Tuesday, September 26, 2006
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.