At the same time, he worked with the great jazz drummer Buddy Rich at his new night club "Buddy's Place" as stage manager and MC, where he had a daily working relationship with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington , Lou Rawls, George Benson, Stan Getz and just about every great jazz artist that was working there.
In the late 70s, Tom met Steve Rubell of Studio 54, who convinced Tom to try spinning records. He did many guest sets at the original Studio 54 and, when it closed, went straight to The Palladium (NYC's largest dance club) as resident DJ, where he remained for four years.
Throughout the 80s, Tom freelanced at many top NYC clubs. In the 90s, he worked as VIP room resident DJ at The Red Zone for three years, handling all the VIP guests with great success. At the same time, he played at Au Bar, the preeminent European and world music club of that time, where he learned how to play for the international crowd.