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Leon Foster Thomas

Born: August 25, 1981    Primary Instrument: Drums, steel

Leon Foster Thomas

Having performed for audiences worldwide, Leon Foster Thomas is a unique force in modern jazz. The New York Amsterdam News has described his playing as “riveting, his artistry as unrivaled and his stage personality as dominant.” His virtuosic playing of the Steel Pan has enabled him to connect emotionally with the listener on every level. This World Steelband Music Festival Soloist and Duet Champion of 2002 and 2004, has worked with artists such as: Melton Mustafa, Nathan Davis, James Moody, Richard Smallwood, Hugh Masekela, Kevin Mahogany, David Dave Siegel, Nicole Henry, Abraham Laboriel, Sammy Figueroa, Len Boogsie Sharpe, Ken Professor Philmore, Ray Holman, Dolly Parton, Cyril Neville, Slinger Francisco Mighty Sparrow, 3 Canal, Etienne Charles, Winston Bailey Mighty Shadow, David Rudder, Pelham Goddard, Richard Bailey and James Polk to name a few...
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2002 World Steel Band Music Festival Soloist champion 2004 World Steel Band Music Festival Duet Champion
”Through his playing, he was transformed into one of the mythical char- acters— the spirit of the pans. It’s as if when he plays, he becomes one with the steel pans before the audience’s eyes. His artistry is unrivaled. His playing style riveting. And his stage personality domi- nant. He is absolutely charm- ing and works intensely hard at his craft, both as a musician and composer, yet makes it look so effortless.” - New York Amsterdam News

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