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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: March 8, 1973    

Michele has been performing jazz in Chicago for over a decade. In that time she has managed to perform at such legendary venues as Chicago's own Green Mill, and worked with such well-known musicians as bassists Kelly Sill and Michael Arnopol, and pianist Ryan Cohen. Recognized for her “Ella-esque” tone and the musical coloring of “Sarah”, Michele Thomas brings a vibrant spirit to the voice of jazz. With her warm, heartfelt delivery and mean scat solos, she has won over the hearts of her fans and the jazz community!

She, like many of the great singers, grew up singing gospel music in the church. But for the last few years, Michele Thomas has zealously pursued finding her voice in the jazz idiom; so much so that she has already caught the attention of such distinguished jazz vocalists as Kevin Mahogany and Sheila Jordan....
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Featured recording “Messenger”

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Messenger

(2009)

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”Vocalist Michele Thomas is one of those new artists that you anxiously wait to hear more from, after their first CD has been released. Indeed, if larks could record CDs, they'd sound like Michele. She has a style that is joyful and soulful, her love for jazz music emanates through her scats and song phrasing.

This is one artist that you have no choice but to “dig” and I mean really sit up and listen. And that goes for even those who may not be hardcore jazz fanatics. Even if traditional jazz isn't your thing, Michele's seven track CD I'll Take Romance would change your mind before you could say the title of her CD.

Michele sounds like an old jazz soul on the jazz standard “I'll Take Romance” and sings it with a level of familiarity as if it were written for her. Wayne Shorter's “Black Nile” never sounded so good and Michele shows off her skills as she adds lyrics to this jazz instrumental standard.

Delve into “My One and Only Love” and Stevie Wonder's “Where Were You When I Needed You” and see how mellow and pleasant they are...

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Primary InstrumentVocalist

LocationChicago, IL

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundMichele Thomas is a professional vocalist concentrating in jazz, pop and gospel genres. With over ten years of classical training she has had extensive performance experience in jazz, gospel, background vocals and musical theater. She has also spent the past thirteen years training and conducting gospel and children’s choirs. Michele has made repeated appearances across the U.S...

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