Tom started playing professionally at age 14 at local festivals. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and received a bachelor’s in education from the University of Massachusetts.
He has led his own groups and has been featured as a sideman at numerous venues including the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival in Mexico, and the Pocono Jazz Festival in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Aalfs is featured on three of Etta Jones’ CDs, At Last (1995), The Melody Lingers On (1997), and All the Way (1999). He leads a variety of workshops from grade school to college in many subjects including jazz improvisation, Latin percussion, and interactive poetry.