On some days, the straightforwardorgan trio jazz of Jack Mcduff is all I need to bring on the sunshine. One such morning last year I went looking for hottest local organ sounds I could find, and Oklahoma City did not disappoint. Jeremy Thomas has such a diverse vocabulary as a Jazz, and Funk musician that it’s hard to know where to begin. One thing pervades it all though, pure and simple joy.
To get you warmed up: here’s a clip from a Kansas City show earlier this year:
Now don’t that get ‘ya a little excited?
In the past decade, Jeremy built a legacy as a hardworking sideman throughout the Jazz world. He has toured and performed with Joey Defrancesco, Arturo Sandoval, David Sanborn, to name only a few. On the road, Jeremy Thomas distinguished himself on not only the B3 but has held court with some of the legendary Jazz players of our time as both drummer and bassist. Now and often, he regularly introduces at-will combinations of those skills into his performances.
Now whether or not you are familiar with the Hammond B3 and its place in the Jazz world, you can’t help but feel the infusion of happiness that rings through every note of the instrument. It’s a perfect match for who Jeremy Thomas is. He pairs the Gospel shouts of the keys, with his own brand of groove and spirit and has been bringing that lively performance to people all over OKC and around the country.
Always true to his roots, he can often be found supporting local venues and aspiring Jazz musicians throughout OKC. Here’a quick interview from one of his recent performances at SaintsSessions.
What will Jeremy Thomas Think Of Next?
In the past few years, he’s been placing himself center stage as frontman for the Jeremy Thomas Quartet, among other projects. Recently, to bring his music to even further reaches of the globe, Jeremy is rumored to be working on some European festival dates.
The Jeremy Thomas Quartet has continued to play in support of JT’s 2017 first solo release. “Jeremy Thomas I Am.” On this most recent Album, Jeremy took time to explore some deep Gospel and RnB grooves with excellent Jazz and Fusion aesthetics. It’s an excellent record with top-notch production, showcasing his skills not only on stage but in the studio.
They’ve got several upcoming dates both for Deep Deuce Sessions and around the city. Check the OkSessions calendar and follow Jeremy Thomas on Facebookas well as his website www.jeremythomasquartet.com