Tom Sanchez Biography


Tom SanchezTom Sanchez (also listed as Tommy Sanchez on many CD's) began playing guitar at age 9. Born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Tom was quickly drawn to the blues and early blues-influenced rock. After performing with a handful of bands during high school it was off to Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) where Sanchez graduated with a Degree in Music specializing in Music Production and Engineering. Once againTom Sanchez - Grammies making his home in Chicago, Sanchez began working as recording engineer and quickly developed a reputation as an in-demand studio guitarist. While in Chicago Tom had played in many bands, most notably Liquid Soul, Soulvitamins and Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners. Tom has recently returned to the San Diego area after living in Midwest for several years and continues to perform (with his band HBS and others), record and teach. For more information see the lists below and check the Discography.

Studio Experience
Hundreds of National TV and Radio Jingles including:


State Farm
Ford Motor Co.
Miller Brewing Co.

Composed and performed on songs for TV:

ABC "Eastwick"
ABC Family "Pretty Little Liars"

Showtime "Californication"
SCI-FI Channel "Flash Gordon"


Donna Summer (#1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play)
Karen Ramirez (Billboard's Top 20 Hot Dance Music/Club Play)

Live Experience

Live performances in the United States, Japan, Germany, Turkey, Canada and Mexico

Performances opening for the following national artists:

Isaac Hayes
Boz Scaggs
Collective Soul
Huey Lewis and the News
Maceo Parker
They Might Be Giants
Lyle Lovett
Ratdog (Bob Weir)
Chaka Khan
Los Lobos
L.L. Cool J
Ben Harper
Jazz & Acid Jazz:
George Benson
Charlie Hunter
Michael Brecker
Roy Haynes Trio
Count Basie Orchestra
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Wayne Shorter
B.B. King Jonny Lang Buddy Guy      Koko Taylor Lonnie Mack Etta James

Video Experience

Liquid Soul "Salt Peanuts/Chocolate Covered Nut"
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) "I've Always Got You"
Mink Cafe "Wrap Your Love Around Me"

Performance Highlights
  • Sting opening shows (The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC; Central Park, NYC; Blockbuster Pavilion, N. Carolina; Alltel Pavilion, N. Carolina)
  • Presidential Inaugural Ball and Parade (1997)
  • JVC Jazz Festival (Newport, R.I.)
  • Jazz Wind Festival (Furano, Japan)
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Madarao, Japan)
  • Cancun Jazz Festival (Cancun, Mexico)
  • Babylon Club (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Canadian Jazz Festivals (Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Quebec City)
  • Moers Festival (Moers, Germany)
  • Dennis Rodman's birthday bash (joined onstage by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and John Popper of Blues Traveler)
  • CBS's "The Saturday Early Show" Second Cup Cafe


"The immortal JB's also haunt the wonderfully caffeinated THREADIN THE NEEDLE, with Williams' lusty outbursts recalling Maceo Parker and the chicken-scratch guitar of Tommy Sanchez (Liquid Soul's secret weapon) echoing Jimmy Nolen."


"Guitarist Tommy Sanchez spends most of his time holding down a formidable groove, but steps out on occasion to show off some serious and musically eclectic chops."


"...styles ranging from corrosive fusion fueled by the Hendrix-style licks of guitarist Tommy Sanchez..."



"I feel like I was just punched in the face by awesomeness!"

-- Mia M. 

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