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This profile was last updated on 9/17/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Guitarist and Saxophone Player


Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member


  • jazz composition
    Berklee College of Music
  • West Morris Mendham High School
  • Normandy Park School
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Talking fame with Foreigner's Tom Gimbel
Foreigner :: Tom Gimbel Biography, 3 Aug 2013 [cached]
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BIOGRAPHY > Tom Gimbel
A multi-instrumentalist, Tom plays rhythm guitar, keyboards, sax, and flute. It was the music of Blood Sweat and Tears and Chicago that truly fired his interest in the sound of horns.
"When I started playing sax I tried to sound like him, learning to nail the high notes," reveals Gimbel. "This was good training to play the solo on "Urgent" years later!"
After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tom began touring with Aerosmith playing keyboards and saxophone. With them, he did two world tours, numerous TV and film appearances including Woodstock 2, Wayne's World 2, Saturday Night Live and MTV unplugged.
Tom Gimbel, guitarist and ..., 2 Mar 2012 [cached]
Tom Gimbel, guitarist and sax player for Foreigner, says he is amazed at the power of music.
"Music brings back so many memories," Gimbel said.
We can't wait to come to San Bernardino, where it's warm," said Gimbel, in an interview from the Midwest.
Gimbel, who principally plays guitar and saxophone for Foreigner, loves all instruments and plays seven of them, he said.
"We like being involved with schools and helping to save the music," Gimbel said. "We feel strongly about that."
In addition to Gimbel, band members include founder songwriter/guitarist Mick Jones; lead singer Kelly Hansen; drummer Mark Schulman; guitarist Michael Bluestein; and bassist Jeff Pilson.
"We're on a roll - both barrels are blazing," Gimbel said.
Daily Record - Local News - Morris native shows Rock 'N' Roll dreams can come true, 7 Oct 2005 [cached]
Tommy Gimbel of the band Foreigner rocks the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre in Virginia Beach, Va., in 2002.
Tommy Gimbel will be returning home tonight when he takes the stage at the Morristown Community Theatre as a member of the rock band Foreigner.
Gimbel, 45, who's been a in the British band for more than a decade, entered the world at Morristown Memorial Hospital and attended Normandy Park School.
Now he plays rhythm guitar, saxophone and flute for the band that was launched in 1976 by British musicians Mick Jones and Ian McDonald.
Jones is the lone remaining original member, but reconstituted the band with Gimbel, Jason Bonham, Kelly Hansen, Jeff Jacobs and Jeff Pilson.
>"I think it's been a great relationship," Gimbel said during a phone interview from Los Angeles.
Gimbel, who attended West Morris Mendham High School for two years, eventually wound up in Boston at Berklee College of Music, where he got a degree in jazz composition.
"I started playing the bars,"he said of his start."Back in the day that's how you did it."
Eventually his name caught on and he was recommended to fellow musician Jon Butcher.
"At that point it was all word of mouth and a sound man recommended me to Aerosmith," he said of the famous Boston-based band he toured with for two years in the early 1990s.
For the most part, though, Gimbel has been a member of Foreigner for more than 10 years and said he was a fan of the band when they first hit American airwaves in the 1970s.
"We heard them on the radio," he said."I was actually very fond of their music."
Gimbel pointed to his West Morris music teacher Doug Beavers as a huge influence early in his musical life.
"He was a nice kid, and he seemed to be a few steps ahead of the rest of the class," Beavers said of Gimbel, who at that time in the mid-1970s was fond of playing the sax and keyboards.
As for the show in Morristown, Gimbel said it's something for the whole family.
"We have a whole new wave of teenagers, 20-something-year-olds who have discovered the music," he said.
Foreigner :: Official Foreigner Biography including band member bios, 3 Aug 2013 [cached]
Along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, each adding their individual credentials to the mix, the band is stronger and more powerful than ever.
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