Singer / Songwriter / Multi-Instrumentalist / Engineer
Since mid 2003, Tommy has been the utility man for Dave Menikettis
solo band: MENIKETTI. Tommy is featured on both guitar
and keys. Dave established this well followed band while on hiatus
from the well known Y&T. Since 2003, MENIKETTI has
stacked up numerous bay area and west coast shows, as well as the
2003 Japanese tour which produced the MENIKETTI Live in Japan
West Coast tours, Tommy fronts his own original New York City based
band. High energy shows consisting of catchy rock n
roll tunes written about the every day. Critics describe Tommy Grasso
as: "Train" meets Lenny Kravitz. One
things for sure, this music is rockin' fun. Its got
something for everyone. TG3, (Tommy's 2005 release) was produced
by the bay areas Myron Dove. Myron (formerly of SANTANA) assembled
a musician power house for this record. The bands line up
included: the infamous mad skills of drummer Dennis Chambers, keyboardist
extraordinaire Edward Roth, slide guitar wiz Tony Furtado, and Myron
himself on bass.
keeping in step as an artist/musician/performer, Tommy keeps his
sound engineering chops up as well. He has managed to mix over a
dozen Broadway shows, and national touring productions of Broadway
shows in the past six years. Tommy frequently performs to packed
area clubs while on the road, in order to promote his most recent
Little Grasso History - Growing up, Tommy Grasso basically lived
in his older brother Lennys recording studio. Observing and
absorbing his surroundings, he developed skills as a multi-instrumentalist.
Tommy has played a little of everything. Both in the studio and
live, he has worked as a front vocalist, guitarist, bass player,
drummer, and keyboardist. Check out the credits on his first three
releases. Notice that on several cuts, he plays all the instruments.
Tommys first album credit came at the age of twelve when he
appeared playing saxophone on a Christian music mail order record.
He continues to be involved in several live and studio projects
simultaneously, including The 70s soul band the STYLISTICS.
it all began...
Tommys parents, Lenny Sr. and Margaret, met in 1953 singing
opposite each other in a variety show. Somehow they knew then that
if they decided to be lifetime partners, any offspring would have
a high exposure to music and a high likely hood to pursue it. Five
kids later, Tommy being the fifth, there were piano lessons, plays,
recitals, band and orchestra concerts, marching band, voice lessons,
and so on
.all around! They all had the musical bug,
especially the three boys: Lenny Jr., Ralph, and of course Tommy.
help from Dad, Tommy and middle brother Ralph, the Grasso Family
assisted oldest brother Lenny Jr. in building the first incarnation
of Little Apple Recording when Tommy was just 14. It would turn
out to be the foundation and confirmation that these three brothers
from New Jersey would dedicate their lives to music. The recording
format was an Ampex eight track on one inch tape, teamed up with
a custom designed all tube recording console. Several years later,
the Grasso brothers would learn that this console was
one of three built, and that it was designed by the legendary Les
Over the years the studio has gone through many reincarnations.
It now consists of both analog and digital twenty-four track recording
formats and is still housed in the same family owned building that
once was GRASSO PASTA CO. in Raritan, New Jersey. The
Grasso Building also houses a second full service independent recording
studio, and offers music instruction.