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

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Fall 2018 Tour

Open to All

$20 ($18 members)

Fri. December 14, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month come play songs from one of Bob's sets from the current leg of his American Tour.

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Bob’s Birthday Celebration!

Open to All

$20 ($18 members)

Fri. May 17, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month we’ll celebrate Bob’s birthday (78 and counting!) by singing songs of empowerment!

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Traveling Wilburys: What happened to Volume 2?

Open to All

$20 ($18 members)

Fri. June 14, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month we’ll go over the Traveling Wilburys. What happened to Volume 2?

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Recordings from Nashville

Open to All

$20 ($18 members)

Fri. January 18, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month we’ll cover recordings from Nashville such as Blondes, Johns and the Skyline.

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Love Songs of the 60’s and 70’s

Open to All

$20 ($18 members)

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

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month we’ll cover his love songs of the 60’s and 70’s.

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Love Songs of the 80’s and Beyond

Open to All

$20 ($18 members)

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

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month we’ll cover his love songs of the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s.

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Shakespeare's In The Alley

Open to All

$20 ($18 members)

Fri. April 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month we’ll cover Shakespeare's In The Alley: The Bard on the Bard, Tempest and more!