Protean artist John Thomas spans the chasm between the concert and jazz saxophone worlds. Equally adept at the arts of improvisation and interpretation, he is constantly pushing the bounds of genre and idiom.
As a classical performer, he has premiered new solo and chamber works both in the US and abroad, and has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.
As a jazz musician, Thomas has appeared with such artists as Bob Mintzer, Kevin Mahogany, and Slide Hampton. Pop music engagements include appearances with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Glen Miller Orchestra, Ben Vereen, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and the Temptations.
In the Baltimore/Washington area, Thomas is a busy freelance performer and can be seen with many of the areas top jazz and pop groups, as well as with his own jazz quartet.
Thomas is an experienced and effective educator, having previously held teaching positions at East Carolina University, the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Christian University, and was the Director of Jazz Studies at Casper College. He currently teaches jazz and saxophone at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Washington College, and the Peabody Conservatory.
He holds the Masters of Jazz Performance degree from East Carolina University and is in the final stages of completing a doctorate in saxophone performance at the Peabody Conservatory.
John Thomas is Vandoren Artist, and is available for clinics, concerts, and masterclasses.