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Tommy Dodson - The Other SideBorn in Ft. Scott, Kansas, I grew up listening to Rock 'n' Roll artists like James Brown and Little Richard. Because my father was a jazz saxophonist, I also listened to the greats of his era, such as Nat "King" Cole, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. Early on I began piano lessons and soon was playing for and singing in my church's gospel choir. I formed my own combo at the age of 12 and toured Southern Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. At 14, I moved to Los Angeles, attending Dorsey High and graduating from Los Angeles High School. I then attended Los Angeles City College for two years and Cal State L.A. for another two, majoring in music.

For several years I worked in clubs in Southern California, performing with groups, as well as working as a solo artist in piano bars.

Many have compared my jazz singing and cabaret style to those of the late Bobby Short and Nat "King" Cole.

For four years I traveled with Crystal Cruise Lines, performing nightly in their Avenue Saloon—a luxuriously appointed lounge and piano bar. I also produced, arranged and performed one-man cabaret shows with the ship's orchestra on "the big stage."  Over those four years I was privileged to set foot in nearly every port in the world that welcomes large ocean liners.  In addition, I was requested to be a lead entertainer on two 180-day World Cruises.

Currently I perform in local piano clubs in the Los Angeles area, as well as at private parties from Beverly Hills to Palm Springs to the greater San Francisco area. In collaboration with the noted lyricist Curtis Long, I have written the music to three musicals:  Playing The Game; Booze, Blues and Attitude; and David and Jonathan.  We have also collaborated on songs for several of my albums.  My music can be heard on local radio and television stations in Pasadena and San Diego.

 
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