tenor saxophonist Brian McCarthy (all available on iTunes) and the debut CD by jazz vocal trio Blue Gardenias. His performing career has also included work as an accompanist for many vocalists including Jenni Johnson, Sandra Wright, Denise Whittier, Juliet McVicker, Taryn Noelle, Amber deLaurentis and recently Evita Cobo.
As a composer Mr. Cleary has been commissioned by groups including the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (for whom he composed the song cycle New Seasons, Alter'd Sky, 2004) and the vocal group Social Band (his piece 'Three Seasons', was featured on their recent 'Earthly Ground' tour). His work as a musical director has included many productions at Saint Michael's Playhouse, including Big River, Barnum and The Drowsy Chaperone, as well as a number of UVM Theatre productions, including recent productions of The Good Woman of Setzuan and Twelfth Night . He teaches jazz piano and jazz ensembles on the faculty of the Flynn Arts jazz program and the UVM Music Department's Jazz Studies program.