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Leron Thomas

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: April 8, 1979    

Leron Thomas

Leron Thomas’ musical journey began in his hometown of Houston Texas, always inspired by family rich with respect and understanding of quality music. After graduating from Houston’s distinguished High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, he ventured to New York City to develop as a trumpet player and composer, enrolling in Manhattan’s The New School.

While studying, his own music was evolving and maturing. Recognized for this he began performing professionally with various artists including Bilal, Billy Harper, Charles Tolliver and Roy Hargrove. The quality of his original compositions was enhanced when playing live alongside talented peers Robert Glasper, Damion Reid, Vicente Archer, Marcus Strickland, Harold O’Neal, Isaac Smith, Reggie Quinerly and Omer Avital...
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”The most direct reference to Waller came from trumpeter and vocalist Leron Thomas. Singing the Hoagy Carmichael tune, “Two Sleepy People,” popularized by Waller, Thomas’ romantic rendition finally arrested a crowd buzzing from the show’s frenetic pace.” Steven Chandler, highbrowmagazine.com

“They liked the incisive playing of trumpeter Leron Thomas, and probably especially liked his change-of-pace vocal feature, in which he classily sang Two Sleepy People, accompanied by Moran and Mateen” Peter Hum, blogs.ottawacitizen.com

”New York crew massive as always, what a night pre Sandy! Leron Thomas live was worth the ticket alone and Kilo Kish the bonus beat!” Gilles Peterson

“January is a time of year where many make grandiose promises and gestures – aka New Year’s resolutions – for their future intentions. Leron Thomas’s Appear to Stack has a clear intent and executes with precision, smack us around the head with soulful electronica that carries more weight than an operatic baritone. The song seems to tell a tale of music industry exploits. “You keep acting like success but won’t invest” says Leron. Invest in this.” Steph McLaren - letsbebrief.co.uk

”Some very good music went down. On Night 1 Mr. Thomas - trumpeter, singer, composer and almost comedian - sang wordy, needling songs about sex and insecurities and character flaws, yelling out private jokes wherever possible. Intermittently hilarious, his set fishtailed through jazz and rock and funk; he hasn’t found his cult just yet, but with more songs like “Roll Play,” he might.” Ben Ratliff - The New York Times

“Having made a career for himself through both his distinctive trumpet voice and compositional prowess, Leron Thomas added to his discography with his recent release of Juxtaposed, a utterly creative, if not partially bizarre, venture into the inventive mind of a masterful genre- bender.” Eric Sandler, The Revivalist

“All in all, Mr Thomas seems to have no fear. Its intelligent, casual, a little nuts and completely entertaining” Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“Friday's show featured LeRon Thomas from Houston, who dwarfed his instrument with his large frame and played beautifully, with a lighthearted, dancing disposition. Tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, pianist Robert Glasper, bassist Brandon Owens, and drummer Kendrick Scott completed the lineup. This clique has become loosely known as “the class of 2001”; they're a powerful, rambunctious lot, playing with remarkable advancement for their age. As Thomas and Hargrove went toe to toe, with yet another trumpeter, Keyon Harold, sitting in on a fast “Straight, No Chaser,” the combative but good-natured ethos of the cutting session filled the air. And by no means was Hargrove pulling any punches. The strong players to his left and right were raising the stakes and pushing him to the limit. “Play your horn!” implored someone in the audience, and Hargrove responded with biting phrases, deep in the pocket and drenched in soul.” David Adler, All About Jazz

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