Michael Thomas Quartet

Michael Thomas

Birdland Theater
All Ages
The Birdland theater is excited to welcome The Michael Thomas Quartet!
  • Michael Thomas - saxophone
  • Manuel Valera - piano
  • Hamish Smith - bass
  • Lee Fish - drums

Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger Michael Thomas has been an active member of the New York City jazz community since arriving in 2011. Holding degrees from the University of Miami, New England Conservatory, and The Juilliard School, Michael has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including tours in Central and South America, Australia, Europe, Japan, and Russia. He has appeared as a sideman with Brad Mehldau, Dafnis Prieto, Nicholas Payton, Miguel Zenón, Etienne Charles, and Jason Palmer, and Michael’s talents can be heard on over 30 recordings. As a composer and arranger, Michael has been commissioned by school and professional ensembles throughout the United States, and he is currently a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City. Since 2015, Michael has co-lead the Terraza Big Band, and the ensemble’s first album, One Day Wonder, was released in May 2019 on Outside In Music. Michael’s work has been recognized by DownBeat magazine as well as the “Keep an Eye” competition in Amsterdam, NL, and in 2016 he was a winner of the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music commission series. In addition to his work as a big band composer, Michael also regularly leads his quartet, with a new live album scheduled for release in spring 2020 on Giant Step Arts. Since September 2018, Michael has been on faculty at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of music as an Artist Teacher of jazz saxophone in the Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Institute.