Tom Amend

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Role: Faculty

Position: Instructor of Music


Tom Amend is an organist, pianist, composer, and arranger from Denver, Colorado. Tom performs throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in various settings as both a leader and a sideman. He has performed and or recorded with Colorado-based artists: Gabriel Mervine, Taylor Scott, The Burroughs, Paul Romaine, Greg Gisbert, Steve Kovalcheck, among many others. Amend has also shared the stage with, Jeff Hamilton, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Julia Dollison, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Deborah Brown, John Fedchock, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, and others.

Tom’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Downbeat award-winning UNC Jazz Lab Band One, Vocal Lab, Chris Potter, John Fedchock, and Joey DeFrancesco. His writing is featured on the April 2019 release, “Frontier Justice” featuring Steve Kovalcheck and Jeff Hamilton as well as his March 2021 Octet release, “Heliotrope” that features a host of Colorado’s finest.

Amend received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Master of Music in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado, and has performed with nationally recognized UNC Lab I, UNC Vanguard Combo, and Vocal Lab. Tom performs extensively as both a leader and a sideman.

The Tom Amend Octet debut release, “Heliotrope” is now available!


Master of Music (M.M.) - Jazz Composition, University of Northern Colorado; Bachelor of Music (B.M.) - Jazz Studies, University of Northern Colorado