Thad Wilson's music is best described in one word: Authentic. Thad was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey, however, his musical life started as a child living in Montgomery, Alabama. At the age of twelve, neighbors could see (and hear) him on his front lawn practicing Taps on his trumpet until dark.
At the age of fifteen, he moved back to New Jersey where he graduated from Elizabeth High School and was quickly recognized for his talent. He was awarded the All-American High School Music Award and a place in New Jersey's All-State Jazz Ensemble. Thad was now en route to majoring in Music Education at New Jersey City University. After college, he studied privately with Jimmy Owens, former member of Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band, and it was Jimmy who gave Thad a glimpse into the life of a professional jazz musician. Thad spent many nights in NYC, playing at jam sessions at the Village Door,Village Gate, Blue Note, Visiones, Smalls, University of the Streets, and attending every live performance he could get to. He played with many of the greats such as James Moody, Benny Golson, Arnie Lawrence, Cecil Bridgewater, Vanessa Ruben, Ted Curson, and many others.
These experiences led Thad to tour the world as a trumpeter and guest artist. His worldwide appearances include Barcelona and Bilboa, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Paris, France; Antigua, Guatemala; Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico; the D.C. Jazz Festival; Atlanta Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and many other cities around the world. In 2003, Thad's writing expanded to film score composing and more extended musical projects. Thad performed his original suite, Reflections on Romare, at the National Gallery of Art’s Romare Bearden exhibition opening in 2005. In 2006 and 2007, he served as Program Director for The National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Garden summer concert series.
In 2008, Thad went on the road with the musical production, Ella, which chronicled the life and times of Ella Fitzgerald. He played the role of Donnie and was featured in the play performing a musical impression of Louis Armstrong.
Currently, in addition to composing and touring, Thad teaches Jazz Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he resides.
RUSSELL MALONE - Russell Malone is one of the signature guitar player of this generation. The leader of ten albums since 1992, Malone is as well-known on the international circuit for helming a world-class quartet and trio as he is for his long- standing participation in Ron Carter's Golden Striker Trio, and his recent consequential contribution to the musical production of the likes of Sonny Rollins and Dianne Reeves, who recruited Malone for his singular tone, refined listening skills, limitless chops, and efforescent imagination.
In all these circumstances, Malone addressses the tradition on its onw terms, refracting the vocabularies and syntax of such heroes as Charline Christian, Chet Atkins, George Van Eps, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, and George Benson into an argot entirely his own. A master of all tempos, a relentless swinger, he spings his stories - in idioms ranging from the urban and downhome blues, country, gospel, various corners of the American Songbook, and hardcore jazz - with a soulful, instantly recognizable instrumental voice, and seasons them with sophisticated harmonies that are never "top hip for the room."