Born: August 22, 1947 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
A versatile vocalist, and an undiscovered treasure, Richard Thomas’ career began in Philadelphia in 1960 when he had the opportunity, at fourteen, to open for B.B. King.
Richard current CD Touch You With A Song, produced and arranged by Pianist John di Martino, is a compliment to his current collection, which includes: The Pleasure Of Your Company and Holiday Classics, both arranged by Pianist Lynne Arriale.
Richard’s voice is especially suited to well-known classic standards. Richard draws his inspiration from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Hartmann. In fact, you can hear a bit of each one when Richard sings.
Richard currently performs at Soundwaters Community Center in Stamford CT., which are home based. Additionally, he performs at the well-known Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk Connecticut, Sage American Grill & Oyster Bar in New Haven Connecticut, the Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook NY, the Levitt Pavilion in Westport CT, Szechuan Tokyo in West Hartford, the Jackie Robinson Jazz Festival in Norwalk CT; the Rich Forum & Palace theaters in Stamford CT, and Danny’s Skylight room in Nyc., as well as the Carlyle, and Waldorf Astoria hotels in Nyc. He has also performed for the Christopher Reeves Foundation and Pitney Bowes, Inc. Richard has shared the stage with famed Pianist Sarah Jane Cion, winner of the 1999 Great American Jazz Piano competition. Richard also performs with Guitarist Chris Morrison, Carmine Marino and John Cain. Jazz Pianists Alan Simon, Danny Mixon, Rob Silvan, David Epstein, Chris Casey, Jay Rowe and Joe McWilliams. Drummers include Bobby Leonard, Don Mulvaney, and Arti Dixon, who toured with Ahmid Jamal. He is also performed with Saxophonists Marion Meadows, Houston Pearson, Lonnie Youngblood, and Ken Gioffre of AWB. Richard’s also performed with famed Bassist Phil Bowler, who accompanied Horace Silver, as well as Bill Conway. Additionally, He had the opportunity to perform with the world famous Joyce DiCamillo Trio. Richard’s performances also include the Oaks Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls and the Registry Resort Hotel in Naples Florida and the Liberty Theatre in Sun Valley Idaho.
Richard has studied voice with screenplay writer Jay Fredrick’s of Westport Connecticut, Vocal Coach Jackie Presti of NYC, and Voices International of NYC. Richard also provides vocal coaching to several seasoned and non-seasoned singers. Richard maintains close relationship with Edge Studio of Fairfield Connecticut, one of the area’s leading recourses for voice-over education, as well as the well-known Carriage House Studio of Stamford Connecticut. In addition, Presence Studio of Westport Connecticut. He is affiliated with the Johnston Agency of Norwalk Connecticut in addition to James Daniel Music of Stamford Connecticut. Richard is a member of the Greenwich Connecticut Chamber Of Commerce. He has also been certified as Minority Supplier by the Connecticut Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc