Jay Thomas, Director Band III
Jay Thomas, a native of Seattle, is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes) as well as an experienced jazz educator. His music is eclectic, drawing on all musical situations in his life. His music could be described as lyrical without losing touch with the blues.
Jay’s musical talent was recognized early on. While still in high school he was the recipient of a DownBeat scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston. From Boston, Jay moved to New York, where he frequented Greenwich Village jam sessions and worked one summer with Machito’s Latin band. Three years later, he added flute and tenor to his repertoire. Through the mid-seventies, Jay lived in the Bay Area and played with the area’s top musicians, including Jessica Williams. In 1979 he moved back to Seattle and became a frequent member of the house band at Parnell’s Jazz Club, working engagements with jazz artists George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, Diane Schuur and Slim Gaillard and sitting in with many greats as they traveled through Seattle. Jay was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2003, and was named 2012's Northwest Instrumentalist of the Year by Earshot Jazz. He can be heard on over 60 LPs and CDs that run the gamut from hip-hop to acid-jazz, rock, Latin, and big band.
Read this Wall Street Journal article about, Jay written by noted jazz critic Nat Hentoff.
Visit Jay's website: http://www.jaythomasjazz.com/main.html