Teachers at the Old Town School

Jimmy Tomasello

Guitar, Bass, MUSIC

Joe Hill to Jay Z.

Jimmy T. currently teaches a good number of classes, including Teen Guitar and Adult Core Guitar! He also drives the bus for the Dylan Ensemble, the Stones Ensemble and occasionally other specialty classes. Jimmy is an honorary member of the Soul Ensemble and the Grateful Dead Ensemble, which he started years ago!

He performs with BLT (with comrades Bill Brickey & Steve Levitt) at private parties and nightclubs. T has been Lead Guitarist for the GroovePushers (Chicago's Funk Mob) since WW2. There is very little music that Jimmy does not teach or play! He's been in treatment for "funkaholicism"; since first hearing Sly and the Family Stone in 1969!

When the sun is up. he wears the hat of Guitar Program Manager and also oversees Bass, Songwriting and many of the ensemble classes. In a former life, Jimmy lived in a green absinthe haze cavorting with poets and prostitutes in Paris circa the late 1800s'...

MUSICAL QUOTE: “I love whatcha doin’ babe but you KNOW it’s all about THE ONE.”
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Miles, the 3 Stooges, & Judy Garland.

Education: BA in Philosophy and Psychology;
David Sudnow for Piano/Music Theory. Raphael Garret for Saxophone. Howard Roberts, Ray Tate, and Sister Mary Helen for Guitar.

Started at the Old Town School in March of 1987

Upcoming Workshops

Dylan Songbag: Folk Standards Thru The Years

Open to All

$20 ($15 members)

Fri. October 11, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

We’ll learn and play some traditional folk music song that the Bobster has covered over the years. Concert recordings will be offered in addition to the charts. Expect some Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotton, Blues and gospel gems.

Dylan Songbag: Nobel Prize Worthy Songs


$20 ($15 members)

Fri. November 15, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This month we’ll play a dozen or so songs which we believe are worthy of Nobel recognition. Some of the obvious ones and some deep cuts. Shakespeare’s in the alley. Bring a capo

Dylan Songbag: Christmas and The Chairman


$20 ($15 members)

Fri. December 13, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

We’ll learn few of Dylan’s holiday arrangements as well as a handful of his Frank Sinatra covers from earlier this decade.