Jay Thomas – Jazz Trumpet, Saxophone

 Jay Thomas                   The Seattle Scene
thomas Jay Thomas, a native of Seattle, is an exciting and highly skilled multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes). His music could be described as lyrical without losing touch with the blues.

Thomas’ talent was recognized early when, as a high school student, he received a Down Beat scholarship for a year of study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Through the mid-seventies Thomas played with top musicians in the Bay Area, including Jessica Williams. Returning to Seattle in 1980 he became a frequent member of the house band at Parnell’s Jazz Club, performing with jazz artists such as George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, Diane Shurr, Slim Gaillard, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Sal Nestico, Chet Baker, and on and on……..

Thomas has appeared in concert with the bands of Mel Lewis, Clayton-Hamilton, Bill Holman, Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan, Herb Ellis, Jake Hanna and Mel Ryne and Chuck Israels. Vocalists Diane Shurr, Jay Clayton, Jan Stenz, Becca Duran, Greta Metasa and Ernestine Anderson all have used Jay’s talent for finding the perfect note and phrase behind their solos.


Live at Tula’s – Vol.2 – $16.50 360 Degrees – $15.00
tulas-vol-2 1. R Hour
2. What Is This Thing
3. Lament
4. Belltown
5. Sweet and Lovely
6. The Loneliest Room
7. Without a Song
8. Watts Up
360degrees 1. Cheryl
2. A Waltz
3. All Too Soon
4. Wingspan
5. Why Not
6. Aisha
7. Valse
8. Peacocks
9. Whims of Chambers
10. My Ideal
11. Blues for McVouty (Revisited)
12. Isfahan
Thomas – trumpet & saxophones,
John Hansen – piano, John Wikan – drums,
Paul Gabrielson – bass
Thomas – trumpet & saxophones,
Larry Fuller – piano, Bill Ramsey – alto sax
Doug Miller – bass, Gary Shutes – trombone
Jon Wikan – drums, Denny Goodhew – baritone sax, clarinets
Craig Hoyer – piano, Travis Shook and others on various tracks
12th and Jackson Blues – $22.50 Live at Tula’s – $19.50
twelvth 1. 12th and Jackson Blues
2. Jitterbug Waltz
3. Ladybird
4. Who Do You Love, I Hope?
5. Midnight Stomp
6. Is It True What They Way About Dixie?
7. Monk’s Mood
8. Mahalia’s Dance
9. Dream Dancing
10. Upside
 live 1. Boy What A Night
2. But Not For Me
3. Sophisticated Lady
4. Wendy
5. 7/4 Blues
6. Wee Dot
7. S’Wonderful
8. Soon
Thomas – trumpet & saxophones,
John Hansen – piano, John Wikan – drums
Russ Botten – bass
Thomas – trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor sax,
John Hansen – piano, Jon Wikan – drums,
Chuck Bergeron – bass