Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas

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Exile's Gate was formed in 1994 when the group recorded its first CD entitled, "Exile's Gate". Since then, the group has performed at several European festivals and recorded a second CD in 1997 entitled "Found on Sordid Streets".

Biography

Gary Thomas - tenor saxophonist, flutist, composer

Director and chair of jazz studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Jazz Saxophone and Flute, Jazz Improvisation, Ensembles. Studies at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Native of Baltimore, MD. Founder of jazz studies degree program at Peabody. First African-American degree program director at the conservatory. Internationally-known tenor saxophonist, flutist and educator. Has traveled the globe as both a leader and a sideman. Performance and recording credits alongside the likes of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, John McLaughlin, Dennis Chambers, Pat Metheny, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Nana Vasconcelos, Ron Carter, Vinnie Colaiuta, Billy Hart, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanborn, Joe Lovano, Geri Allen, Joshua Redman, Bobby McFerrin, Sam Rivers, Vanessa Williams, Betty Carter, George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Randy Brecker, James Newton, Jeff Watts, Marvin "Smitty"Smith, Patrice Rushen, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, John Scofield, Tony Williams, Kenny Garrett, Jimmy Smith, Steve Coleman, John Patitucci, Ravi Coltrane. In addition to 12 recording dates as a leader, his work on more than 80 recordings as a featured sideman reflects his status as one of the most coveted saxophonists on the jazz scene today. Two of his recordings as a leader, "By Any Means Necessary" and "While the Gate Is Open," were named best recordings of the 1990s by Downbeat Magazine. Has performed as a featured artist at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Kolner Philharmonic, L'auditorium Stravinski, Whitla Hall, Gasteig Philharmonic, Athens Concert Hall, The Hatch Shell, The Chicago Symphony Hall. Clinician at universities throughout the U.S. and Europe including University Of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, Towson University, Baltimore, MD, Esberg Musikkonservatorium, Esberg, Denmark Odense Musikkonservatorium, Odense, Demark, Malmo Folkhögskola, Malmo Sweden, Royal Conservatory Of Music, Stockholm, Sweden, National Conservatory Of Music, Paris, France, Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium, Copenhagen, Denmark, Folkwang Hochschule Essen, Essen, Germany, Berklee College Of Music, Boston, MA, Musik Hochschule Jazzabteilung, Graz, Austria, Bruckner Conservatory, Vienna, Austria, Hamburger Konservatorium, Hamburg, Germany, Staatliche Hochschule Fuer Musik,Trossingen, Germany. Has been highlighted in several texts including "The New Grove's Dictionary of Jazz", "Masters of the Jazz Saxophone: The Story of the Players and Their Music", Jazz: The Rough Guide: The Essential Companion to Artists and Albums, and the Simon and Shuster publication, Miles: The Autobiography. Commissioned by Baltimore Magazine to compose and record a suite of music representing a collection of more than fifty works of art featured in the September 2005 issue. The most recent highlights of Gary's activities would include his tenure with the British guitarist, John McLaughlin from 1997 to 1999 and he has been a member of the Herbie Hancock Quartet since 2002.

Discography

As a leader

GARY THOMAS "Pariah's Pariah" (Winter&Winter) 1998
GARY THOMAS "Found on Sordid Streets" (Winter&Winter) 1997
GARY THOMAS "Overkill" (jMT) 1995
GARY THOMAS "Exile's Gate" (jMT) 1993
GARY THOMAS "Till We Have Faces" (jMT) 1992
GARY THOMAS "The Kold Kage" (jMT) 1991
GARY THOMAS "While the Gate is Open" (jMT) 1990
GARY THOMAS "By Any Means Necessary" (jMT) 1989
GARY THOMAS "Code Violations" (ENJA) 1988
GARY THOMAS "Seventh Quadrant" (ENJA) 1987

As a co-leader

GARY THOMAS/VARIOUSARTISTS "Resurrection II: 20th Century Improvised Music Works” (Winter&Winter) 1998
GARY THOMAS/VARIOUSARTISTS "Monk to Bach" (Winter&Winter) 1998
GARY THOMAS/CHRISTY DORAN/MARC HELIAS/BOBBY PREVITE “Corporate Art” (jMT) 1991

