Tom Stephen is best known as drummer with Jeff Healey. Both musicians knew each other from jam sessions. When Healey was suddenly flooded with calls for club dates after playing with Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the guitarist quickly put together a trio with drummer Tom Stephen and studio bassist Joe Rockman.
Stephen, who did not learn to play drums until he was twenty-eight, was happy to leave his job as an urban planner for the Ontario Land Corporation.
Shortly after its formation, the Jeff Healey Band toured extensively (200-300 concerts annually) in Canada for about two years.