Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Thomas, Michael J.
Thomas, Michael J., alto and soprano saxophones; b. Elizabethtown, KY, 14 July 1978. His parents are Larry Thomas (b. 1957 in Elizabethtown, KY) and Theresa Thomas (maiden name Durbin) (b. 1958 in Elizabethtown, KY). His sister is Melissa (b. 1981 in Elizabethtown, KY).
While other teenagers in Elizabethtown, Kentucky were listening to alternative rock and the like, Michael spent his school years mesmerized by the rhythm and blues and the soul music of the greats, such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Luther Vandross, and David Sanborn. As a teen, while still an amateur, he won many talent shows and performed often as a solo artist for school and community functions. At the age of 19, he was asked to join the Jive Rockets, a band that toured many larger Midwest venues. They opened for bands such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy, Sister Soleil, and Bill Haley's Original Comets. He opened the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and performs in many of the local night spots in Florida's panhandle.
Most recently, Michael can be seen performing with a trio, The DC Horns, at Rutherford's and the Ocean Club in Destin, Florida.
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