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Leron Thomas

Born: April 8, 1979    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

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

Whatever Eric Harland- Drums/ tracks 1, 3, 5, 8 Taylor Eigsti- Piano/ tracks 1, 3-8 Harish Raghavan- Bass/ tracks 1-8 Matthew Stevens- Guitar/ tracks 1, 3, 5, 8 Michael Valeanu - Guitar/ tracks 4, 7 Justin Brown - Drums/ tracks 4, 7 Mixed by M.P. Kuo (Lofish Studios) Mastered by David Michel-Ruddy (The Hidden Fortress Oakland, California) All pieces composed and arranged by Leron Thomas Produced by Leron Thomas ...Take It Production of Project by Leron Thomas and Malik Crumpler (THOMAS & CRUMPLER INC) Sound Design by Malik Crumpler and Leron Thomas Engineered by Malik Crumpler Recorded and Mixed at Milerapa's Mind in New York, New York Mastered by David Michel Ruddy at the Hidden Fortress Oakland California Lyrics and Compositions by Leron Thomas Arranged by Leron Thomas (Except on 'Old Friends' and 'Appear To Stack' Arranged by Leron Thomas and Malik Crumpler) All Vocals, Keys, Percussion, Trumpet by Leron Thomas (Except on 'Old Friends' Background Vocals by Leron Thomas and Malik Crumpler . 'Kept' Background Vocals by Malik Crumpler. Ass kickin' Background Laughs by Malik Crumpler and Leron Thomas) Dirty Draws Vol.3 Leron Thomas- Vocals, Trumpet /Keyboards on tracks 1,2,5,6,8 Mark Kelley- Bass/ tracks 1-3,5,7,8 Guitar/ tracks 1,2,7 Keyboard/ tracks 1,6-8 Vocal/ track 4 Michael Valeanu- Guitar/ tracks 1-3, 9-11 (Solos On Tracks 2,9,11) Justin Tyson- Drums/ tracks 2,3,9-11 Shimrit Shoshan- Piano/ tracks 9-11 Carlo De Rosa- Bass/ tracks 9-11 Theo Hill- Piano/ tracks 2,3 Jean Christophe Maillard- Guitar/ tracks 2,3 (Solo On Track 3) Egardo Yayo Serka- Percussion, Vocal/ tracks 2,12 Mark Kelley made the track for Parliaments/ Lyric melody and Lyrics by Leron Thomas All other Compositions and Lyrics by Leron Thomas Producer: Leron Thomas Executive Producers: Chris Sacco & Mark Kelley Mixers/Engineers: Mark Kelley, Chris Sacco, Domenic Sabol (LoFish Studios), Javier Bernard (Innovative Studios) Juxtaposed: Axel Tosca Laugart- Juno, Rhodes, Piano/ tracks 1,3,5,6,9 Amaury Acosta- Drums/ tracks 1,3,5,7,9 Chris Smith- Electric Bass/ tracks 1,3,5,6,7,9 Aaron Nevezie- Guitar/ tracks 2,4,6 Theo Hill- Juno, Rhodes/ tracks 2,4,8 Burniss Earl Travis- Electric Bass/ tracks 2,4,8 Tom Roslak- Drums/ tracks 2,4,8 Frederika Krier- Strings/ tracks 5,6 Bridget Barkan- Vocals/ tracks 2,5,6 Leron Thomas- Trumpet, Lead Vocals Produced by Leron Thomas Executive Producer: Aaron Nevezie Around You: Frank LoCrasto- Keys Jamire Williams- Drums Burniss Earl Travis- Bass Lage Lund- Guitar Leron Thomas- Trumpet Produced by Leron Thomas Executive Producer: Malik Crumpler The Dodenhoff Session: Leron Thomas- Trumpet, Vocals, Keys Michael Severson- Guitar, Bass Tom Deis- Guitar, Keys, Synths Erik Dodenhoff- Keys Tom Roslak- Drums Improvsensation: Tracks: 1,2,6,and 7 Music by Michael Severson Lyrics by Leron Thomas. Tracks :11and 14 Music composed by Leron Thomas. Production by Michael Severson and Leron Thomas, Lyrics by Leron Thomas. All other songs written and composed by Leron Thomas. Tracks: 1-4,6-9,11,12 and 14 made in Michael Severson’s studio. Tracks: 1,10,13,15,16, made in Craig Magnano’s studio. Craig Magnano- Guitar, Bass, Drums on Tracks 5,10,13,15,16. Jamire Williams- Drums on track 15. Dirty Draws Vol.2: Brandon Owens- Bass, Co-Production/ track 4, Bass/ track 2 Craig Magnano- Guitar/ tracks ,4,7,10,11. Keys/ track 2 Benji- Guitar/ tracks 2,4 Darren Beckett- Drums/ track 2,4 Brandon Owens- Bass/ track 2 Stacy Dillard- Tenor Sax/ tracks 10,11 Emannuel Harold- Drums/ tracks 10,11 Ryan Berg- Bass/ tracks 7,10,11 Isaac Darsche- Guitar/ track 7 Jeremy 'Bean' Clemens- Drums/ track 7 Leron Thomas- Vocals, Trumpet. Midi-bass, Drums/ track 2 *Everything else by Leron Thomas & Craig Magnano Dirty Draws Vol.1: Craig Magnano- Guitar & Co-Production on 'Token Black Boy', Production on 'Bless Your Whole Crew' & 'Attached' Cris Conti- Co-Production & Guitar on 'Distractions' Bilal- Vocals on 'Strange As It May Seem ' Tiombe Lockhart- Vocals on 'Strange As It May Seem ' Derek Nieverguild- Bass on 'Strange As It May Seem ' Harold O'Neal- Piano on tracks 2,13,15 Eric Harland- Drums on tracks 13,15 Marcus Strickland-Tenor Sax on track 15 Ryan Berg- Bass on 'Are we having Sex Tonight' Rashaan Carter- Bass on 'Rollplay' 'Strange As It May Seem' Features Tiombe Lockhart and Bilal on Vocals. Lyrics and Composition by Leron Thomas

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