The Mainstay invites you to an evening with John Thomas, Programming Manager of The Mainstay. John is an acclaimed saxophonist and The Mainstay hosts him along with his modern jazz quartet for an evening of standards, original compositions and arrangements. Tickets are $17 online in advance and $20 phone reservations/door.
Protean artist John Thomas spans the chasm between the concert and jazz saxophone worlds. Equally adept at the arts of improvisation and interpretation, he insistently explores the bounds of genre and idiom.
From his beginnings as a jazz saxophonist, to appearing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and composing his own electro-acoustic music, he has refined and expanded his horizons as a performer and educator- a model of the 21st Century musician.
As a classical performer, he has premiered new solo and chamber works both in the US and abroad. He actively performs the standard repertoire of the saxophone, as well new works by young composers and electro-acoustic compositions.
As a jazz musician, Mr. Thomas has appeared with such artists as Bob Mintzer, Kevin Mahogany, Slide Hampton, and Michael Formanek. Pop music engagements include appearances with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Glen Miller Orchestra, Ben Vereen, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. Mr. Thomas is a busy performer in the Mid-Atlantic and has performed at venues including Meryerhoff Symphony Hall, Wolf Trap, the Strathmore, and Bethesda Blues and Jazz.
In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Thomas is heavily engaged in jazz education. Having previously held teaching positions at East Carolina University, the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Christian University, John is currently teaching jazz and saxophone at The Baltimore School for the Arts, Washington College, and the Peabody Conservatory.