NW JAZZ MASTERS SERIES with the JAY THOMAS QUARTET and BECCA DURAN
Jay Thomas, a native of Seattle, is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes). While still in high school he was the recipient of a Down Beat scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston. From Boston Jay moved to New York where he frequented Village jam sessions and worked with Machito’s Latin band. Three years later he had added flute and tenor to his repertoire. Through the mid-seventies Jay lived and played with top musicians in the Bay Area including Jessica Williams. In 1979 he moved back to Seattle and became a frequent member of the house band at Parnell’s Jazz Club working engagements with jazz artists George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, Diane Schuur and Slim Gaillard and sitting-in with many greats as they traveled thru Seattle.
Jay has appeared in concert with the bands of Mel Lewis, Clayton-Hamilton, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Bob Florence and Frank Wess. He has played festivals at Wolf Trap with Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan, the Aspen Jazz Festival with Herb Ellis, Jake Hanna and Mel Ryne (recorded with them on Roll Call), the duMaurier Jazz Festival three times with Chuck Israels and the duMaurier again in 1996 and 1997 with the Jay Thomas Quartet.
Jay can be heard on over 60 LPs and CDs. Blues For JW is Jay’s eighth CD as leader and fifth release from McVouty Records. Jay’s two latest CDs with Becca Duran are: If You Could See Me Now, a showcase for Becca’s blues and standards interpretations and Song For Rita, a trip to Brazil in the Getz/Gilberto tradition.
Becca Duran is a Los Angeles, California native and is now a resident of Seattle. She has appeared with many of the finest jazz instrumentalists in the area including Red Kelly, Freddie Greenwell, Buddy Catlett, Floyd Standifer, Julian Priester, Bill Ramsay and Jack Perciful. An accomplished jazz singer, she is known for the beauty of her sound, excellent time feel and superb phrasing. Her singing matches flexibility and purity of tone with intelligence, wit and sensuality.
Show starts at 9 PM. Cover is $5 @ the door.