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LIVE FROM THE HEAT DOME

My new album “Live From The Heat Dome,” on Imani Records drops September 17th, 2022 featuring Orrin Evans, Ted Poor, Eric Revis, and special guests Skerik and Johnaye Kendrick. Look out!

Catch us in person this fall:

September 23 – Frankies Jazz Club, Vancouver, B.C.

September 24 – Frankie’s Jazz Club, Vancouver, B.C.

September 25 – The Jazz Project, Bellingham, WA

September 26 – Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA

October 7 – Andy’s Jazz Club, Chicago, IL

October 8 – Andy’s Jazz Club, Chicago, IL

February 19th in Philly!

I’m taking part in “Philly Celebrates Lee Morgan” Saturday, February 19th at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia. I’m joining Philadelphians Victor North, Vince Ector, Jonathan Michel, Luke O’Reilly and Orrin Evans. Get your tickets or sign up for the livestream HERE.

Fellowship on February 8th!

The newly formed Fellowship ‘Ceptet, a program of Seattle Jazz Fellowship, debuts February 8th. Join us – tickets available HERE.

SEATTLE JAZZ FELLOWSHIP – OPENING THIS OCTOBER

On October 20th, the Seattle Jazz Fellowship will begin its series of “Fellowship Wednesdays” at Vermillion Art Bar and Gallery. You can learn more about the series and how you can support this organization by visiting the website at www.seattlejazzfellowship.org – see you there!

Swinging Into Summer And Beyond

Join me on August 9th and 10th where I’ll be appearing with Ari Joshua’s band, featuring Delvon Llamar for two nights of funky music in the newly re-opened Jazz Alley. I’ll be back at Jazz Alley the following week with Marc Seales’ band on August 17th and 18th. And if a picnic in the park is more your vibe, you can catch my band at The Lodge at St. Edwards State park on September 1st.

Starting September 20th, I’ll be hosting a new jam session at the Royal Room every Monday at 9:00 PM. PLEASE COME JAM WITH US!

Last July, during the “Heat-Dome,” I managed to gather Ted Poor, Eric Revis and Orrin Evans into the studio for a two-day recording session. We were also joined by Skerik and Johnaye Kendrick and the result was inter-stellar to say the least! Look for this new project early next year.

Looking forward to October, my good friend and brother Ray Vega and I will reunite once again for another East-West Trumpet Summit. This time we will be joined by Roy McCurdy on drums for a performance at the Bellevue Jazz Festival followed by a day in the studio for the third Trumpet Summit album. This one is sure to be a swinging affair!

A PLAN FOR 2021

When the pandemic ends and quarantine restrictions ease, where will our jazz community get back into the swing of things? This is a question I have been asking myself for the past year. With no full-time jazz club hosting local artists on a nightly basis, we don’t have much to come back to. With that main interest in mind, I’ve decided to start a 501(c)3 non-for-profit corporation called the Seattle Jazz Fellowship. Our mission is to operate a performing arts space where we will host live shows, run a mentorship program, and host programs dedicated to enriching our jazz community. My hope is that there will be a place in the fellowship for everyone who wants one. As of this writing, it is fully formed on paper and we are going to start fund-raising soon so we can be ready when the pandemic ends. For more information, and to find out how YOU can get involved, please visit www.seattlejazzfellowship.org.

2020 Earshot Jazz Festival


Next Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 PM, I’ll be taking the stage at Seattle’s Town Hall Forum as part of the 2020 Earshot Jazz Festival. Joining me is the amazing Marc Seales on piano, master bassist Jeff Johnson, and the always entertaining John Bishop on drums. We’ll be lifting spirits and putting minds at ease – join us!

Tickets for the show are available by clicking HERE.  

New Video!

Hi friends – take a look at my new video! I wrote this composition a while back but always wanted to record a version where I play all the parts. Since we have plenty of time on our hands right now I decided to go for it and I think it turned out pretty well! Take a look:

THE TRUMPET SHIP HAS ARRIVED!

My new album, TRUMPET SHIP, is now available on Origin Records! In these trying and uncertain times, I encourage you to take a break and journey through time and space with me. Available on CD, LP or MP3 everywhere music is sold, downloaded or streamed. (Or just follow the links below.) Thanks for your support – Thomas

Buy a CD direct from Origin Records HERE:

Buy an LP from Easy Street Records HERE

Buy an MP3 from Apple Music HERE 

Any format from Amazon HERE.


THANK YOU!

NEW YEAR – NEW ALBUM!!

I’m pleased to announce that in  March 2020 “Trumpet Ship,” my 12th album as a leader on Origin Records, (and my 1st vinyl LP!) will be released. Look for it everywhere good music is sold!