Gary Thomas (musician)

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Gary Thomas (musician)
Gary Thomas in Munich (2002)
Gary Thomas in Munich (2002)
Background information
Born (1961-06-10) June 10, 1961 (age 61)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
GenresJazz, avant-garde
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute
LabelsEnja, JMT, Winter & Winter

Gary Thomas (born June 10, 1961) is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a member of Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition band and has worked with John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Greg Osby, Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson, Wallace Roney, Steve Coleman, and Miles Davis.

Thomas was the Director and Chair of Jazz Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.[1][2]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Cecil Brooks III[edit]

With Uri Caine

With George Colligan

  • Ultimatum (Criss Cross, 2002)
  • Mad Science (Sunny Sky, 2003)

With Corpulent (Joel Grip & Devin Gray)

  • Wolfwalk (Umlaut, 2005)

With Jack DeJohnette

With Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin

  • Carnegie Hall Salutes The Jazz Masters compilation (Verve, 1994) (Thomas appears on the track It's About That Time)[3]

With Wallace Roney

With Tony Reedus

  • Incognito (Enja, 1989)

With Paul Bollenback

  • Brightness of Being (Elefant Dreams, 2006)

With Jacek Kochan

  • Man of No Words (Gowi, 2008)

With John B. Arnold

  • Logorhythms (La Frontiera, 2004)

With Cassandra Wilson

With Christy Doran, Mark Helias and Bobby Previte

  • Corporate Art (JMT, 1991)

With Peter Herborn

  • Traces of Trane (JMT, 1992)
  • Large One (1997)
  • Large Two (2002)

With Gabrielle Goodman

  • Travelin' Light (JMT, 1993)
  • Until We Love (JMT, 1994)

With Sam Rivers' Rivbea All-star Orchestra

  • Inspiration (BMG France, 1999)
  • Culmination (BMG France, 1999)

With Greg Osby

  • The Invisible Hand (Blue Note, 1999)

With Stefon Harris

  • Black Action Figure (Blue Note, 1999)

With Peter Herborn

  • Large 2 (Jazzline, 2002)

With Ingrid Jensen

  • Higher Grounds (Enja, 1999)

With Terri Lyne Carrington

  • Jazz Is a Spirit (ACT, 2002)

With Lonnie Plaxico

  • So Alive (Eighty-Eight's, 2004)
  • West Side Stories (Plaxmusic, 2006)

With John McLaughlin

  • The Heart Of Things (Verve, 1997)
  • The Heart Of Things. Live In Paris (Verve, 2000)

With Steve Coleman

  • Sine Die (Pangaea, 1988)

With Tom Williams

  • Introducing Tom Williams (Criss Cross, 1991)

With Adam Pierończyk

  • Digivooco (PAO, 2001)

With Andrzej Cudzich[edit]

  • Able To Listen (Polonia, 1996)


  1. ^ "Gary Thomas". Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Gary Thomas". All About Jazz. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  3. ^ Carnegie Hall Salutes The Jazz Masters - 11.It's About That Time, retrieved 2022-02-25