Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Live Jazz at Kefa

Friday, October 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
Jazz trumpeter Michael Thomas celebrates the release of It Is What It Is, a new CD by the Michael Thomas Quintet.

Michael Thomas has played with Betty Carter, Keter Betts, Jimmy Heath, Houston Person, Larry Willis, Shirley Scott, Slide Hampton, Buck Hill, Webster Young, Gary Bartz, Joe Williams, and others. He hosted jam sessions at HR-57 (Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues) for three years and does jazz education seminars with Nasar Abadey. Living in the DC/Maryland area since 1993, the Las Vegas native performs regularly with his Quintet and with the Tootsie Gripper's Jazz Vespers Ensemble.

Influenced by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, Stanley Turntine, and Freddie Hubbard, the group plays music rooted in the rich and passionate tradition of jazz.


Amy Kincaid said...

Lots of folks turned out a chilly and rainy Friday night. People spilled out from Space 7:10 into the main cafe—and we were blessed with real jazz, original compositions, and a warm and friendly energy. Thanks to Karl for introducing us (you'll continue to hear the Michael Thomas Quintet's CDs on the regular rotation during cafe hours). And most of all, thanks to Michael and his players for a memorable evening.

Amy Kincaid said...

Listening to the new release, It Is What It Is, this morning... It goes good with the bacon and coffee.

From the liner notes by Askia Muhammad (you know him, right? WPFW's king of jazz):

"...gives us the musicians in a setting we can listen to and compare with the performances of the Jazz Masters. They do not disappoint. To begin with, when Thomas and the ageless Buck Hill do their thing...you can practically hear them passing the lyrics back and forth."

Michael says: no editing, overdubs, or fixing. "Just Good Stuff!" Believe it.