"Jack Tone-Riordan is one of my favorite players on the scene today. He is a true improviser who truly swings: a very rare and refreshing thing! He represents a beautiful balance of thinking and feeling in his playing: he is always looking for something new but always playing for the groove and for the sake of personal expression. He is someone to keep your ears on if you like guitar players that swing and have a great sound!!"
- Peter Bernstein
Jack moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999 after graduating highschool in the small town of Sutter Creek California. He attended San Francisco State University where he studied under Andrew Speight and artists in residence Branford Marsalis and John Handy. An important aspect of Jack's development was nights spent watching bebop guitar great Bruce Forman at "Jazz at Pearls." Listening, sitting in and formal studies gave way to gigging and eventually becoming one of the most in demand guitar players on the Bay Area jazz scene. Aside from a brief stint in New York, he remained in the bay for 20 plus years until recently relocating to Los Angeles.