As a sideperson

GEORGE COLLIGAN “Mad Science” (Sunny Sky) 2003
GEORGE COLLIGAN “Ultimatum” (Criss Cross) 2002
Q-TIP “Kamaal the Abstract” (Arista) 2002
MASHICA “The Real Thing” (Ranson Entertainment) 2003
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON “Jazz is a Spirit” (ACT) 2001
MAYSA “All My Life” (N-Coded Music) 2001
STEVE COLEMAN "Ascension to Light" (BMG France) 2001
STEVE COLEMAN "Sine Die" (Pangaea) 1988
ADAM PIERONCZYK “Digivooco” (PAO) 2001
RUTH NAOMI FLOYD “Fan Into Flame” (Contour Records) 2001
JIMMY WILSON “Future History” (Replicant Records) 2001
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN "The Heart of Things Live in Europe" (Verve/Polygram) 2000
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN "The Heart of Things" (Verve/Polygram) 1997
JACK DEJOHNETTE'S SPECIAL EDITION "Extra Special Edition" (Bluenote) 1994
JACK DEJOHNETTE'S SPECIAL EDITION "Earthwalk" (Bluenote) 1991
JACK DEJOHNETTE'S SPECIAL EDITION "Audio Visualscapes" (MCA) 1988
JACK DEJOHNETTE'S SPECIAL EDITION "Irresistible Forces" (MCA) 1987
GREG OSBY "The Invisible Hand" (Bluenote) 2000
GREG OSBY "Man-Talk for Moderns/Vol. X" (Bluenote) 1991
JAZZ UNIT “Yaqui” (Pama Records) 2000
GRAINGER “Phase II” (GBM Records) 2000
GRAINGER “Phase I” (GBM Records) 1997
STEFON HARRIS "Black Action Figure" (Bluenote) 1999
INGRID JENSEN "Higher Ground" (ENJA) 1999
TIM LEFEVRE and ZACK DANZIGER “Boomish” (KineticSurge) 1999
SAM RIVERS' RIVBEA ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA "Inspiration" (BMG/RCA) 1999
SAM RIVERS' RIVBEA ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA "Culmination" (BMG/RCA) 1999
RON BOSSE & PURSUANCE "Emotion and Intellect" (Thinking Man Records) 1999
STUART HART “Inner Voice” (Fusionhart Music) 1999
REZ ABBASI “Modern Memory” (Cathexis Records) 1999
JOHN ARNOLD "Black Market" (Cosmopolitan) 1999
JOHN ARNOLD "Native Beauty" (Cosmopolitan) 1997
MOGENSEN\FRISK QUARTET "Aquitaine" (Storyville) 1997
DAN GOTTSHALL "The Golem Shuffle" (Timbre) 1996
ANDRZEJ CUDZICH "Able To Listen" ( Polonia Records) 1996
ANTONIO HART "For Cannonball and Woody" (RCA/Novus) 1995
PAUL BOLLENBACK "Original Visions" (Challenge) 1995
ANDERS MOGENSEN "Taking Off" (Storyville) 1995
CARNEGIE HALL SALUTES THE JAZZ MASTERS (Verve/Polygram) 1994
TOM WILLIAMS QUINTET "Straight Street" (Criss Cross) 1994
CARL FILIPIAK “Hotel Real” (Geometric) 1994
GABRIELLE GOODMAN "Until We Love" (jMT) 1994
GABRIELLE GOODMAN "Travelin' Light" (jMT) 1993
URI CAINE "Toys" (jMT) 1994
URI CAINE "Sphere Music" (jMT) 1993
FOLEY "7 Years Ago...Directions in Smart Alec Music" (MoJAZZ) 1993
MICHELE ROSEWOMAN "Harvest" (ENJA) 1993
MICHELE ROSEWOMAN "Contrast High" (ENJA) 1991
MAKOTO KURIYA "X-Based Music" (KING) 1993
MAKOTO KURIYA "The Baltimore Syndicate" (PADDLEWHEEL) 1989
PETER HERBORN "Large Two" (JazzLine) 2001
PETER HERBORN "Large One" (JazzLine) 1998
PETER HERBORN "Traces of Trane" (jMT) 1992
TONY REEDUS "Incognito" (ENJA) 1991
WALLACE RONEY "No Job Too Big or Too Small" (32 Jazz) 1999
WALLACE RONEY "Obsession" (Muse) 1991
WALLACE RONEY "The Standard Bearer" (Muse) 1990
CASSANDRA WILSON "Jump World" (jMT) 1990
CECIL BROOKS III "The Collective" (Muse) 1989
WALLACE RONEY "Intuition" (Muse) 1989
WALLACE RONEY "Verses" (Muse) 1988

Set List

Compositions

Absolute Images
Adax
At Risk
A Brilliant Madness
By Any Means Necessary
Chiaroscuro
Code Violations
Continuum
The Dawning Crescent
The Divide
Exile's Gate
First Strike
For Those Who Still Hear the…
Foresight, Preparation and Subterfuge
Found on Sordid Streets
Gate of Faces
Intellect
Infernal Machine
Is Everything Relative
Janala
The Kold Kage
Kulture Bandits
Labyrinth
Maxthink
No
No Mercy Rule
Only Hearsay
Out of Harm's Way
Pariah's Pariah
Potential Hazard
Peace of the Corridor
Seventh Quadrant
Screen Gem
SybaseTablet of Destinies
Threshold
To the Vanishing Point
Traf
Trapezoid
Treason
Vanishing Time
Who's in Control?
Zero Tolerance
Zylog