Tom Monari is a singer-song writer living in Swarthmore Pennsylvania. He has performed in local bands Since the 1980s.
In the early 2000s Tom began exploring an interest in writing and performing his own original material in local bands the Storefront Hitchcocks and the Butter Guns.
In 2011 he started PhillyLocalIMPACTLive! – a regional organization with the purpose of providing a forum for local musicians to meet and collaborate through open mics. Since 2012 PhillyLocalIMPACTlive has initiated more than 10 open mics with longest running events at Mcgillins in Philadelphia (since 2012) an Raven Lounge (since 2014).
Focusing on development of artist talent and performance, PhillyLocalIMPACTLive! has provided a space and environment where many local musicians have honed their craft and moved on fulltime careers as musicians.
Most recently Tom has focused on Hot Club and gypsy jazz music, initiating an effort called the Philadelphia Gypsy Jazz Scene which focuses on connecting local musicians in this genre through a regular news letter and hosted open jam sessions in Philadelphia.
He is also working on a new project, a quintet called Manouche 5, influence by Gypsy Jazz and Hot Club music of the 1930s and 40s. This band can be seen Mondays from 6:30-9:30 PM at Heriitage in Northern Liberties.
You can check out some of his original material on the PhillylocalIMPACTLive! page of the following sites:
Calendar and Events on Facebook:
Original Material and Covers on Reverbnation:
Live shows and featured bands on Youtube: